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The affected canola plants were stunted and had prematurely ripened. When I pulled up a few plants to look at the roots they appeared normal.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing these undersized, odd-coloured canola stems?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 21, 2020 issue of Grainews

John, who grows mainly wheat, canola and peas on his farm near Canora, Sask., called me in late August to report a problem his swather operator had spotted while swathing a canola field. Within the field, he said, there were numerous patches with canola plants that were undersized and had odd-coloured stems. John hadn’t seen […] Read more

The topmost spikelets were shrivelled and bleached-looking, and the awns were also white and bent.

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: Deformed wheat spikelets spell trouble

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 7, 2017 issue of Grainews

Dan operates a 5,000-acre grain farm south of Canora, Sask. Last summer, he called me mid-July to inquire if any other producers in the area were discovering white heads in their hard red spring wheat crops. In certain areas of his fields, he said, shortly after heading, some wheat plants had developed a whitish tinge […] Read more


Crop advisor’s Casebook

When Ken, a local farmer who owns a 2,900-acre farm in Norquay, Sask., discovered darkened heads appearing throughout one of his wheat fields, he called me right away. “It has to be some sort of disease, but I’ve never seen these particular symptoms before. I can’t seem to figure out what it is,” Ken explained […] Read more