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

Airdrie, Alta., farmer Larry Woolliams uses whole-farm enterprise software, Crop Boss, to analyze the effectiveness of a significant investment in new field technology this year. “It looks like (the investment) will make its own payments. We like that,” he said.  |  Michael Raine photo

Crop Boss puts the whole farm in one place, any place

ARDRIE, Alta. — Farmers have a number of software offerings on the table when it comes to operational management. However, few were built by a farmer, for a farmer or stretch from pre-seed planning through the receiving buyers’ payments and reconciliation of inventory. Larry Woolliams, who farms in the foothills north of Calgary, started Platinum […] 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


The bronze Fearless Girl keeps an eye on the new Corteva as it launches on the New York Stock Exchange.  |  Michael Raine photo

VIDEO: Publicly traded Corteva focuses on agriculture

Former Dow-DuPont company sets out on its own in rough seas on the NYSE as a pure-play agricultural company

NEW YORK — The Fearless Girl’s unmoving, observant gaze fell upon a sign of the times, one bigger than the New York subway cars that rumbled underneath her bronze shoes. Last week Corteva Agriscience began trading its own path as a separate agriculture company, three years after the merger of Dow and DuPont, in what […] 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


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

There are currently no commercially approved genetically modified wheat varieties, and incidences of rogue plants are rare. However, unapproved plants were found in 2018 in Alberta, Canada, in 2016 in Washington state, in 2014 in Montana and in 2013 in Oregon. | File photo

GM wheat found in Washington state

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed the discovery of unapproved, genetically modified (GM) wheat plants growing in an un-planted agricultural field in Washington state. There was no evidence the wheat had entered the food supply, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said in a statement on June 7. The […] Read more

Airdrie, Alta., farmer Larry Woolliams uses whole-farm enterprise software, Crop Boss, to analyze the effectiveness of a significant investment in new field technology this year. “It looks like (the investment) will make its own payments. We like that,” he said.  |  Michael Raine photo

Farmer took seeding delay in stride

Western Producer arrived at Alberta farm as part of a regular series just as early May snowfall brought seeding to a halt


AIRDRIE, Alta. — May snowfall halted seeding in many parts of Alberta during the first weeks of May and the frozen moisture was held in place by below average cold. Looking out across the foothills to the Rocky Mountains, it could be easy to see concern in farmers’ faces in the Airdrie, Alta., area. Seeding […] 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