“You know you’re going to be putting down phosphate and sulphur anyway, and this product simplifies that process and is easier to apply,” Mitch Poiron, Nutrien. |  GETTY IMAGE

Sulphur isn’t just for canola

Smart Nutrition MAP+MST offers a simpler way to integrate this essential nutrient into your fertilizer planning equation.

  All crops need sulphur — that’s a given. But since nitrogen is the main driver of most fertility programs, sulphur often gets overlooked in the planning process. That needs to change, says Mitch Poiron, marketing representative for Nutrien. “I think there’s a situation where some growers are too familiar or comfortable with their existing […] Read more

Managing your operation’s cash flow

Online application can deliver low interest advances on more than 50 commodities within three to five business days

  A made-in-Alberta farm business tool offers low interest rates, improved profitability, increased marketing opportunities, simple administration and efficient customer service. Alberta producers can access up to $1 million through FarmCash, the cash advance program administered by Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) on behalf of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. It offers the first $100,000 interest-free, with […] Read more

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