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Uniform plant stands boost seed yield

Researchers increased canola seed yield up to 32 percent at low-yielding sites and by 20 percent at higher yielding sites

Using her index finger, Justine Cornelsen pointed toward five small plants, clumped together in the corner of a plastic tray filled with soil. The canola plants were less than seven centimetres high because they had just emerged from the soil. Cornelsen, a Canola Council of Canada agronomist in Manitoba, took a quick look and then […] Read more

Be patient with winter wheat fields

Winter wheat agronomists with Ducks Unlimited are urging producers to be patient when assessing their crops and avoid making premature decisions about crop viability and abandonment. In an April 4 webinar, Ducks Unlimited agronomist Janine Paly said growers should take their time and avoid making definitive assessments until mid-way through spring seeding at the earliest. […] Read more

Early nitrogen applications critical for winter wheat

Winter wheat growers who are hoping to maximize yields should keep one thing in mind when considering spring nitrogen applications: Timing is everything. According to Ken Gross, winter wheat agronomist with Ducks Unlimited, applying spring nitrogen early, right at green up, ensures the greatest benefit in terms of yield and financial returns. “This is what […] Read more

Big carts designed for granular fertilizer

Ontario company Salford holds distinction of building the world’s largest granular fertilizer carts

BRANDON – The growing trend today sees farmers shifting toward precision agriculture and more prudent and exact placement of fertilizer in the soil. Bucking that trend, Salford continues to make a big splash with their granular spreaders. The reason is efficiency. The latest versions of Salford’s BBI and 9620 carry 20 tons of granular fertilizer, […] Read more

Transfer bin; the next step in harvest efficiency?

BRANDON — From the days of scythe and hand-tied grain stooks, hurry and haste at harvest has always been critical. Gather that crop before weather and wild beasts get it. Urgency at harvest is just as strong today, even though we have a long list of new tools such as desiccants, Class 9 combines, speedy […] Read more

Low pulse prices lead to marketing change for Prairie farmers

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – After years of Western Canadian farmers rushing to lock in pulse crop contracts during the spring, this year that hasn’t been the case. “Normally I would say that I’d have my plant booked to December and I don’t have a single thing booked this year. But does that mean we’re not […] Read more

Spring road bans back on provincial highways

Spring road bans come into effect across much of Saskatchewan starting April 9. “We are resuming road bans next week in order to protect these highways for all road users,” said David Marit, minister of highways and infrastructure. Because of the extended cold weather, the province temporarily suspended road bans on provincial highways to let […] Read more

Chinese scientist gets 10 years in U.S. prison over theft of GMO rice

(Reuters) – A Chinese scientist in Kansas was sentenced on Wednesday to more than 10 years in a federal prison for conspiring to steal samples of a variety of genetically engineered rice seeds from a U.S. research facility, the U.S. Justice Department said. U.S. District Court Judge Carlos Murguia in the District of Kansas sentenced […] Read more

Click beetles, wireworms focus of new Alberta field study

Research on wireworms lagged when effective pesticides came into wider use in Canada. Now that those same pesticides, notably lindane, are no longer in use, wireworm research is being revived. Haley Catton, research scientist and cereal crop entomologist with Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge, is in year two of a three-year study designed to see how […] Read more

Sclerotinia not a disease to ignore

Growing a tolerant canola variety is one way producers can reduce the risk of the fungal disease cutting their yields

The word sclerotinia doesn’t sound nearly as scary as blackleg, and unlike clubroot, the sclerotinia fungus doesn’t remain in cropland for 20 years. However, while it isn’t as nasty as those diseases, sclerotinia, also known as white mould, should not be ignored. “The reality is it’s the most ubiquitous and probably the biggest yield grabber […] Read more