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The durum stand was thin and uneven, with numerous bare rows as well as areas that had lots of sickly-looking plants. Where germinated plants had emerged, many of them were turning yellow and were starting to wilt, particularly the larger three-leaf plants.

Crop advisor casebook: Durum wheat mystery revealed

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the December 1, 2020 issue of Grainews

David runs a grain operation about 30 kilometres southwest of Moose Jaw, Sask., growing durum wheat, canola and lentils on his 4,500-acre farm. In the third week of June, I got a call from the producer saying his durum crop was doing poorly. David told me the durum stand was thin and uneven, with numerous […] Read more

The Salford Halo HSD is the high-speed disk version of its new Halo line. A company manager says it’s a response to loyal Salford customers seeking an HSD option carrying the brand.

Need for speed driving popularity of high-speed disks

HSDs help make tillage operations go faster in a world where time is of the essence

Ask a group of experts what producers are looking for in new tillage equipment today and the most common answer will likely be “speed.” In this case, that means the ability to get tillage operations finished quickly with as few passes as possible. But speed only tells part of the story. The bigger picture behind […] Read more


“Whether it’s on thumb drives, on a monitor in the combine, on a computer or in a software program, getting that data into one place so you can see it together, analyze it together and make decisions based off of the entire picture is the first step.” – Derek Freitag.

How to get the most out of the data you collect

Overcome the top data usage and analysis hurdles

While farmers and their agronomists or crop advisors have the ability to collect all kinds of data using precision agriculture tools, few farmers are analyzing and interpreting the data and developing solutions themselves, which begs the question, why? One of the first challenges is data is housed in many different places, says Derek Freitag, market […] Read more

Bayer Crop Science’s digital data management platform Climate FieldView allows producers to visualize and analyze crop production data and assist with management decisions.

The true value of ag data collection

Measure your production and your areas of profitability and loss

If you asked most farmers 10 years ago for their definitions of precision agriculture, they would’ve likely included the terms variable-rate technology, satellite imagery or yield mapping. Today, that definition is far more fluid because there are many ways to collect a variety of data, and just as many ways to interpret and apply it […] Read more


The new FendtONE operator interface relies on up to three display screens.

FendtONE improves digital access

Improved operator interface makes tractor and implement control easier

Among the key trends influencing machinery design across all brands today is operator comfort. As part of that, making digital control and access simpler and more intuitive has figured high for engineering priorities as well. AGCO’s Fendt brand has been working on those priorities too. The latest result of that effort is the introduction of […] Read more

BASF announced Oct. 19 it has received registration for Broflanilide, its newest active ingredient, from Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency.

Difficult to get a count on wireworms

New BASF seed treatment should pack a terminal punch

New BASF seed treatment should pack a terminal punch

If there was such a thing as carefree wireworm days they definitely have become numbered as registration of a new, effective seed treatment developed by BASF has received final registration. Why it matters: The presence of wireworms when sampling, even at low levels, is a potential cause for concern, experts say. BASF announced Oct. 19 […] Read more


AGCO is introducing the 900 MT and 1100 MT tracked versions of its premium Fendt brand to North America.

Fendt expands its North American tractor offering

More model lines from AGCO’s Fendt

Fendt’s traditional home and main tractor manufacturing facility is nestled in picturesque Bavaria, in southern Germany, and it’s just a 35-minute cab ride at 210 kilometres per hour on the Autobahn from Munich’s airport. (Trust me on that.) The Marktoberdorf facility is extremely modern and builds the brand’s several wheeled tractor model lines. But here […] Read more

The 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers Simon Michaud and Mylene Bourque of Quebec (left) and Justin and Laura Rogers of Atlantic Canada (right) will have to wait another year to welcome the next national winners.

In-person, Outstanding Young Farmers national awards on hold until 2021

Organizers decided it’s much better when everyone can meet in person

[UPDATE (at bottom): Nov. 13, 2020] Canada’s Outstanding Young Farmers (COYF) alumni, nominees and guests will have to wait another year to experience the hospitality of the “Paris of the Prairies,” as the 2020 national awards event to be held in Saskatoon in early December has been cancelled. Read more: COYF plans virtual program The […] Read more


New wheat, barley, oat varieties for 2021

Expect yield improvements and strong disease resistance packages

Alliance Seed, Canterra Seeds, FP Genetics, Proven Seed, SeCan and SeedNet are rolling out new cereal varieties to western Canadian Prairie producers in 2021. Featuring yield improvements and strong disease resistance packages, some of these options may prove a good fit for your business needs. Please note, the following list includes only brand new variety […] Read more

New canola varieties for 2021

Almost two dozen canola hybrids will be coming your way, some with improved shatter and clubroot resistance

Looking for the latest canola options? Twenty-three new hybrids will be hitting the market for western Canadian farmers in 2021. Strong standability, improved shatter resistance and clubroot resistance are major themes in the new lineup. Please note, the following list includes only brand new variety releases for 2021. BASF InVigor L357P is a pod shatter-reduction […] Read more