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The affected canola plants were stunted and had prematurely ripened. When I pulled up a few plants to look at the roots they appeared normal.

Crop advisor casebook: What’s causing these undersized, odd-coloured canola stems?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 21, 2020 issue of Grainews

John, who grows mainly wheat, canola and peas on his farm near Canora, Sask., called me in late August to report a problem his swather operator had spotted while swathing a canola field. Within the field, he said, there were numerous patches with canola plants that were undersized and had odd-coloured stems. John hadn’t seen […] Read more

I could see lots of the worms crawling around next to an armyworm that I also observed on the plant.

Crop advisor casebook: Can you identify the worms in this barley?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 7, 2020 issue of Grainews

Like most farmers, Tom has dealt with his share of insect pests. He’s encountered many different pests at his 6,000-acre mixed grain operation near Wadena, Sask., over the years, but this past August he came across a new insect that had him stumped. Tom called me in early August to say he’d been out inspecting […] Read more


Richardson to replace northernmost grain elevator

Grain handler Richardson Pioneer plans to replace the northernmost grain elevator in its Prairie network by next fall. The arm of Winnipeg’s Richardson International said Monday it has started construction on a new elevator at High Level in northwestern Alberta, about 200 km south of the province’s border with the Northwest Territories. The new facility, […] Read more

Blackleg disease incidence in the crop was medium to medium-high. However, I thought the blackleg was compounding another, larger issue in this crop. Some of the roots looked funny when we pulled the plants out of the soil, almost like there was an abundance of organic matter or extra loamy soil collecting at the roots.

Crop advisor casebook: Irregular canola pod shatter a mystery

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the August 27, 2019 issue of Grainews

Dave, who farms 6,000 acres of wheat, barley, peas and canola in Central Alberta, was trying out a new canola seed variety, which was in its first market year. The variety had clubroot resistance and had also been selected for some pod shatter tolerance. Throughout the growing season, the canola crop had developed normally, and […] Read more


After Tom’s in-crop herbicide application, he noticed his wheat crop was yellowing in patches and there was a reduction in plant stand. Damaged plants were stunted and their leaves were twisting and pinched off.

Crop advisor casebook: Is fertilizer burn yellowing this wheat crop?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the May 14, 2019 issue of Grainews

I received a call from Tom mid-June last year after he noticed his wheat crop was yellowing and there was a reduction in plant stand following his in-crop herbicide application. Tom, who owns a 2,500-acre mixed farm in the Meadow Lake region, thought the stand loss could be the result of an injury from the […] Read more

The injured soybean plants were more prevalent on the headlands, low-lying areas and in the sprayer tracks.

Crop advisor casebook: Soybeans wilt and die off after emergence

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the March 26, 2019 issue of Grainews

Adrian called me in early July 2017 about the poor plant stand in his soybean field. The soybean plants were wilting and dying off after emergence. “I’ve got plants turning brown and dying off in my soybean field,” he said. That afternoon I set off for Adrian’s 3,500-acre grain farm located just outside of Dauphin, […] Read more


Richardson buys Peace-region input retailer

Grain handler Richardson Pioneer has moved to shore up its presence in northern Alberta’s crop input market with a deal for a Peace-region dealership. Winnipeg-based Richardson announced Wednesday it has bought Agland Seed and Chemical at La Crete, Alta., about 320 km north of Peace River. The deal, which closed Tuesday, will see all of […] Read more

This UAV (drone) photo shows the extent of the damage due to necrosis and poor growth caused by a pest outbreak in Nick’s timothy crop.

Crop advisor casebook: Winter kill woes. Did this timothy crop suffer from the cold winter and cool, dry spring?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the January 21, 2019 issue of Grainews

Following an abnormally cold winter and cool, dry spring, Nick thought his timothy crop was suffering from winter kill. Large, random areas within the field were exhibiting plant necrosis as well as poor and unusual growth and vigour. Nick — who farms about 6,000 acres of mixed cereals, pulses, oilseeds, alfalfa and timothy near Picture […] Read more


Some areas of the chickpea field had adequate plant stand densities with healthy chickpea plants at the three- to six-node stage. However, some patches of the field were bare, with zero seedling emergence.

Crop advisor’s casebook: What’s chewing on these chickpea roots?

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the December 4, 2018 issue of Grainews

Late May last spring, I received a call from Warren who had some questions about chickpea emergence. Warren owns a mixed grain farm near Big Beaver, Sask., where he grows Kabuli chickpeas, red lentils, canola and durum. He was concerned about his chickpea crop — some areas were not emerging as well as others a […] Read more

Plant density was low in some areas. The plants in these patchy regions were also much smaller than those in the rest of the field.

Crop advisor casebook: Patchy problems in a canola field

A Crop Advisor's Solution from the September 25, 2018 issue of Grainews

On June 11, while spraying his canola plants with an in-crop herbicide, Wade noticed regions of the crop had uneven emergence, causing some patchy areas. Wade farms 10,000 acres of canola, wheat and barley near Yorkton, Sask. He thought he might have an insect problem in his canola crop. “My guess is it’s flea beetles or cutworms,” he said. […] Read more