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Corn diseases to watch for this season

Corn growers will need to be on the lookout for goss’s wilt and fusarium stalk rot

With seeding time fast approaching, now is a good time to take note of two corn diseases that could pose challenges to growers in 2018. One disease that has received a lot more attention in recent years is goss’s wilt, a bacterial disease of corn. Damage from sand-blasting, rain, strong winds or hail can cause […] Read more

Help your fields by adding soybeans

Adding soybeans to your rotation as good options for expanding your crop rotation

Traditionally, western Canadian rotations have been primarily made up of wheat and canola. However, new corn hybrids and soybean varieties present great alternatives for western Canadian growers — opening up more options for management and marketing. The ideal crop rotation has at least a two-year gap between the same crop. Benefits of including a minimum […] Read more

Sclerotinia on a canola plant stem.

Four tips to help prevent crop diseases

Growers know which diseases exist in their fields and how to manage them, especially widespread diseases like sclerotinia, blackleg and clubroot in canola. However, changing management practices have altered the prevalence of many diseases, leading to an increase in frequency and affected areas due to over-reliance on genetics rather than good management practices. Growers should […] Read more

Critical weed-free period in corn

Keeping your corn crop weed free through the key stages can lead to higher yields

The critical weed-free period (CWFP) in corn takes place from emergence to V4 stage (six-leaf stage). Although corn is typically seen as a longer-season crop, maintaining a clean, weed-free field during this period is critical. A weed-free field is important during all stages of the CWFP. Corn isn’t a very competitive crop, so during the […] Read more

Get more from your soybeans

Soybean growers should be aware of some agronomy recommendations. Soybeans require a bacteria, Bradyrhizobium japonicum, to create nitrogen-fixing nodules on its roots. The bacteria that forms nodules on soybean roots is not found naturally in soils in Western Canada, so inoculation is necessary. If the plant has poor nodulation, it must rely on nitrogen present […] Read more