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In oilseed crops like canola, 
herbicide and fungicide application timing is crucial.

What to look for when staging canola and flax crops

Tips for herbicide and fungicide applications in oilseeds

In oilseed crops like canola and flax, timing is crucial for application of herbicides and fungicides to help protect yield. Proper herbicide and fungicide application timing based on the product label often comes down to a grower’s experience and knowledge of what growth stage is appropriate — and what that actually looks like in the […] Read more

There are a number of 4R stewardship resources you can check out to find out what's best for your farm.

4R on 90 per cent of canola acres?

The Canola Council targets use of 4R nutrient practices on 90 per cent of acres by 2025

The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) wants to see growers utilizing 4R nutrient stewardship practices on 90 per cent of canola acres by 2025. “We have found there is a strong appetite for this from NGOs, and some food companies that have sustainability metrics and want to source sustainably produced products,” says Curtis Rempel, vice-president […] Read more


Make your own seed initiative enters its ninth year

Manitoba’s Participatory Plant Breeding program turns farmers into plant breeders

[UPDATE: Dec. 12, 2019] The University of Manitoba’s Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) program, now in its ninth year — brings together farmers and plant breeders as partners in the plant breeding process. The program is particularly useful in crop production systems that traditional breeding programs aren’t always geared for, like organic or under unique growing […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematode confirmed in Manitoba

A damaging soybean pest that was expected to show up sooner or later in agricultural Manitoba has officially arrived. Crop surveys by University of Manitoba Ph.D. student Nazanin Ghavami with soil science professor Mario Tenuta and his students have turned up soybean cyst nematode at “extremely low” levels on soybean plant roots in one field […] Read more


Pam Bailey, chair and co-founder of Ag Women Manitoba farms with her husband and in-laws in Dacotah, Manitoba and is also a director with Manitoba Canola Growers.

Building a network can empower women working in agriculture

When asked about the importance of empowering women in agriculture, Pam Bailey’s response is simple: “Empowering women is always beneficial in every community, so why should agriculture be any different?” While strides have been made over the years to improve inclusivity in agriculture, it’s important to build on that momentum. Building women up in agriculture […] Read more

Some researchers have found that the land equivalent ratio is greater with crops grown together than with crops grown individually.

The science behind intercropping

When plants can share nutrients, they can yield higher together than separately

Just as the adoption of no-till agriculture on the Prairies several decades ago was farmer-driven, the current shift to ecological (sometimes called regenerative) agricultural practices is no different, says Dr. Martin Entz of the University of Manitoba. “In this fascinating carbon world, we’re now moving beyond just crop rotation and beyond just grazing management all […] Read more


Get the most efficiency from your nitrogen

Generally, banding is the most efficient method for reducing nutrient loss

If you’re looking for a quick and easy guide to choosing the right placement for your nitrogen application, there isn’t one. Neither is there a one-size-fits-all strategy for timing or rate. There are, however, clear guidelines on how to improve nitrogen efficiency while limiting environmental impact. University of Manitoba soil science professor Don Flaten explains. […] Read more

Controlling volunteer canola in soybeans

New research in Manitoba finds fall tillage can reduce the volunteer canola seed bank

Volunteer canola is difficult to control in soybean because the two crops are often resistant to the same herbicides, leaving few chemical control options available to growers in Western Canada. That causes more than a few headaches for soybean growers, especially as research shows that Prairie canola seed harvest losses on average are around six […] Read more


Keeping canola out of your soybean fields

Volunteer canola: 
Western Canada’s fourth 
most abundant weed

Volunteer canola is thriving in Western Canada. In the 1970s, volunteer canola was the 18th most abundant weed. Today it is the fourth most common in Western Canada. Volunteer canola is especially problematic where herbicide-resistant crops, like soybeans, are added to the rotation. Volunteer canola is a unique weed because it is derived from growing […] Read more

Biostimulant market taking off

The biostimulant market is growing fast. Find out what they can do for plants


Five or six years ago few people had heard of biostimulants, which were only being used in some high-value, horticultural crops. Today, the biostimulant market is one of the fastest growing, global agri-input sectors, increasing by 12 to 15 per cent annually. “Biostimulants is a rapidly growing field right now in agriculture, largely because these […] Read more