After three years, if the return 
on investment is always positive, we adopt it whole farm.”
— Kristjan Hebert, Moosomin, Sask.

Fungicide question on wheat is settled

For these farmers, it’s every acre, every year… but always at the right crop stage

Kristjan Hebert knows exactly what his target is when he is spraying fungicide on his wheat. “One hundred per cent,” says the Moosomin, Sask.-area grain grower, who farms with his father. “Our goal is to get it all covered at the heading stage.” That’s a far cry from just a few years ago, when the […]

P.E.I. field quarantined with potato wart — August 30, 2014


A 35-acre field on Prince Edward Island is under quarantine and its crops set to be destroyed after the plot was confirmed to have potato wart. The finding was confirmed last week by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which has ordered “movement controls” on all equipment, plants, potato tubers and soil from the affected farm. […]

Western Sask. terminal owners approve CWB bid — August 29, 2014


Shareholders in western Saskatchewan’s Great Sandhills Terminal (GST) have unanimously approved an offer from the grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board. CWB announced Friday it’s completed its $17.4 million acquisition of GST, following an Aug. 18 meeting at which 100 per cent of shareholder votes went in favour of the deal. CWB’s […]

Mustard crops look good, harvest underway in SW Sask. — August 29, 2014


CNS Canada — Canada’s mustard crop is seen to be in a good state right now as harvesting begins in some areas of the country. “I think harvest has started in the southwest part of Saskatchewan. That’s the earliest start because they were the first to get in the fields,” said Walter Dyck of Olds […]

California plan for water tunnels violates environmental rules: EPA — August 29, 2014


Reuters — A California plan to bore two massive water tunnels under the fragile Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta hit a barrier this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the plan could violate the federal Clean Water Act and further degrade the delta’s ecosystem. The decision is the latest in a series of setbacks for […]

Manitoba beans progressing well, late harvest seen — August 29, 2014


CNS Canada – Manitoba edible bean crops have been progressing well over the past few weeks — but not enough, it seems, to push harvest back up to normal time slots. “The harvest is going to be a little later than normal,” said Francois Labelle, interim executive director for the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association. “It […]

U.S. livestock: CME live cattle supported by higher cash trade — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters – Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures settled up on Friday boosted by higher prices in the cash cattle market, traders said. Cash cattle, or market-ready cattle, sold in the U.S. Plains at $155 to $156 per hundredweight (cwt), traders said (all figures US$). Last week, cash cattle in Kansas and Nebraska […]

U.S. grains: Rain forecast weighs on corn, soy, wheat futures — August 29, 2014


Chicago | Reuters — U.S. corn and soybeans closed lower on Friday, flirting with contract lows on forecasts for rain that boosted confidence of bumper harvests for both crops this fall. The weather outlook, which called for rains across broad stretches of U.S. growing areas, also weighed on wheat futures as farmers prepared for seeding […]

Stem lesions are dirty white and usually dotted with numerous small, black pycnidia — the tiny dark specks.

Preserve blackleg resistance

Clip canola stems this harvest to check for blackleg in your fields

Blackleg has a way of sneaking up on you. A farm can go for years without any noticeable problems. But without the grower knowing, blackleg races within a field can shift — often in response to seeding the same genetic resistance source over and over — and infection starts to show up where it hadn’t […]

Lows dropped in Peace region — August 29, 2014


Overnight lows on Thursday reached 1 C in the parts of the Peace region of Alberta and B.C., but were progressively warmer heading east. Rain again fell only in some patches Thursday on the Prairies, particularly west of Lake Manitoba and in the McCreary area east of Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park, where up to […]