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On June 26, the lentil crop was coming along nicely at Brad Barlow's farm east of Weyburn, Sask. More rains are needed, but mid-June moisture came just before it was too late.

Farmer Panel: Rain in the nick of time

Moisture helps crops get to second base, but not a home run — yet

It may not be the case in all parts of Western Canada, but for producers contacted for the July Farmer’s Panel some much-appreciated rain in the latter part of June saved the bacon of a lot of crops but, as was duly noted, heading into July “it’s not in the bin yet.” Rain may not […] Read more


Rain brings slight reprieve to Saskatchewan farms

CNS Canada — Saskatchewan producers were able to make good harvest progress earlier in the week before cooler temperatures hit, according to Thursday’s weekly crop report from Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture. Twenty-seven per cent of the provincial crop is now harvested, which is ahead of the five-year average of 13 per cent. Seventeen per cent […] Read more

WInter wheat.

Winter wheats get better and better

New winter wheats improve on yield, disease and quality; some with specialty appeal

Several promising new lines of milling winter wheat are coming along for cereal crop producers across Western Canada over the next couple of years, says an Agriculture Canada winter wheat breeder. Rob Graf, based at the Lethbridge Research Centre says producers in all parts of the prairies should be watching for a new line called […] Read more


Bernie McClean's annual crop rotation includes canola, CPS wheat, malt barley and oats.

Extending rotations, in the field

Part 1 of 3: How real farmers are extending their rotations

There seems to be no shortage of articles, presentations and research exhorting farmers to lengthen rotations. Longer rotations benefit everything from weed control to disease suppression in crops. But what are farmers doing to maintain or extend rotations? Grainews spoke to three farmers to find out how they’re managing their rotations. And while each farmer […] Read more

Bryce Geisel says that Group 2 herbicides are still important to Western Canadian farmers, despite resistance issues.

Developing resistance: Group 2 herbicides

Each herbicide group kills weeds differently. Weed resistance differs by herbicide group


When talking about herbicide resistance, Bryce Geisel likes to make sure people realize that spraying herbicides doesn’t cause resistance in a weed. Instead there are individual plants that, by chance, resist the herbicide. Those plants survive and pass on their resistance traits. “And with Group 2s in particular, it’s just altering the target site,” says […] Read more


Dicamba drift injury on non-dicamba tolerant soybeans causes leaf cupping, says Lionel Kaskiw, Manitoba Agriculture’s Farm Production Advisor based in Souris, Man.

Dicamba drift debacle decoded

Tom Wolfe blames inversions for much of the 2017 U.S. soybean damage

Saskatchewan Agriculture’s annual Crop Diagnostic School was held near Indian Head, Sask., this July. Tom Wolfe, owner of Agrimetrix Research & Training and sprayer specialist, was on hand to talk about sprayer technology and the dicamba problems that took place in the U.S. this summer. “This year was a defining year for spray technology,” Wolfe told Crop Diagnostic […] Read more

Everyone enjoys seeing wildlife, but they can have a negative impact on farming and ranching operations.

Managing wildlife/agriculture conflicts

Animal Health: Proper compensation part of the solution

There have been many articles written on the escalating conflict between wildlife and agriculture (both livestock and grain production) in certain areas of Canada. Our governments struggle to find balanced management options. The most recent survey (2014) on wildlife damage by Alberta Beef Producers (ABP) and the Miistakis Institute shows a high percentage of farms […] Read more


Some plants had more affected leaves than others, however, there was no pattern to the affected plants or the location of the injured leaves on those plants. For example, the top leaves were affected on some plants, while the middle leaves of others were exhibiting symptoms.

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: What’s stressing these lentils?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the August 29, 2017 issue of Grainews

“I have never seen anything like it in 15 years of growing lentils,” Vaughn, a southern Saskatchewan producer, told me after he discovered yellowing, unhealthy-looking lentil plants in his field the week of June 23, 2016. Our office had already received several calls from Assiniboia-area growers with similar concerns. Producers had also dropped off samples […] Read more