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Purple stripes were running along the length of 
the kernels.

Crop advisor casebook: Why the odd striping in these barley seed heads?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the October 13, 2020 issue of Grainews

Jo, a cattle producer who grows barley as livestock feed at her farm near Kindersley, Sask., came by the office one morning in early August to show me a few plants from her crop. She was worried some kind of disease had taken hold in the field of Champion feed barley, which had caused some […] Read more



The barren patches in Trent’s canola field were much larger than I expected. He was convinced they were the work of cutworms.

Crop advisor casebook: Did cutworms carve off these 80 acres of canola?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the August 25, 2020 issue of Grainews

Trent is a grain farmer in Wroxton, Sask., who called me last year in early July to tell me about an unusual problem — the canola in one of his fields was, quite literally, starting to disappear. “I’m missing a whole bunch of plants here,” he said. “Last week the crop looked great, and this […] Read more



Emergence was patchy overall and there were large areas where no canola was growing at all.

Crop advisor casebook: Emergence issues in canola

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the June 2, 2020 issue of Grainews

Joe, who grows canola, wheat, barley and lentils on his farm near Delisle, Sask., called me in early May about an alarming problem that, in just a few days, had turned a promising-looking canola field into an eyesore. Joe had finished seeding his crops and was checking his fields for emergence when he spotted the […] Read more

Parallel stripes of yellowing, unhealthy-looking plants ran across the field.

Crop advisor casebook: Seeding issue makes for unhealthy wheat plants?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the May 12, 2020 issue of Grainews

In early June, I got a call from Keith, who owns a mixed cattle and grain farm near Grandview, Man. He’d been out checking his crop for herbicide timing when he noticed there were parallel stripes of yellowing plants running all across the field. Keith, who also grows canola, oats and mixed hay on his […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: Crop circles in Manitoba soybeans

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 21, 2020 issue of Grainews

Like most people, I’ve heard of those mysterious formations in farmers’ fields known as crop circles, but I never thought I’d run into one. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it when I got a call last June from a farmer who said he’d spotted some circular patches in one of his soybean […] Read more

John’s lentil field had several large bare patches. Across the rest of the field, the lentil plants were at the eight-leaf stage and didn’t exhibit any signs of herbicide injury.

Crop advisor casebook: Bare patches in lentil crop puzzles Sask. grower

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 7, 2020 issue of Grainews

Back in early June, I was out scouting fields near Main Centre, Sask., when I came across a problem on one grower’s farm. A field containing lentils had several large bare patches, so I called John, the farm owner, to let him know what I’d found. John, who also grows durum wheat and canola on […] Read more


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

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