Hay sold off the farm takes away more nutrients than a grain crop. |  GETTY IMAGE

Your forage needs feeding too

A BCRC report says only 25 per cent of pasture and hay fields and 15 per cent of alfalfa fields are fertilized

  It’s a bit too easy, particularly in the rush of spring, to forget about what might be going in your forage fields, or more accurately, underneath them. “Forage fertility is often overlooked,” says Mike Howell, senior agronomist with Nutrien. “Farmers tend to think of themselves as cattle producers and are not always focused on […] Read more

The prevalence of herbicide-resistant kochia underlines the importance of rotating different
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Manage early weeds for season-long benefits

Early control allows canola crops to germinate with unfettered ccess to moisture, sunlight and nutrients

  It won’t be long until it’s time to seed canola. But when the frost comes out of the ground and early weeds are already coming to life, farmers should consider what to look for in a pre-season burnoff for early weed control. “At the beginning of the season, a pre-season herbicide application is meant […] Read more



Plans to increase milling capacity and new research funding positions Canada’s oat industry for the strong demand coming from China.

The growing demand for high-quality oats

A surge in China’s cereal consumption means opportunities for the crop with a new reputation as a ‘superfood’

  Oats for breakfast no longer means that pot of porridge bubbling away on the back of the woodstove. Its new reputation as a health-food ingredient for other products has meant growing sales in the U.S., which now takes about 60 per cent of the Canadian crop, but export demand is set to ratchet up […] Read more

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Could your crops have “hidden hunger”?

Most Prairie soils may be high in potassium, but that doesn’t mean all of them have enough of this essential nutrient

NPK – nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium – is the standard abbreviation for the major crop nutrients, but when it comes to soil tests in Western Canada, it’s traditionally been just NP. It’s been assumed that the soil supplies most if not all of the potassium needed, especially for mainstay crops such as wheat and barley. […] Read more


While early seeding of canola is usually recommended, this year’s cool weather may have reduced efficacy of some seed treatments.  |  CANOLA COUNCIL OF CANADA PHOTO

Flea beetles threw a curve this season

Managing flea beetles threw traditional wisdom out the window in 2019. What does this mean for the next growing season?

  Canadian farmers have had to contend with flea beetles for as long as they’ve been growing canola. This year they appeared early and damage was generally heavier than anticipated. The beetles often wreaked havoc in unexpected areas, while regions that saw heavy adult populations the previous fall had relatively little damage. As often seems […] Read more

Hybrid rye is hardier than winter wheat, so it is less susceptible to winter kill.

Hybrid fall rye a low-risk, high-reward option

Feed demand for both grain and forage offers potential for higher acreage in Western Canada

  The introduction of hybrid fall rye has been a gamechanger for the previously overlooked crop, taking it from the least profitable to the most profitable cereal crop on the Prairies. Hybrid fall rye can be used for food, feed and fuel and there are numerous market opportunities if we can grow enough to meet […] Read more

Mother Nature’s Curveball

How to help your crops make maximum use of important micronutrients

Four macronutrients — nitrogen (N), phosphorus(P), potassium (K) and sulphur (S) — usually get most of the attention in fertility plans. But while needed in smaller amounts, 13 other micronutrients are just as essential for crop health. It might be hard to imagine that as little as one pound of copper (actual) per acre would […] Read more


It’s important to watch for signs of infection, but if you can see fusarium head blight symptoms, it’s too late to manage it.

Controlling FHB through a multifaceted approach

Management involves an integrated, multifaceted approach in order to control the cereal disease

A couple of dry seasons may have provided a reprieve, but Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a not- too-distant bad memory for most Prairie cereal growers. Because the inoculum that causes FHB remains prevalent across the West, all it will take is moisture at the right time for the disease to flourish again. The good […] Read more

Winter wheat crop sprouting in southwest Ontario

Complete Nutrition, Minimal Complexity

by Markus Braaten, Yara Canola Crop Manager and CCA

  It is often said that “logistics trumps agronomy.”  Faced with one of the shortest growing seasons in the world, nowhere is this truer than in Western Canada. This reality is not a result of individuals looking for shortcuts. It flows from the fact that in environments like ours the most critical consideration is getting […] Read more