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AAC Marvelous on the right, CDC Rowland on left.

Long-time flax producers share the secrets of their successes

Farmer Panel: Tips from seasoned flax growers

While it may not sit centre stage compared with other Prairie crops, flax still remains an important rotational choice for many producers. From reducing disease and weed pressure to increased length and flexibility of rotations, the reasons farmers keep growing flax are many and varied. We’ve checked in with some Prairie flax producers on why […] Read more

Provincial weed specialist Clark Brenzil says Saskatchewan may be coming out of a dry cycle in 2021, which means that C3 weeds, such as wild mustard (shown here) and wild oat could do better this year.

How will you prep your fields this spring for best weed control?

What you need to know heading into Plant 2021

Farmers need to be on their toes to keep weeds in check and prevent crop injury this spring due to environmental conditions last year and those developing now. To help make the job easier for you, Grainews reached out to weed specialists in each province for their recommendations this spring season. Alberta In Alberta, Agriculture […] Read more


The Seed Terminator attaches to the combine and pulverizes weed seeds before they become weeds. To see the unit in action on Lade's farm, visit 
https://youtu.be/O1Tg4UvM_lE.

Is mechanical harvest weed seed control a good option for the Prairies?

Saskatchewan farmers discuss the benefits and ROI of weed seed-destroying equipment

Saskatchewan farmer Josh Lade is starting to reap the rewards of using a harvest weed seed smasher on his farm. With his wife, Jeannie, and partners John, Janice, Rayden and Jenn Wiebe, Lade grows cereals, pulse crops and oilseeds on about 16,000 acres near Osler, Sask. In total, the Lades and the Wiebes have imported […] Read more

Practical tips for soybean seeding success

Practical tips for soybean seeding success

Four Manitoba producers talk about preferred planting equipment, target plant stands, seeding rates and depths, and more

As another soybean season approaches, we’ve checked in with several producers to get details about their seeding practices — from seeding rates and depths to planting populations and types of planting equipment. The Penners, Elm Creek Calvin Penner and his family in Elm Creek, Man., generally keep soybeans in a four-year rotation. Long ago, when […] Read more


Rebate roundup 2021

Rebate roundup 2021

Program details to maximize your input dollars and put cash back in your pocket

Once again, it’s time for the Grainews annual rebate roundup. While rebate programs aren’t the main factor in decision-making for the crop protection process, producers need to know their options. Without further ado, and in alphabetical order, here’s our annual roundup of available rebates in Western Canada for the 2021 growing season. BASF The 2021 […] Read more

Roquette’s pea protein plant at Portage la Prairie, Man., is now contracting for organic yellow peas for the 2021 season, providing Canada’s organic pulse growers with access to a new domestic market.

Roquette offering new organic yellow pea contracts

Contract details, preferred varieties and the easiest route to go organic

Growers in Manitoba can now take advantage of new yellow pea contract opportunities with Roquette. The global leader in plant-based food product ingredients is now contracting for conventional and organic yellow peas for its new processing plant near Portage la Prairie, Man., which is at present the largest pea protein plant on the planet. Roquette […] Read more


This photo shows potassium deficiency in soybean. A crop with high-yield potential may run out of certain nutrients, or be approaching that critical point faster than farmers may anticipate. Tissue testing at critical crop growth stages can identify both existing and potential fertility problems.

How multiple in-season tissue tests will optimize your fertility program and yields

Check plant nutrient levels at critical crop growth stages to identify existing and potential problems

Plant tissue analysis is a nutrient management tool that has been around for a few years, but as more farmers and agronomists realize the valuable insights it can provide, its use is growing among both these groups. Why it matters: More farmers and agronomists are using multiple in-season tissue test results to optimize fertility programs. […] Read more

Adjuvants help keep pesticide ingredients suspended in spray water and improve adherence to what you are targeting.

What to do – and what not to do – when using adjuvants

How to get the most out of your crop protection products

Most pesticide labels include a section indicating what type of adjuvants will help you get the most out of your crop protection applications. These labels feature language such as “required,” “recommended” or “can be used” to help you understand which adjuvants are essential to your mix and which ones are optional. But it’s not as […] Read more


Up against some resistance? These tips below could help reduce the chances of your fields becoming a haven for hard-to-eliminate weeds.

Eight ways to boost your herbicide resistance prevention strategy

The latest information and improvements to management systems

It’s a dire situation that the number of herbicide groups various weeds are resistant to continues to grow across the Prairies; however, farmers should take heart as there are many actions they can take to protect their fields this year and for years to come. It’s about managing weeds to reduce reliance on, and enhance […] Read more

How to maximize the efficacy of your crop protection products

How to maximize the efficacy of your crop protection products

For starters, ensure you have adequate water quality

No farmers want to unintentionally alter the efficacy of their crop protection products because of water quality pumped into the tank. However, farmers may do just that if they do not have their farm water source tested every year and take the appropriate actions based on the results of those tests. There are several factors […] Read more