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Ernest sprayed his flax field with a Group 1 herbicide to eliminate green foxtail in his crop, 
but the treatment didn’t appear to be having 
any affect.

Crop advisor casebook: Herbicide not doing its job in this farmer’s flax field

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 3, 2020 issue of Grainews

Back in June, I got a call from Earnest, who grows 2,500 acres of soybeans, canola, oats and flax on his farm near Starbuck, Man. He told me he’d recently sprayed his flax field with a Group 1 herbicide to eliminate green foxtail in his crop, but the treatment didn’t appear to be having any […] Read more

In certain rows, Cory’s lentil plants were stunted and the leaves of those plants were turning yellow and shriveling. Some plants in the affected rows were already dead.

Crop advisor casebook: Why are rows of these lentils yellowing and stunted?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 23, 2019 issue of Grainews

Cory owns a 4,000-acre grain farm near Cupar, Sask. His crop rotation consists of lentils, wheat, durum and canola. It was around the middle of June when I received a call from Cory, who was concerned about his lentil crop after he noticed that in certain rows the plants were stunted and the leaves of […] Read more


Crop advisor casebook: What caused the colour banding in this wheat field?

Crop advisor casebook: What caused the colour banding in this wheat field?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 19, 2019 issue of Grainews

One morning last May, I received a call from Dale, a farmer in Westbourne, Man., who farms around 3,500 acres of canola, wheat and soybeans. He told me he had been out walking his fields and noticed “striped” wheat plants. He said the striping, which appeared as yellow bands on the first and second leaves, […] Read more

Austen checked the plants for root rot in all areas of the field. All plant roots were healthy, which allowed me to rule out root rot. Because the plants were asymptomatic, Austen also struck rhizoctonia off the list.

Crop advisor casebook: A thin lentil crop due to seeding problems?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 12, 2019 issue of Grainews

Colin farms 6,000 acres of canola, lentils, durum and canaryseed south of Regina, Sask. He called me at the beginning of June about his poor lentil stand. He said the stand looked less vigorous than it should. He thought the problem might be related to seeding. “I must’ve messed up during seeding. Maybe I put […] Read more


Plant stands on hill slopes and some hilltops were thin, while those in low-lying areas were thick and well established.

Crop advisor casebook: Why is this barley crop patchy in rectangular blocks?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the February 5, 2019 issue of Grainews

Jim, a Saskatchewan farmer, was unhappy with the establishment of his barley crop — he had expected a more uniform stand. When he contacted me the first week of June last year, Jim said plant populations in some areas of the field were thin, while others were thick and lush. The plants, which were at […] Read more

An insect was causing these pinholes in Lenny’s crop. But which one? Not all corn varieties were impacted.

Crop advisor casebook: Pest leaves puzzling pinholes in corn silage

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 8, 2019 issue of Grainews

Lenny is a central Alberta producer who owns a farm west of Irma where he grows corn silage for his purebred Simmental cattle herd. We have been working with Lenny and his corn silage plot for three years now, and I examine the plot about once every week during the growing season to monitor its […] Read more


The yellow spots and chlorosis (yellowing leaf tissue) developed shortly after emergence during the plants’ vegetative phase.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing leaf chlorosis and yellow spots in this wheat?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the April 10, 2018 issue of Grainews

Neil owns a 3,500-acre grain farm north of Rossburn, Man. At the end of May, while checking one of his wheat fields for crop staging after seeding, Neil noticed some spots and abnormal yellowing on the plants’ leaves. Since Neil wasn’t sure what had caused the damage, he asked me to examine the crop and […] Read more

Don’s crop was yellow, and very uneven. For example, some plants were still at the five-leaf stage, while others had the flag leaf out with the head in the boot.

Crop advisor casebook: Leaf yellowing and uneven stand in wheat

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 27, 2018 issue of Grainews

When I pulled up to Don’s wheat field last year on July 6, the first thing I noticed was how yellow the crop was. The crop’s development was also very uneven. For example, some plants were still at the five-leaf stage, while others had the flag leaf out with the head in the boot. There […] Read more


The plants in the unaffected areas were showing typical drought symptoms, such as pale colouring, shorter stature, minimal plant branching, and trace pod abortion throughout.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s wrong with this patchy canola crop?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 6, 2018 issue of Grainews

Ted, a Saskatchewan producer who owns a 3,000-acre mixed grain operation near Elrose, asked me to visit his farm last year on July 12. The visit was to assess if diamondback moth larvae populations in his canola field had reached levels necessary to warrant an insecticide application, to save the crop’s yield. Due to lack […] Read more

The affected plants were all stunted, with small heads, brownish stained lower stems and yellow bottom leaves. There was virtually no root mass.

Crop Advisor’s Casebook: The mystery of sickly durum wheat

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 10, 2015 issue of Grainews

In late July, I got an anxious phone call from Terry, who grows 3,500 acres of durum wheat, canola, flax and peas at his farm about 100 kilometres south of Regina, Sask. Terry was worried about the sorry state of his durum crop — the plants were looking extremely unhealthy and he feared nothing could […] Read more