There’s a lentil crop somewhere beneath the weeds, and Group 2 herbicides can’t do a thing about it.  University of Saskatchewan researchers are getting better control of kochia and wild mustard using organic farming methods than chemical methods.  |  Steve Shirtliffe photo

Kochia and mustard challenge lentils

In a more normal market, there are plenty of good reasons to grow lentils. But there are also two good reasons not to: the evil twins kochia and wild mustard. Market problems or no market problems, producers are still growing lentils this year and weed control will still be the same yield-robbing problem it’s always […] Read more

The Canadian-built Boomerang Chaff Cart will make its debut at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina this month.  |  Ron Lyseng photo

Big capacity chaff collection cart Canadian style

With feed shortages looming, cattle producers are thinking about alternative feed sources, such as ammoniated slough grass and chaff. Chaff may have high nutritional value, but it’s a nuisance to handle. Eldon Obach intends to turn that negative perception around 180 degrees with his new high-volume Boomerang Chaff Cart. Last week he completed construction on […] Read more

Ammoniating chaff can be profitable

Ammoniating cereal chaff is no longer just an emergency measure in times of drought or severe feed shortages. It has become part of the overall feeding strategy for some cattle producers. On mixed operations with cereals and beef, a few producers say they started ammoniating chaff when they got into zero till, as a means […] Read more


Cover crop in the extreme. This beautiful recipe includes radish, crimson clover, hairy vetch and winter oats. Steve Groff coaches farmers on the benefits of cover crops and how to make them profitable.  |  Steve Groff photo

Crop adviser says cash in on cover crops

Soil is meant to be covered, not exposed. That’s the basic premise of “cover crop coach” Steve Groff, a small Pennsylvania farmer who’s dedicated his life to promoting cover crops. In 2015, Groff went digital with his messages and launched a weekly webinar series called Cover Crop Innovators. The webinar covers practical topics, with frequent […] Read more

Scott Gillespie is developing cover crop combinations for potatoes in the Taber area, where light soils erode easily after the harvest.  He subscribes to the weekly Cover Crop Innovators webinar to stay abreast of the latest research and farmer initiated developments in cover crop seed mixes.  |  Scott Gillespie photo

Cover crop succeeds and grows in Alta. fields

Andy Kirschenman has subscribed to Steve Groff’s webinar since the beginning. The farmer from Medicine Hat, Alta., said he generally catches it live to make the most of the two-way exchanges. Kirschenman said he’s picked up a lot of information to help his farm, but there haven’t been any great revelations because he had already […] Read more


RoadBib is designed for tractors that split their time between field and road, such as manure, silage, grain carts, water tanks and spreading equipment.  |  Michelin photo

Roading tire change for Michelin

“Bib” the Michelin Man has just introduced a new tire aimed at farmers who put their tractors on public roads on a regular basis, towing slurry or heavy grain carts. The Michelin RoadBib has a revolutionary new tread design. Instead of a traditional lugged tire, it features 52 blocks with a wide footprint and shallow […] Read more

Conventional seed cleaning plants say efficiency of the overall facility improves by 10 percent with the additional of an optical sorter. The sorters are now used by organic growers wanting to remove weeds and chaff from grain and also by farmers with identity preserved contracts who want the best possible samples.  |  Nexseed photo

Optical sorters: higher volume, greater accuracy

Optical colour sorters have been employed in the delicate task of kicking bad seeds out of high-value pulse crops for about two decades. But now they do so much more. “The technology has really advanced in the past five years. They’re bigger and they handle more volume faster than before. The hardware and software are […] Read more

Summer is a dangerous time for grain in the bin, especially canola. And China’s recent rejection of Canadian canola imports seems likely to keep that canola binned up tight, where it’s at a high risk of heating. 
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Don’t let trade disruptions ruin your canola

Summer is a dangerous time for grain in the bin, especially canola. And China’s recent rejection of Canadian canola imports seems likely to keep that canola binned up tight, where it’s at a high risk of heating. Some farmers have finished seeding and are preparing for spraying. Others have lots of seed to put in […] Read more


Farmers urged to heed grain sensor readings

On March 14, the recorded temperature of peas in this Saskatchewan hopper bottom bin was -8 C. By May 9, just 54 days later, the Bin-Sense readout had escalated to 48 C. That’s a jump of 56 C in just 54 days. The yellow peas went into the bin at 14 percent moisture and 9 […] Read more

This shrouded nozzle system allows glyphosate to be applied between crop rows without putting chemical on the crop. In its first trials last year it was used to spray glyphosate in lentil plots seeded on a 10-inch row spacing. If the technology is proven to be successful, it may be key to slowing down the expansion of herbicide resistance. |  Chris Willenborg photo

Resist: spray between the rows

Like the plague, herbicide resistance is spreading to more chemistries, more crops and more fields. There’s no magical new herbicide over the horizon to conquer this scourge upon the land. Researchers around the globe are fiercely focused on finding ways to break the hold herbicide resistance has on the world’s farmers. But, with no chemical […] Read more