The lentil harvest is over half done in Saskatchewan. The weekly crop report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture estimated the harvest to be at 55 per cent complete as of Aug. 20. | File photo

Sask. lentil yields predicted to be down

Winnipeg – After a year of market woes for lentils, it looks as though the Saskatchewan lentil yield won’t be the best either. “I think overall we would be expecting lentil yields lower than average this year but it’s hard at this point to put a figure or a number on that,” said Carl Potts, […] Read more

The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept the new terms on autos trade, dispute settlement and agriculture to keep a trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Supply management has been a contentious issue in previous negotiations. | File photo

Trump: NAFTA threatened, Mexico deal made

(Reuters) – The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept the new terms on autos trade, dispute settlement and agriculture to keep a trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the White House is ready to notify the U.S. […] Read more


Landen Stronks and other Alberta beekeepers are worried about what happens if and when neonicotinoids are phased out. | File photo

Beekeepers worry about foliar sprays if neonics banned

Beekeepers should be thrilled that Health Canada is banning the use of neonicotinoids because the insecticides have been linked to bee deaths and pollinator decline. Landen Stronks, a beekeeper from Iron Springs, Alta., is definitely not thrilled. Stronks and other Alberta beekeepers are worried about what happens if and when neonicotinoids are phased out. “We […] Read more

The Precision Inflation system is compatible with all ISOBUS screens, giving the operator realtime information on the status of all tires on the system.  |  Precision Inflation photo

High p.s.i. in transit, low p.s.i. in the field

Agricultural tires roll easy and stay cool roading; then they get dirty in the field without crushing it

LANGHAM, Sask. — Bigger, faster and heavier are the words to describe the trend in farm equipment both on the road and in the field. But bigger, faster and heavier puts tremendous demands on tires. The solution to the problem has been obvious since the first pneumatic tires went on tractors 90 years ago: inflate […] Read more


The technology permitting high air pressure in transit and low air pressure in the field will eventually spread to all sizes of ag tires, says Michelin rep Mike Pantaleo.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Michelin rolls out two new tires at Ag In Motion

LANGHAM, Sask. — Growers know that engineering advances in machinery are only as good as the tires that put traction to the terrain. With that in mind, Michelin debuted two new tires at the Ag In Motion farm show held near Langham earlier this summer. Michelin showed its AxioBib2, a new engineering concept that lets […] Read more

The cutting blades in the 50-foot wide BTT Weed Clipper have a three-inch overlap to reduce misses. The BTT Weed Clipper can help conventional growers manage herbicide resistant weeds. | Robin Booker photo

Weed Clipper handles weeds reaching for the sky

REGINA — Bourgault Tillage Tools is selling what is essentially one of the world’s largest mowers, clipping weeds that stand above the crop canopy. The BTT Weed Clipper is a 50-foot wide power take-off driven solution for both organic growers struggling with tall, fast maturing weeds and conventional growers struggling with herbicide resistant weeds that […] Read more

 The Canadian version of the 2018 Ridgeline is only available with AWD, a system that’s gaining popularity over 4WD. The 2018 Honda Ridgeline RTL-E model shown here is in Deep Scarlet Pearl.  |  Honda Canada photo

Honda Ridgeline remade into a whole new truck

Honda isn’t the only company with truck news, but last year when Honda introduced the second-generation Ridgeline as a 2018 model, the redesign was so radical you might say that Honda picked up the radiator cap and slid a new truck under it. If you were blindfolded and put into the truck, you wouldn’t believe […] Read more


Two-spotted spider mites tend to move into soybean fields when other habitat is harvested nearby or when road ditches are mowed. The leaf damage occurs at the R4 or R5 plant stages, in a new, full pod, or through to the end of seed fill.  |  John Gavloski photo

Plant-piercing pests populate Prairies

Not a serious pest in most years, spider mites are rearing their tiny mouthparts this year because of dry conditions


Spider mites are making inroads into the Prairies and Plains and into the resident soybean crops. In Manitoba, producers are noticing a higher presence of the plant-piercing pests this year. The tiny, less than half a millimetre long insects often move from ditches or earlier crops such as cereals to soybeans or dry beans and […] Read more

Xarvio scouting app helps producers identify crop problems

LANGHAM, Sask. — A free app that helps growers identify weeds, disease and leaf damage is now available at Google Play or the App Store. The Xarvio Scouting app is part of Bayer’s digital farming company, Xarvio, which was launched in 2017. Warren Bills of Bayer CropScience Xarvio Digital Farming said the app was designed […] Read more