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Cereal Cyst Nematode confirmed in Montana

The effects of Cereal Cycst Nematode (CCN) can be confused with Rhizoctonia root rot. Now is the time to watch for signs/symptoms of this pest in cereals. For more information on what symptoms and signs look like, see the Montana AgAlert for CCN. To learn more, or to see more MSU alerts, visit the Montana […] Read more

Stripe rust alert in Alberta

Disease found in Oregon three weeks earlier than ever recorded

Alberta Agriculture plant pathologist Mike Harding has issued a bulletin noting that stripe rust alerts have been issued for Oregon and Montana. A Jan. 19 Capital Press story says stripe rust has been discovered in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Oregon State University plant pathologist Chris Mundt and three extension researchers issued an alert Jan. 19 informing […] Read more


Alberta ag minister books off after surgery

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has named an associate agriculture and rural development minister to handle the portfolio while provincial Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson takes sick leave. Grande Prairie-Smoky MLA Everett McDonald, a farmer and former reeve for the County of Grande Prairie, was appointed Tuesday to the associate minister’s post. Olson, the ag minister since […] Read more

Diversification isn’t limited to growing multiple crops, it could involve raising livestock or producing food products right on your farm.

Four tips for farm diversification

With lower prices and high disease pressure, farmers looking for new crops to fill in
 gaps in rotations or increase profits can use these tips to evaluate new opportunities

If you’re like most Canadian farmers 2014 was hard. Low commodity prices depressed incomes across all operations. For many younger farmers this will be their first experience of hardship. The last few years, when many began farming for the first time, have seen high prices and many may had planned growth and expansion for the […] Read more


Symptoms of black chaff on wheat include discolouration of mature wheat head, dark brown or purple markings on wheat stems, and leaf streaking.

Beating back black chaff

Black chaff can lower yields in your wheat field. Make sure your seed is disease free this spring


You’re out in your wheat field, inspecting your crop. It’s been a good season, a bit wet earlier in the year, but the plants are growing strong and it looks like you’ll have a good yield come autumn. Then you spot something odd — a bunch of the plants have leaves covered in dark stripes […] Read more

Perennial ryegrass.

Grass seed industry has solid niche

Not everyone seeds forage, but moving into grass seed production may be beneficial for some

At least 8,000 years have passed since humans first started harvesting grasses. In that time, cereal grains have become quite different from their grassy ancestors. They still have enough similarities though, that farmers can incorporate grass seed into their cereal and oilseed operations fairly easily. For instance, there’s no need for specialized equipment. They still […] Read more


Fusarium in the bin

A third of CWRS samples submitted to the 
CGC were downgraded due to fusarium. Now what?

Since the first major outbreak in Manitoba in 1993, fusarium head blight (FHB) has established itself in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan and continues to move into western Saskatchewan, Alberta, and northern B.C. Farmers in some parts of the Prairies are now accustomed to dealing with the fungal disease and its dominant strain, F. graminearum, and […] Read more

Kevin Friesen says sufficient fertilizer makes hemp crops very vigorous: “often your fertilizer can be your herbicide.”

Growing interest in growing hemp crops

Interest in hemp is on the rise. Some see it as a money making alternate crop

In 2013, over 66,000 acres were licensed to cultivate hemp, a nearly 10-fold increase from 2003, according to the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. “It’s a crop that there’s growing interest in it. Especially as canola’s starting to slump so bad,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. But farmers can’t throw […] Read more


Timing the canola harvest

When it comes to bringing the canola in from the field, the right timing is crucial

When it comes to canola harvest, timing is everything, says Harry Brook, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Farmers, he says, are mostly concerned about green seed, since green seeds contain more chlorophyll and are therefore undesirable to processors. If timing is so important, how do you know when is the right time? […] Read more