Bob Blackshaw of Agriculture Canada discusses herbicide resistant weeds June 8 during a Farming Smarter “plot hop” in Lethbridge.
|  Barb Glen photo

Attack weeds early to avoid yield loss, resistance

If history is a guide, a higher number of herbicide resistant weeds will be discovered this year in Alberta when Agriculture Canada researchers survey the province. Sixty percent of cropland in Western Canada has a weed resistance problem to some degree compared to 15 to 20 percent 10 to 15 years ago. Research scientist Bob […] Read more

Hemp planted May 11 on a research plot near Lethbridge is off to a good start. Hemp is not usually planted that early in the region but researcher Jan Slaski is studying planting dates, varieties and fertility at three Alberta locations this year.  |  Barb Glen photo

Field studies to narrow down when, how to grow hemp

Hemp has been grown on the Prairies for decades but there’s been relatively little research on its agronomics. Jan Slaski, senior researcher at InnoTech Alberta, is working to change that. He’s conducting agronomy trials in Lethbridge, Falher and Vegre-ville, Alta., to learn more about seeding dates, fertility and the yield attributes of different varieties. Plots […] Read more