Usman Mohamad, a grain inspector from Vancouver, picks through a sample of Canada Western Red Spring wheat, finding much evidence of fusarium damage. Mohamad was working in the Canadian Grain Commission’s Winnipeg headquarters during the early harvest rush.  |  Ed White photo

VIDEO: The damaged harvest

Jan Knight hates being the bearer of bad news. However, that’s going to be a big part of her job for the next few months as she informs farmers that their crops are likely to be downgraded because of disease and weather damage. “I don’t want to be a ‘Debbie Downer,’ but there’s nothing really […] Read more

It’s been a growing season of wild weather on the Prairies, as reflected in this photo taken near Biggar, Sask., earlier this summer. The plentiful rain that came with it has generally been good for most crops, although lentils have been hit hard and wheat downgrading is now feared.  |  Cheryl Hare photo

Wheat facing downgrade fears

Persistent rain across Western Canada is prompting concerns that prairie farmers will add to a glut of low quality milling wheat that is already weighing on world markets. The good news, at least for some, is that volumes of top quality, high protein milling wheat could be in short supply and are likely to command […] Read more

Paul Thoroughgood says winter wheat plants transplanted from his snow-bare field near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan responded well. He hopes to put growers' minds at ease about winterkill. | Paul Thoroughgood photo

Don’t be hasty to reseed winter wheat: agrologist

Conduct spring assessment | Don’t try to determine if there is damage before mid-May

Unseasonably warm weather in February provided Paul Thoroughgood with the opportunity to dig up some of his winter wheat plants and inspect them for damage. He removed the plants from a field on his farm south of Moose Jaw, Sask., that hadn’t received a flake of snow and stuck them in a plastic Tupperware dish […] Read more