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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

The Nova Air Cart from SeedMaster has the ability to apply variable rates for up to four products at once. |  SeedMaster photo

Precise metering can mean big saving on seed

Third-party testing backs SeedMaster's claims of high-performance metering and distribution

Being confident that your product does what you say it will do is a positive place to start, but proving that it is as good as you think is even better. That’s why SeedMaster worked with the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute to test two air seeder configurations and validate their performance claims. The complete PAMI […] Read more

The true value of pod shatter technology

If you think shatter resistant canola varieties can only be straight cut, you may be missing out on their real benefit — harvest flexibility

“Just because you can straight cut, doesn’t mean you have to, or should,” says Aaron Miller, Pioneer Hi-Bred area agronomist with Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont based in Warman, Saskatchewan. As he sees it, planting a shatter resistant canola variety doesn’t lock you in to straight cutting at harvest, but it does give you […] Read more

Staying one step ahead of clubroot

Choose a hybrid with resistance to this destructive canola disease

In theory, the last couple of relatively hot and dry growing seasons should have slowed the progress of clubroot to canola fields across the Prairies. In practice, they didn’t. Why? Researchers and plant breeders say the answer is that just as other weeds, pests and diseases evolve to thwart control methods, clubroot is doing the […] Read more

I have unharvested crop in the field. Is a Cash Advance still an option for my farm?

A cash advance can be a source of cash flow for farmers with unharvested crops

Harvest 2018 has been less than ideal. With unharvested crop still in the field farmers may be looking for new options to cover fall expenses. The Canadian Canola Growers Association’s Cash Advance program gives farmers flexible cash flow options that can help in times such as these.   We recognize that many farmers are having a […] Read more