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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

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


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

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

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