Easy-to-grow perception a problem for flax

Agronomist says the crop needs good management, including appropriate fertilizer, fungicides and weed control

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — Researchers are responding to producer complaints about seemingly unpredictable flax yields, says Rachel Evans, extension agronomist with the Flax Council of Canada. “Some producers tend to think of flax as a low input crop, but in fact, it is quite the opposite,” Evans said during the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation’s […] Read more

History of an old research station in an evolving world

In 1993, word came from the federal government that Agriculture Canada’s research centre in Indian Head, Sask., was destined for closure. In response, local scientists and researchers banded together with area farmers to develop a new game plan to keep the farm open. The result was the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation (IHARF), and by […] Read more

Canola research focuses on harvest issues

Little benefit was seen in tests on pod sealants, while glyphosate trials showed it is an effective crop dry-down aid

INDIAN HEAD, Sask. — A Saskatchewan research organization is looking at how to reduce the risks of straight-combining canola now that the practice has become more commonplace. “Ten years ago there was only a smattering of farmers straight-cutting canola, but today it’s an accepted harvest method,” Chris Holzapfel, research manager at the Indian Head Agricultural […] Read more