Growers are advised to have seed tested early because  quality is in short supply. | File photo

Seed quality, availability agrowing concern

Bruce Carriere has some simple advice for Saskatchewan grain farmers: test your seed and test it early. Carriere, who owns Discovery Seed Labs in Saskatoon, said he’s seen a wide range of quality in common and pedigreed seed samples submitted to his testing facility this year. Generally speaking, disease levels are up on new crop […] Read more

While most phosphorus is banded, broadcast can be effective, too.  |  Getty photo

Where has all the phosphorus gone?

Phosphorus levels in Saskatchewan soil have taken a shellacking by the big yields made possible by contemporary crop varieties. “We have been mining this nutrient out of our soils ever since we started breaking the land; we are continuing to do it today,” Stewart Brandt from the Northeast Agricultural Research Foundation said during his Agri-ARM […] Read more

Agriculture Canada researcher Brian Beres, who was discussing his winter wheat research with farmers in 2012, says obstacles to growing the crop are being overcome.  |  File photo

Winter wheat profitable, but growers not signing on

Overcoming prairie farmers’ reasons not to plant winter cereals has proven challenging, but research is helping overcome a few of the objections. The short season, which now seems to fill the few gaps between planting and harvesting with spraying, is one of those hurdles. As a result, spreading the work of a combine over another […] Read more


New crop year market could be a repeat of 2016, but new president’s impact on global trade and currency are unknown. | Flickr/Michael Vadon photo

Trump is wild card in 2017 markets

Crop market analyst Mike Jubinville could have taken a different spin on the famous opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. That’s because Jubinville, head of ProFarmer Canada, thinks crop markets in 2017 will be characterized as neither the best of times nor the worst of times. He could have also noted […] Read more

While one analyst pegs prices around 25 cents per pound, another says burdensome stocks could push prices below 20 cents.  |  File photo

Canaryseed prices could firm in 2017, says analyst

Depending on who you believe, canaryseed prices could either see a modest increase in 2017 or a modest decrease. Either way, it could be a long time before growers see a return to the glorious days of 40 cent per pound canaryseed. “We’ve had a situation where we’ve had fairly stable supplies and fairly steady […] Read more


Steve Larocque worked with agronomists to maximize barley yields.  |  Michael Raine photo

Can barley hit a constant 180 bu. per acre?

Central Alberta farmer Steve Larocque has tried to walk through 200 bushel per acre barley fields. “You could walk across the top more easily,” he said about the experience. Larocque first encountered the world down under during his Nuffield scholarship experiences and continues to be fascinated with the potential from spring crops that is exploited […] Read more

Franck Groeneweg, director of the Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association, said the new policy requires farmers to get permits for all the drainage works on their property, with few exceptions. | File photo

Sask. commodity groups denounce drainage bill

All of Saskatchewan’s major crop organizations passed a resolution at CropSphere last week calling on the province to rescind or delay implementation of Bill 44. The bill supports the province’s new agricultural water management strategy and regulations that were implemented in October 2015. Franck Groeneweg, director of the Saskatchewan Farm Stewardship Association, was running between […] Read more

A researcher hopes to develop a way to determine root rot inoculum levels in a field.  |  File photo

Root rot found in 80-90 percent of Sask. pea, lentil fields

Root rot is rampant in Saskatchewan pea and lentil fields. The disease was found in 80 to 90 percent of the fields sampled in 2016, and 40 to 50 percent of them had moderate to severe symptoms. Aphanomyces is the most destructive form of root rot. It was found in 70 percent of the lentil […] Read more


Canadian flax exports to the European Union could increase by 13,000 tonnes, says an analyst.  |  File photo

Tighter EU herbicide residue limits may rewrite flax trade

Europe’s tweaking of a maximum residue limit for a herbicide has fundamentally altered flax markets for years to come, says the president of the Flax Council of Canada. In the summer of 2016, the European Commission tightened its tolerance level for haloxyfop to .01 parts per million from .1 parts per million. Haloxyfop is a […] Read more

Growers were angry that the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers board spent $30,000 on a survey, only to decide against a refundable levy. | Screencap via SaskPulse.com

Sparks fly over pulse levy decision

Annual general meetings at CropSphere are usually quiet affairs, so it was unusual to see some fireworks at this year’s SaskPulse meeting. The fuse was lit when Tim Wiens, chair of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, reported during the annual Saskatoon farm show on what action was taken on last year’s resolution calling on the board to […] Read more