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Winter wheat growing tips

Winter wheat has attributes that make it desirable to grow in Western Canada, but time management is one of the main reasons for growing the crop.
Seeding winter wheat in the sweet zone between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15 is crucial for success. Unlike past years, this might actually be possible this year because stubble might[...]

Regulatory approval for herbicide delays non-GM canola variety

Commercial introduction of a new non-genetically modified, herbicide tolerant canola in Canada has been pushed back a year.
Cibus originally hoped to make its sulfonylurea (SU) canola available to Canadian growers in time for next year’s spring planting.
“Right now we’re planning on the 2017 planting season,” said Dave Voss, the company’s vice-president of commercial development.
It has[...]

Monsanto says no longer pursuing proposed Syngenta combination

Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. agribusiness leader Monsanto Co. on Wednesday abandoned efforts to acquire Swiss rival Syngenta AG, which had rejected its recently sweetened offer. Syngenta shares fell more than 18 percent on news that Monsanto dropped the higher offer. Monsanto shares jumped more than 8 percent. Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said[...]

Pioneer has prairie products in pipeline

JOHNSTON, Iowa — What’s in your pipe? What are your company’s plans for the future? Those are reasonable questions for world-class businesses that develop tools that farmers need. It’s also important for the world’s food supply 
and that makes it important for all society. There are few very large players in agricultural genetics and chemicals.[...]

Port dispute delays grain shipments

The Western Producer takes a weekly look at some of the stories that made headlines in issues of the paper from 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago.
75 years ago: Aug. 15, 1940
Manitoba premier John Bracken said it was “wholly illogical, unfair and discriminatory” for Ottawa to operate the Farmers’ Creditor Arrangement Act in Alberta[...]

Pioneer plans for prairie producers’ production

More crops — more beans, more corn and new wheat will be the future for western Canadian farmers because the region is being targeted for growth. The president of the world’s second largest agricultural genetics company, Paul Schickler of DuPont Pioneer, puts Western Canada in a basket of nations and regions that have significant room[...]

Butterfly Effect could impact farmers

The Butterfly Effect is a simple way to explain the mathematics of chaos.
It proposes that an insignificant phenomenon, such as a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil, could cause major repercussions such as a tornado in Texas.
The concept is intriguing and controversial, but North American farmers should probably be more concerned about a different butterfly[...]

Be aware of pre-harvest herbicide application restrictions

We are approaching the time of year when all great plans seem to go out the window. That time is harvest. No matter how well planting was planned, everything seems to be ready to swath or desiccate at the same time. As a result, decisions are sometimes made that, when looking in the rear view[...]

Be aware of pre-harvest herbicide application restrictions

We are approaching the time of year when all great plans seem to go out the window. That time is harvest. No matter how well planting was planned, everything seems to be ready to swath or desiccate at the same time. As a result, decisions are sometimes made that, when looking in the rear view[...]

Manitoba releases latest crop report

SOUTHWEST Most of the region received rainfall with amounts ranging from five to 35 millimetres. Some hail was reported. Growing conditions persisted, and crop conditions are rated good. Low levels of leaf diseases and fusarium head blight are observed in some spring wheat. No major insect activity is noted with natural predators controlling populations. Hay[...]

U.S. House passes anti-GMO labeling law

July 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a hotly debated measure that blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont. Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by supporters, but the "Deny Americans[...]

Monsanto says panel to review WHO finding on cancer link to herbicide

By Carey Gillam July 14 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co, whose Roundup is one of the world's most widely used herbicides, said on Tuesday it has arranged for an outside scientific review of a World Health Organization finding that the weed killer's key ingredient probably causes cancer. The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)[...]

Weed of the Week: wild mustard

Wild mustard remains an elusive foe in Western Canada, despite all the great tools for controlling broadleaf weeds. It remains one of the pests that producers struggle with every year. The weed can condemn a canola crop to the sample reject bin if more than five percent is found. It is also a threat to[...]

In Depth: CSCA meeting, 2015

The Western Producer's reporter/analyst Sean Pratt attended the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA) Pulse and Special Crop Meeting in Calgary June 21-23, 2015. Here is his coverage of the event: Industry prepares for year of pulses  The pulse industry is gearing up for a year of partying. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has[...]

EPA’s lawsuit settlementmay affect glyphosate use

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency quietly announced a new policy on glyphosate last week that could alter the future of the herbicide. After years of legal manoeuvres, the EPA settled a lawsuit with the Center for Biological Diversity, an American environmental group. The settlement requires the EPA to evaluate glyphosate’s impact on all endangered species[...]