The latest in combine technology from makers can automatically control grain quality and flow, including Case IH’s line of Class 7, 9 and 9 machines.  |  Robin Booker photo

New system adjusts combines on the fly

The AFS Harvest Command on Case combines keeps track of a machine’s settings to improve quality and savings

MARICOPA, Ariz. — The automatic combine adjustment system available in the new Case 250 series combines use 16 sensors to control seven combine functions, says Ryan Blasiak, Case IH harvest marketing manager. “To make adjustments on the fly, it is super easy,” Blasiak said. “All you need is four button presses and you’re ready to […] Read more

A western Canadian producer says those who export fake honey into Canada have found a way to pass the test used by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and says it’s time to do something about it.  |  Getty Images

Producer urges gov’t. to take action on fake honey

A British Columbia beekeeper spends $1 million on a new test and implores the government to make sure it is used

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency uses an ineffective method to detect fake honey, which has forced a Canadian beekeeper to take matters into his own hands. Peter Awram is a second-generation beekeeper who has apiary facilities in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and produces honey north of Edmonton. “There is so much fraud in the industry, […] Read more

New study finds risks in broadcasting urea

The research in eastern Sask. also found that advanced efficiency products do not reduce losses in all situations

Spreading urea on the soil surface is coming back into favour as farmers look for quicker ways to cover acres in the spring seeding window. The resurgence has researchers re-examining the strategy. “Our board said, ‘there are a lot of guys throwing fertilizer down on top of snow; I wonder how much nitrogen they’re losing […] Read more


CFIA has never prosecuted adulterated honey cases

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tests honey imported into Canada for veterinary drug residues and chemical contaminants, as well as for adulterants such as sugars or syrup added to honey. Honey imports found to be adulterated are returned to their country of origin or destroyed. Foreign companies that send adulterated honey into Canada may face […] Read more

CFIA increases detection, but test suspect

In 2018, Canada imported 5.11 million kilograms of honey, worth $35,392,813. In 2017, Canada imported 6.66 million kg of honey worth $41,331,228, and in 2016 Canada imported 6.56 million kg of honey worth $38,063,604, according to Statistics Canada. Before April 1, 2017, the CFIA tested 64 to 100 samples of imported honey a year for […] Read more


The main tools for fighting blackleg continue to be longer rotations, identification of the disease when scouting and resistance to the pathogen bred into Canadian cultivars.  |  File photo

Plant breeders battling blackleg with disease resistant varieties

Life science companies have much to brag about when it comes to the resistance they’ve deployed in Canadian canola varieties, which has successfully kept blackleg pressure relatively low in this country. In the early 1990s, blackleg throttled canola production by as much as 50 percent in some fields. Resistant varieties then became available to producers, […] Read more

Soybeans may do well in soil like this Regina gumbo, so the plants can store moisture for use later in the season. | File photo

Soybeans could replace pulses in rotation

Growers who want to extend their pulse rotations but do not want to reduce the amount of nitrogen fixed in their soil by a legume should evaluate soybeans as a cropping option. Disease pressure in the prairie pulse crops has waned over the past two growing seasons under drier conditions, but pea and lentil growers […] Read more

Measuring blackleg’s impact on profitability

Blackleg may not be the most yield-robbing fungus that prairie canola producers face, but it is certainly a concern. “Growers shouldn’t assume that blackleg doesn’t have a repercussion for their overall profitability,” said Clint Jurke of the Canola Council of Canada. As the prevalence and severity of blackleg crept up over the past decade in […] Read more


K-Hart’s 8612 double-disk opener has a 17-inch lead disk that leans at a 17.5 degree angle and a 14.5-inch opener disk that keeps dirt and residue out of the seed trench. | Robin Booker photo.

Low disturbance double-disc

K-Hart industries has come to the market with a low disturbance double-disc opener, but it’s nothing like the double-disc seeder your grandpa used. The discs on K-Hart’s 8612 opener are different sizes — a 17-inch lead disc and a 14.5-inch opener disc, which enables what the company describes as undercut opener design. The leading disc […] Read more

Caution urged when buying pedigreed seed

Pedigree seed tested in Saskatchewan so far this winter has a relatively high quality, but that doesn’t mean growers shouldn’t use caution when sourcing their seed. Jason Danielson of Discovery Seed Lab said compared to previous years the durum seed stock looks good, while growers should be cautious when sourcing oats and legumes. “Germs and […] Read more