A 2014 pea crop near North Battleford shows how rotation can effect disease outcomes.The only difference in management between these two pea fields, on each side of the trail, in the previous 15 years, was in that in 2010 the left side had peas while right other side had canola.
That decision cost the field on the left more than 10 bushels per acre, showing how effective longer rotations can be when dealing with root rot.  |  Sherrilyn Phelps photo

Aphanomyces fight fed by rotational spread

The best tool to manage aphanomyces root rot is to extend pea and lentil rotations. “We really need to get away from those lentils every two years, peas every three years, even peas every four years. We are seeing improvements of pea yields on fields where they get back to that eight-year, 10-year rotation,” said […] Read more

Market diversification for peas is a major target for Pulse Canada | File photo

Protein interest could prompt pulse boost

The plant-protein industry has come a long way in the 15 years Julianne Curran has worked to develop pulse markets. “When I first started out the food industry had no idea what pulses were, they never heard of them. They didn’t know you could get ingredients made from peas or lentils,” said Curran, vice-president of […] Read more

Pulse growers set ambitious yield targets

Reaching the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers yield targets for pulses will not be easy. “We have a target of increasing the average yield of lentils to 27 bushels to the acre by 2025, and peas to 43 bushels to the acre,” said Sherrilyn Phelps, SaskPulse agronomy manager. “That’s increasing the lentil yield by three bushels and […] Read more


Lumivia CPL is intended to be used against wireworm larvae, cutworm larvae, pea leaf weevil and armyworm on cereals, peas, and lentils.  |  File photo

Corteva introduces non-neonic seed treatment

The company recommends applying the product with a standard fungicide seed treatment rather than using it on its own


Corteva Agriscience has launched a new seed treatment for use on cereals, peas, and lentils that targets wireworm larvae, cutworm larvae, pea leaf weevil, and armyworm. Lumivia CPL is a non-neonicotinoid-based product that uses a new mode of action to control pests. “It is a mode of action that works on the muscles of the […] Read more

Cereals are one of the types of crops on which Miravis fungicides will work.  |  File photo

Fungicide lineup uses new molecule

Syngenta just dropped a new molecule onto the Canadian crop protection market that provides growers with another option in their fight against costly plant diseases. “The adepidyn molecule, which is a new carboxamide, or SDHI (succinate hydrogenase inhibitor), or Group 7 from Syngenta, is a molecule that is going to have activity in a whole […] Read more


Data firms must improve transparency

A public breakup between the Climate Corp. and Tillable is a cautionary tale for companies that manage agricultural data for farmers. The Climate Corp.’s FieldView platform manages planting, spraying and harvest production data, while Tillable is an online land-leasing marketplace that connects farmers to landlords. Last October, the two companies announced a partnership that would […] Read more

With a 420-horsepower Caterpillar engine, the Syn Trac is capable of handling heavy work loads. During Agritechnica last November it was displayed with a wood chipper. | Robin Booker photo

Tractor makes attachment hook-up automatic

The Syn Trac from Austria can dock and decouple all attachments with a push of a button and without leaving the cab

Hannover, Germany — A tractor platform being developed by Austria startup Syn Trac automatically unhooks and hooks up to attachments without having to wrestle with hydraulic lines, wires or the power take-off. “On the front and back of the unit there’s an automatic docking system, which connects everything including the driveshaft, six hydraulic functions, and […] Read more

LoRaWAN helps ride the smart-farming wave

This type of network can overcome the challenges of monitoring the environment and infrastructure in rural locations

The technical and financial barriers to entry of smart farming have decreased drastically over the past few years. Smart farming refers to managing farms with modern information and communication technologies, which can provide efficiency gains for farmers. A major component of a smart farm is monitoring the environment and infrastructure, but this can be challenging […] Read more


Deep compaction is largely caused by heavy axle loads and it’s very difficult to fix. A 1,200 bushel single axle grain cart can have an axle weight of up to 40 tonnes.  |  Robin Booker photo

No easy answer for soil compaction

Cover crops can build soil structure, which is considered a defence against compaction, but they are not always feasible

Increasing soil organic matter is one of the best ways to prevent soil compaction, said Marla Riekman, soil management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. “Building soil structure is your best defence against soil compaction,” Riekman said. “It’s (organic matter) creating both food and homes for microbiology that’s helping to build soil structure as well. It’s helping […] Read more

Let indigenous peoples speak for themselves

I’m proud of the unfathomable work ethic and perseverance “settler” families had to have to make the prairie region an agricultural powerhouse that people around the world rely on. Canada is consistently honoured as one of the greatest countries in the world in multiple international measures, including quality of life. So we as settlers and […] Read more