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Manitoba crop report for Aug. 18

SOUTHWEST Welcomed precipitation varied from 10 to 30 millimetres. Spring wheat, oat and barley crops are quickly maturing and within two weeks of swathing or preharvest glyphosate application. Some areas have begun winter wheat harvest. Quality and yields are reported poor. Fusarium damaged kernel levels range from five to 20 percent and test weight is[...]

Farmers forced to become warehousing titans

Producers are growing weary over the steady stream of buy-it-early advice. All the stories of impending shortages are fuelling skepticism. 
This spring, analysts sounded more certain than ever that fertilizer availability would be a big problem. The same logistical problems curtailing grain movement were expected to spill over into fertilizer delivery. 
Scribes including this one,[...]

Crop report - August 7, 2014

Manitoba SOUTHWEST Crops continue to improve as a result of mild and drier weather, but long-term yields are expected to be average. Precipitation was five to 15 millimetres, while temperatures were at ideal levels for crop development. The drier, less humid conditions are helping keep disease levels for most crops at low to moderate levels.[...]

Farmers to get controversial chemical next year

CARMAN, Man. — Jeff Loessin made an observation that was impossible to miss while squatting down to examine soybean plants in a plot trial. One row of beans was perfectly clean and the next row was inundated with volunteer canola. Loessin, a portfolio marketing leader for crop protection with Dow Agrosciences, said the weed-filled row[...]

Identification is first step when keeping out new weeds

RIDGETOWN, Ont. — Producers are encouraged to hone up on their weed identification skills, and with good reason. “If you misidentify something, you may not be able to control it, and some of the weeds are a huge problem outside of the Ontario because of herbicide resistance,” Dave Bilyea, a research technician at the University[...]

U.S. farmers fighting explosion of 'superweeds'

(Reuters) — Farmers in important crop-growing states should consider the environmentally unfriendly practice of deeply tilling fields to fight a growing problem with invasive "superweeds" that resist herbicides and choke crop yields, agricultural experts said this week. Resistance to glyphosate, the main ingredient in widely used Roundup herbicide, has reached the point that row crop[...]

Weed of the Week: dock

Whether they call it curly dock, narrow-leaved dock, sour dock or yellow dock, for farmers it is usually a sign of water, a sprayer miss, or both. Standing above most crops, dock is a perennial with the ability to produce high numbers of seeds. Its single, sometimes forked, large taproot has allowed it to flourish[...]

Weed of the Week: green foxtail

Call it what you will — bottle grass, green bristlegrass, green millet, pigeon grass, wild millet or, as it best known in Western Canada, green foxtail — the weed is becoming a growing problem for prairie farmers. Less tillage has had many positive effects on agriculture, but it has also resulted in more weeds. One[...]

Customers praise CIGI on wheat gluten research

The nation’s grain industry has made huge progress and responded effectively to concerns regarding the gluten strength of Canadian wheat, said Earl Geddes, Canadian International Grains Institute chief executive officer. COFCO, China’s state-owned agricultural trading company, complained about the inconsistency and baking properties of Canadian wheat in the spring of 2013. Geddes said Canada’s wheat[...]

Weed of the Week: round-leaved mallow

A look through provincial and U.S. state crop protection guides can yield many things. However, when searching for control methods for round-leaved mallow, the suggestions are fewer than for many broad-leaved weeds. Round-leaved mallow is generally an annual weed, but if allowed to grow for more than a few weeks, it can seem as though[...]

Weeds won’t wait for farmers

Producers generally wait to spray weeds — often too long.
If a herbicide is able to be used until the flag leaf of a cereal crop and the sixth leaf stage of a weed, producers tend to wait that long to control the most recently germinated weeds.
After all, who wants to spray more than once in[...]

Herbicide-resistant weeds heading north

Expect an explosion of glyphosate-resistant weeds in North Dakota this year, says a leading weed specialist.
Herbicide-resistant weeds are becoming more common in the northern United States and are also spreading northwest toward southern Manitoba.
But this year’s seeding problems in North Dakota and Minnesota mean that farmers in those states may not do what they know[...]

Coming your way Manitoba: A Weedy Nightmare - if you don't do the right thing

What are farmers going to do when glyphosate and multiple herbicide resistant weeds begin appearing around Manitoba? That's a question that's going to likely be answered in the next couple of years, because the plague of glyphosate tolerant weeds that has sickened fields across the U.S. South and Midwest has shambled like a zombie horde[...]

Don’t be in hurry to seed if frost occurs after spraying burnoff

“It froze last night. How long do I have to wait to spray my burnoff?”
The answer? “It depends.”
It depends on the weeds that are being targeted, the size and stage of the weed, the rate of glyphosate being used and the additional products that may be added to the glyphosate.
The first thing to do is[...]

Pesticide research cuts ignore human health issues: biologist

Reduced funding for research on the effects of pesticides could be compromising human health, says the Canada research chair in ecotoxicology.
Alice Hontela, a biology professor at the University of Lethbridge who studies pesticide effects on the environment, said she is concerned that research funding tends to focus more on technology and economics than on the[...]