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The nymph (juvenile) stage of 
the twice-stabbed stink bug.

New and notable Prairie crop pest insects

Haven’t heard of canola flower midge? Can’t identify those RED BUGS showing up in your fields? Didn’t know alfalfa weevil populations are developing insecticide resistance? Everything you need to know about new insect threats

Most Prairie farmers know more than they might want to about common crop pests like grasshoppers, cutworms and flea beetles. However, nature likes to throw curveballs, and pests are no exception. Here’s what you need to know about several new-to-you pests currently catching Prairie farmers by surprise. Alfalfa weevil While alfalfa weevils are familiar to […] Read more


Anhydrous ammonia, or NH3, is one of the most commonly used fertilizers. It’s low cost, highly effective and contains one of the most concentrated forms of nitrogen, with levels at 82 per cent. However, it can also be highly hazardous.

Anhydrous ammonia – handle with care!

While fertilizers share a common purpose, there’s no one-size-fits-all instruction manual. Learning about the unique properties and precautions for each fertilizer used on your operation could save time, money and prevent serious injury. Anhydrous ammonia, or NH3, is one of the most commonly used fertilizers. It’s low cost, highly effective and contains one of the […] Read more

Two-striped grasshopper and wheat midge numbers on the rise in Saskatchewan

Another dry spring could also increase flea beetle pressure

Exactly which insect pests will chomp their way into your crops this year and how much damage they’ll do depends on wind, weather and, above all, your scouting and management choices. This year, Saskatchewan growers should keep an eye out for rising populations of two-stripe grasshopper and wheat midge, meanwhile dry spring conditions will increase […] Read more


The Omnis FT Tillage Tool is ideal for breaking up compaction and providing consistent soil tilth in conditions where residue has already been properly sized and distributed by the combine.

Horsch introduces the Omnis FT Tillage Tool

New tool offers uniform water infiltration, soil warming and residue and soil blending

Horsch has announced an expansion of its North American primary tillage line with the launch of the all-new Omnis FT Tillage Tool. Engineered and built at the company’s Mapleton, N.D., facility, the new concept in primary tillage incorporates innovations pioneered by Horsch — a global manufacturer of seeding, planting, tillage and application equipment — both […] Read more

Producers should also be on the lookout for phytophthora 
root rot in soybeans.

Pulse and soybean disease roundup

Managing disease in these crops may be a particular challenge this year

Though crop diseases are a concern every year, they may prove particularly challenging in 2020 after last year’s difficult, wet harvest. Since the most successful farmers are proactive and prepared, it may pay to be ready to tackle whatever disease challenges Mother Nature throws your way this year. “I would say my biggest concern for […] Read more


Rob Saik is founder and CEO of a new service called AGvisorPro, which was launched in 2019 and connects farmers with agriculture experts through an app. He is also the founder of the crop consulting service Agri-Trend.

AGvisorPro connects producers to virtual consultants

Technology has increased relevance during pandemic

No one plans or welcomes a pandemic, but Rob Saik says in this unexpected time of isolation and social distancing, a new service he launched in 2019 can help farmers connect with a diverse network of agricultural expertise either online or by phone, at a time when face-to-face personal contact is being discouraged. Saik, well […] Read more

Sponsor needed for mental health connection

As Rob Saik and Patrick Walther have developed the AGvisorPro service to connect farmers with a wide range of experts, one important service gap needing industry support is mental health consulting. Saik, co-founder and CEO of AGvisorPro, says mental health services is one area of advice and counselling he’d like to make available to farmers […] Read more


Nuseed has partnered with Federated Cooperatives Ltd. for the introductory launch of the canola hybrid NC355TF in limited quantities for 2020.

First Nuseed canola hybrid registered in Canada

Official registration received from CFIA for Nuseed Canadian canola hybrid

The registration of Nuseed’s first Canadian canola hybrid, NC355TF, marks the seed company’s entry into the Canadian canola market. It’s the first hybrid resulting from Nuseed’s six-year Canadian canola R&D field program, which is dedicated to developing top-performance hybrids for Canadian conditions, according to the company. “This registration is the first in an exciting new […] Read more

Fusarium head blight.

Cereal diseases to watch in 2020

Tan spot, septoria complex, scald, FHB and root rots top the list. What’s the outlook for your region?

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is predicting a slight increase in seeded acreage of wheat in 2020. Difficult spring planting conditions ran the gamut across the Prairies in 2019 from limited to excess moisture; however, moisture levels going into 2020 look adequate, with projected cool, dry conditions. Regardless, producers should start the season armed with a […] Read more


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