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A canola seedling was dug up while trying to determine the cause of the delayed crop emergence.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing this slow and irregular canola emergence?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 6, 2021 issue of Grainews

Simon has a 2,000-acre mixed grain operation near Minnedosa, Man., where he grows canola, wheat, rye, soybeans and peas. Unhappy with how one of his crops was progressing after he’d completed seeding on his farm, Simon called me in early June to see if I could tell him what the problem was. I told Simon […] Read more

Plant leaves were necrotic and leaf tips were turning brown.

Crop advisor casebook: Why did this barley field turn yellow almost overnight?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 23, 2021 issue of Grainews

Driving through lush, green farmland near Elfros, Sask., one day in July, I had a peaceful, easy feeling as I watched a gentle breeze rock the growing crops back and forth in the passing fields. It was a perfect summer day, one that farmers and agronomists dream about. The dream came to an abrupt halt […] Read more


The affected canola plants had parts of their stems pinched off and were kinked over about six inches from the top. Symptomatic plants and others around them also had purpling leaves.

Crop advisor casebook: Why the deformed canola and purpling leaves?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 9, 2021 issue of Grainews

In mid-July, I received a call from Carl, a grain farmer located near Onoway, Alta., who was concerned about disfigured canola plants in one of his fields. “It’s not a disaster yet and it seems to be happening in just one field, but I’d like to solve the issue before it gets any worse,” he […] Read more

A field of spring wheat with yellowing, chlorotic plants.

Crop advisor casebook: Chlorotic spring wheat plants perplex farmer

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 2, 2021 issue of Grainews

During the first week of July last year, I received a call from Leonard, who grows 7,000 acres of spring wheat, winter wheat, canola, flax and peas near Shoal Lake, Man. He’d been out doing his evening crop check the day before when he spotted something wrong with his spring wheat crop. Rather than a […] Read more


NDVI image of canola variety trials.

Crop advisor casebook: NDVI map conflicts with eye test

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 16, 2020 issue of Grainews

It is routine procedure at our office to monitor NDVI satellite images of our canola variety trials using digital ag software. This helps us to react quickly to any problems as well as take note of any differences that may arise between trial treatments over the course of the season. One day in mid-July last […] Read more

Crop advisor casebook: What’s up with the weeds for this soybean grower?

Crop advisor casebook: What’s up with the weeds for this soybean grower?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 9, 2020 issue of Grainews

Trevor is a producer who grows soybeans, canola, wheat and oats on his 2,500-acre farm near Brunkild, Man. In early July last year, he had sprayed one of his Roundup Ready soybean fields with herbicide for the second time that season, but as he explained to me in a phone call two weeks later, he […] Read more


On the left of this NDVI (normalized difference vegetation index) satellite image is a 40-acre block recently purchased and cropped for the first time by the producer and on the right of the image is his previously cropped land.

Crop advisor casebook: Why is this canola crop greener on one side of the field?

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

David has a 2,000-acre farming operation in southeastern Manitoba where he grows corn, soybeans, canola, wheat and winter wheat. The producer had added to his farm the previous year by purchasing a 40-acre block from one of his neighbours. This was his first year cropping his newly obtained land. Since the field was right beside […] Read more

Many of the injured plants had leaves turning dark-green to black in colour, while the leaves of others were a translucent yellowish-orange.

Crop advisor casebook: The case of the ailing canola

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 19, 2020 issue of Grainews

Harry is a grain farmer from Elstow, Sask., who called me last year in mid-June to discuss one of his crops. He’d been out inspecting his canola when he saw there was a serious problem — fields that looked fine only a few days before were now littered with some very sickly-looking canola plants. Harry […] Read more


There were many unhealthy-looking plants with blackened stems that had developed cankers near the soil surface. The plants were also suffering from premature stalk drydown.

Crop advisor casebook: Canola shelling out while swathing

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 5, 2020 issue of Grainews

Jeff is a farmer located near Brandon, Man., who grows canola, wheat and soybeans. He was out swathing a canola field in early September when he decided he should give me a call. The crop, which was at 70 per cent seed colour change, appeared to be shelling out while it was being cut and […] Read more

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