Growers who are uncertain about whether to apply in-crop herbicides under drought conditions should start by assessing the staging of the crop relative to weed development.  |  Michael Raine photo

Drought can complicate weed control efforts

Slow-emerging weeds make for tough spraying decisions, while crops that are slow to develop also present challenges

Slow crop development, low weed pressure and dry soil conditions are adding a stressful wrinkle this year to in-crop weed control efforts. Clark Brenzil, provincial weed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said some farmers are unsure about when to spray annual weeds due to poor soil moisture. Others are delaying in-crop herbicide applications or considering skipping […] Read more

In its latest Outlook for Principal Field Crops report, released June 14, Agriculture Canada estimated canola carry-outs as of July 31, 2020, at 4.3 million tonnes, down a million tonnes from its previous estimate of 5.3 million, issued roughly a month earlier.
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Canola carry-out lowered by a million tonnes

The lower carry-out number is based on anticipation of stronger-than-expected canola exports in 2019-20 crop year

Agriculture Canada has reduced its estimate of canola carry-out stocks for the 2019-20 crop year by one million tonnes. In its latest Outlook for Principal Field Crops report, released June 14, Agriculture Canada estimated canola carry-outs as of July 31, 2020, at 4.3 million tonnes, down a million tonnes from its previous estimate of 5.3 […] Read more

Lateral drainage runs will be buried at a depth of three feet on 50 foot spacings. All tile drainage systems installed by Precision Drainage Solutions are designed using specialized drainage software and are permitted by the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency.  |  Brian Cross photo

Dryland Sask. pays attention to tile drainage

An installer says the system works in dry years because roots grow down faster, making plants more drought resilient

On the surface, the idea of installing a tile drainage system in the middle of a prairie-wide drought might seem counter-intuitive. But the benefits of tile drainage are evident during dry cycles and wet cycles, says Olaf Boettcher, a licensed tile drainage installer and owner of Precision Drainage Solutions in Saskatoon. It’s about managing water, […] Read more


Canadian Pacific Railway says focused capital investments in its network are a key factor in the company’s record-setting grain business.  |  File photo

CP expects to ship record amount of grain this year

The railway moved 22.5 million tonnes of grain and grain products between Aug. 1, 2018, 
and May 31, 2019, which is 500,000 tonnes more than it’s ever done at this point in the year

Canadian Pacific Railway expects to set a new record in 2018-19 for volumes of Canadian grain moved in a single crop year. Joan Hardy, CP’s vice-president of sales and marketing, grain and fertilizers, said CP is on pace to move more grain in the current crop year than ever before. Between Aug. 1, 2018, and […] Read more

In a firmly worded June 17 letter to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association said Ottawa must do more to protect the economic interests of Canada's cereal grain, pulse and oilseed producers. | File photo

Wheat growers push Ottawa for action on trade

The federal government is failing Canada’s farmers by neglecting to address lingering trade issues that have cost agricultural producers billions of dollars in lost revenue, says an organization representing wheat producers in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. In a firmly worded June 17 letter to federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association […] Read more


Canterra inks new distribution deal with Pride Seeds

Canadian seed companies Canterra and Pride Seeds have reached a new seed distribution deal that gives Canterra exclusive rights to distribute Pride seed products in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The partnership with Pride Seeds will allow Winnipeg-based Canterra to continue distributing Pride’s line of seed products, which include varieties of silage corn hybrids, grain corn […] Read more

According to the CGC’s Grain Statistics Weekly report, producer canola deliveries to primary elevators and processors were slightly less than 15 million tonnes through the first 43 weeks of the 2018-19 crop year.
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Drought may change canola forecast

Despite the loss of its biggest export market, Canadian canola continues to move through the handling system at a reasonably good pace, according to figures from the Canadian Grain Commission. According to the CGC’s Grain Statistics Weekly report, producer canola deliveries to primary elevators and processors were slightly less than 15 million tonnes through the […] Read more

Great Western Railway recently acquired the assets of Fife Lake Railway (FLR), another short-line railway company that owned 97 kilometres of track between Assiniboia, Sask., and Coronach, Sask., near the Saskatchewan-Montana border. | File photo

Great Western Rail purchases short line

Great Western Railway, a short-line railway company based at Shaunavon, Sask., has expanded its rail network in southern Saskatchewan. GWR recently acquired the assets of Fife Lake Railway (FLR), another short-line railway company that owned 97 kilometres of track between Assiniboia, Sask., and Coronach, Sask., near the Saskatchewan-Montana border. GWR had operated and maintained the […] Read more


Clark Brenzil, provincial weed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said some farmers are unsure about when to spray annual weeds due to poor soil moisture. | File photo

Drought can complicate weed control

Slow-emerging weeds make for tough spraying decisions, as do crops that are slow to develop

Slow crop development, low weed pressure and dry soil conditions are adding a stressful wrinkle this year to in-crop weed control efforts. Clark Brenzil, provincial weed specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said some farmers are unsure about when to spray annual weeds due to poor soil moisture. Others are delaying in-crop herbicide applications or considering skipping […] Read more

The Grain World Crop Tour is back for a second consecutive year in 2019. | File photo

Grain World prairie crop tour back for second year

The Grain World Crop Tour is back for a second consecutive year. It kicks off July 30 and concludes on Aug. 1 in Regina. The tour, organized by FarmLink Marketing Solutions, provides farmers and grain industry stakeholders a valuable opportunity to learn more about prairie crop production and market outlooks for the 2019-20 crop year. […] Read more