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Weed control options should factor into cropping plans

Weed control options should factor into cropping plans

Q & A with an expert

Q: What do I need to think about when planning for weed management? A: It is this time of year when acres are being locked into place for the upcoming growing season. With commodity prices currently on an upward trajectory, many different cropping options are being considered. Crops like flax, field peas and soybeans have […] Read more



Tips for the safe use of crop protection products

Tips for the safe use of crop protection products

Q & A with an expert

Q: How do I use crop protection products safely? A: Agricultural field pesticides are valuable tools to help growers control weeds, certain insects and crop disease. It is imperative that pesticides be used safely to protect both the applicator and the local environment. Each pesticide will have details as to its safe use on the […] Read more

One thing to consider from last season are any weed concerns you may have seen in your operation.

The finer details you should focus on now

Q & A with an expert

Q: I have the big picture planned for my farm in 2021. What else do I need to consider? A: The winter months may seem extra long with our current situation, but as growers we need to use this time wisely. Planning for the 2021 crop is well underway but there are many important considerations […] Read more



Two men with tractors on the farm. It is seeding time in the spring.

How to start your farm plan for this year

Q & A with an expert

Q: It’s a new year. Where do I start when making a farm plan for 2021? A: January and February are often the months we think of as a new start on crop production, protection and financials for the upcoming spring season. No doubt this winter has been unique with the COVID-19 protocols in place, […] Read more


Some crops are a little more salt tol­erant — like canola shown above as well as alfalfa, corn, oats and wheat — and you will probably not see sig­nificant yield loss until you hit a conductivity number of about two mS/cm, says Lyle Cowell with Nutrien Ag Solutions.

Crops and saline soils

Plant something, but choose carefully

When it comes to planting most annual cash crops on saline land, Lyle Cowell does not mince words: stop. “When a cattle farm has a cow that is no longer productive, that cattle farmer will not continue to try to breed that cow. It will be culled,” says the agronomist with Nutrien Ag Solutions in […] Read more

Crop protection and rebate programs

Crop protection and rebate programs

Q & A with an expert

Q: Should supplier rebates play a role in making crop protection decisions? A: The decision about which products growers choose for their farming operations is dependent on many factors. These factors should include product efficacy, rotational and environmental considerations and price. As an agrologist, growers often ask me, “What is the best product?” My answer, […] Read more


Rebate roundup 2021

Rebate roundup 2021

Program details to maximize your input dollars and put cash back in your pocket

Once again, it’s time for the Grainews annual rebate roundup. While rebate programs aren’t the main factor in decision-making for the crop protection process, producers need to know their options. Without further ado, and in alphabetical order, here’s our annual roundup of available rebates in Western Canada for the 2021 growing season. BASF The 2021 […] Read more

As much as possible, prevent the spread of disease by reducing movement of soil between fields.

How to prevent, detect and manage aphanomyces

Q & A with an expert

Q: I’m hearing more about aphanomyces. How can I prevent the disease from becoming a problem on my farm? A: Aphanomyces is a serious soil-borne disease of peas and lentils that is becoming increasingly widespread in Western Canada. Aphanomyces euteiches is a root rot pathogen that thrives under wet conditions. Symptoms are often first detected […] Read more