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The pea crop was at the R4 stage — most of the pods on the plants were done filling but hadn’t started to ripen yet. There were numerous patches of damaged plants spread randomly around the field, the largest were on the headlands.

Crop advisor casebook: Why are these pea pods scratched and shredded open?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 24, 2020 issue of Grainews

Brian is a grain farmer who also runs a successful crop input and agronomy business near Humboldt, Sask. He regularly calls or drops by my office with questions or ideas, so I wasn’t surprised when Brian came in to see me late last July. After shaking my hand, Brian got right down to business, pulling […] Read more

Dwayne Beck, research and production manager at the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, spoke at the Regenerative Agriculture Forum in Brandon, Man.

Want to reduce pests and increase profits?

On the Dakota Lakes Research Farm, regenerative ag means good soil, good profits

When a group of farmers near Pierre, South Dakota, established the Dakota Lakes Research Farm in 1986, their main focus was on irrigation and water issues. At the recent Regenerative Agriculture Forum in Brandon, Man., Dakota Lakes research and production manager, Dwayne Beck, described how he and his team have focused on better managing the […] Read more


Laura Bennett is a junior assistant manager at Lobethal, a 13,000-acre farm.

Non-wetting soils down under

The same type of soil that’s beautiful on the beach can be tough to farm

During my recent trip to the southern coast of Western Australia I learned about something I didn’t even know existed: non-wetting soils. The coastline in this part of Australia is exquisitely beautiful with white powder sandy beaches and turquoise blue water. This beautiful white sand is also what makes this area so challenging to farm. […] Read more

There are a number of 4R stewardship resources you can check out to find out what's best for your farm.

4R on 90 per cent of canola acres?

The Canola Council targets use of 4R nutrient practices on 90 per cent of acres by 2025

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) wants to see growers utilizing 4R nutrient stewardship practices on 90 per cent of canola acres by 2025. “We have found there is a strong appetite for this from NGOs, and some food companies that have sustainability metrics and want to source sustainably produced products,” says Curtis Rempel, vice-president […] Read more


Wait until they’re ready

Farm Safety: Keep your kids safe on the farm during Ag Safety Week and all year round

Because we have a 13-year-old on our farm who is just learning how to operate machinery, it seems important to take note of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week, March 15 to 21 this year. Farming is a dangerous job for experienced farmers; bringing children and teenagers near the dangerous equipment in our back yard is a […] Read more

Hiring labour for your farm

Ask the right questions, tell people about the job, and make sure you’re on the same page

At the Farm Forum Event in Saskatoon this winter, Leah Knibbs, a human resource management expert from Kn/a HR Consulting, gave farmers some tips on finding and keeping the right farm employee. Knibbs offered several pointers to use during job interviews. “The best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour,” she said. When you’re asking […] Read more


In parts of the field, wheat plants were pale, shorter and had smaller heads than the healthy-looking wheat. Maturity was delayed. Tissue tests would show the truth.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s holding back this stunted wheat?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 10, 2020 issue of Grainews

Randy, a grain farmer near Winnipeg, Man., was surveying one of his wheat fields back in June when he noticed that something was off with the crop. There was a large area running right up the middle of the field that had stunted, pale-looking wheat and he was anxious to find out why. Randy called […] Read more

Sustainable agriculture is both a philosophy and a system of farming.

Redefining agricultural production

Organic, regenerative, sustainable. What do all of these new terms mean?

Agricultural production used to be basically divided into two camps; conventional and organic. The two production styles have clear delineations and are pretty much exclusive of each other. Today the lines between these systems are being blurred as farmers are beginning to embrace sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices. All of these different terms can be […] Read more


Ernest sprayed his flax field with a Group 1 herbicide to eliminate green foxtail in his crop, 
but the treatment didn’t appear to be having 
any affect.

Crop advisor casebook: Herbicide not doing its job in this farmer’s flax field

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 3, 2020 issue of Grainews

Back in June, I got a call from Earnest, who grows 2,500 acres of soybeans, canola, oats and flax on his farm near Starbuck, Man. He told me he’d recently sprayed his flax field with a Group 1 herbicide to eliminate green foxtail in his crop, but the treatment didn’t appear to be having any […] Read more

Producer panel at the Regenerative Agriculture Forum organized by the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association in Brandon in November. 
L to R: Arron Nerbas, Brooks White, Scott Wolfe. 


Tips and tricks for regenerative agriculture

Producers and agronomists take questions on regenerative ag at a Manitoba Forum

Interested in regenerative agriculture, and how you might implement it on your farm? The Regenerative Agriculture Forum organized by the Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association in Brandon in November, brought together producers and experts to talk about these subjects. A panel discussion included three farmers, Brooks White, Matt Vansteelandt and Arron Nerbas. White and his […] Read more