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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 red turnip beetle is a pest that feeds on cruciferous crops such as canola or mustard.

Separating the good insects from the bad

These two insects look similar, but only one is beneficial in your fields


Throughout the growing season growers are tasked with the need to tell the difference between many “good” and “bad” things in the field. Sometimes it is hard to quickly tell the difference. Knowing the difference between things in the field is critical to determine if, when, and how to treat. Take for example the red […] Read more


New strain of rhizobia enters the soybean inoculant game

Lallemand Plant Care recently discovered Bradyrhizobium elkanii

Until recently, Bradyrhizobium japonicum has been the primary nitrogen-fixing bacteria in commercial soybean inoculants, but Lallemand Plant Care recently discovered a new strain called Bradyrhizobium elkanii that it has incorporated into its new liquid inoculant product, LALFIX DUO SL PROYIELD. “In laboratory testing under artificial conditions, we found that Bradyrhizobium elkanii is about 50 per […] Read more

Developing an inoculant strategy

If you’re growing soybeans, you should have a plan to get them inoculated

Soybeans can biologically fix 50 to 60 per cent of their nitrogen, with the rest coming from soil reserves. Bradyrhizobium japonicum is a bacteria specific to soybeans that causes nodule development on plant roots, working symbiotically with the soybean plant to fix nitrogen. Because this rhizobium is not native to Canadian Prairie soils, soybean growers […] Read more


Dry weather affects inoculant efficacy

Dry spring weather may have reduced soybean inoculant effectiveness

The August Bean Report from the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) suggested one of the reasons that some growers were seeing yellowing on their soybean crops could have been due to a nitrogen deficiency because of inadequate nodulation, with the possibility that dry conditions earlier in the season may have reduced the efficacy of […] Read more

Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers and program sponsors, from left 
Carl Marquis(COYF Past President), Komie Hossini (Bayer), winners Justin and Laura Rogers (N.B.), Bruce Rutherford (CIBC), winners Mylène Bourque & Simon Michaud (Que.), Jenny Ose (John Deere), Isabelle Bériau (AAFC), Sébastien Léveillé (Sollio Agriculture).

Eastern farms capture Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers awards

P.E.I and Que. Farmers selected from nominees as national winners

The national awards for Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) stayed east in 2019 as Justin and Laura Rogers of Brae, P.E.I., and Simon Michaud and Mylène Bourque of Kamouraska, Que. were chosen in December as overall winners from seven regional OYF finalists from the across the country. At competitions hosted by the Atlantic Canada OYF […] Read more


Is your farm doing cash, accrual, or no budgeting?

Farm Management: Budget planning hasn’t kept pace with today’s farm value, size, or complexity

Our firm, Stark & Marsh, uses benchmarking as a tool to compare farm financial performance. The average southwest Saskatchewan incorporated farm we benchmark is 4,000 acres. Between inputs, machinery and land, costs can meet and exceed $300/acre. Costs of $300/acre multiplied by 4,000 acres equals an annual expense budget of $1.2 million dollars. This number […] Read more

Herbicide “layering” strategy delivers multiple punches

Effective for weed control and reduces risk of herbicide resistant weeds surviving

Corey Loessin has for several years been delivering the one/two and sometimes multiple punches through the pulse crop weed control program on his northwest Saskatchewan farm. Primarily growing red lentils and yellow peas near Radisson, northwest of Saskatoon, Loessin says his main objective is to use different products with varying modes of action to control […] Read more


Will and Cindy Lowe farm near Kyle, Saskatchewan. These are their four children.

Meet your farming neighbours: The Lowes

Meet Will and Cindy Lowe from Kyle, Saskatchewan

Every farm has its own story. No two farms (or farmers) are exactly alike. Everyone got started in a different way, and every farm has a different combination of family and hired staff who make the decisions and keep things running. But, in general, even after you consider all of the details, farmers are more […] Read more

POGA speaks out on Value Creation

The Prairie Oat Growers Association have a plan to provide more funds to seed breeders

The Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) would like to provide comments on the Grainews editor’s column titled “Paying for seed breeding.” In this article, Leeann Minogue suggested that “We’re already electing farmers to commodity boards across the Prairies, and these boards are already investing our money into research and development. These elected reps are studying […] Read more