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Guess who’s paying for new grain grading?

New CGC regulations would add DON and falling number to Canada’s grade specifications

Reading Time: 8 minutes A proposal by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) to add two grading factors to its list of parameters is stirring considerable debate, mostly among members of the western Canadian food value chain, but also in the east. The two factors revealed in a document published by the CGC late last year are falling number (FN) […] Read more

As margins continue to tighten and costs increase, the challenge for growers is to maximize their efficiency.

Simplifying data management

Now into its second year, FieldView is helping users learn more, and do more for themselves

Reading Time: 5 minutes Precision ag is such a patchwork today. It seems to offer the potential to achieve so many great things on the farm, yet it can create almost as much bother and anxiety for the grower, i.e. the very individual it was created to help. With the number of systems, designs and platforms that can collect […] Read more





VIDEO: Curbing clubroot in Ontario canola

Reading Time: < 1 minute During a recent canola growers’ day at Arthur, Ont., Dan Orchard, an agronomist with the Canola Council of Canada, brought his years of experience managing clubroot in Alberta to Ontario growers. Canola fields affected by clubroot were first found last year in Ontario. With some diligence, Orchard said, the problem should be able to be […] Read more

Minimal issues reported with dicamba drift in Ontario

Reading Time: 3 minutes UPDATED, July 21, 2017 — There appear to be few dicamba drift problems in Ontario, unlike in other soybean-growing areas in the U.S. The provincial environment and climate change ministry, the body to which spray drift problems are reported in the province, has heard of some anecdotal cases this year, but nothing significant, according to […] Read more



Applying fungicide by air

If you choose an aerial applicator to apply your fungicide, be aware of timing and water volume

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dr. Tom Wolf, researcher and owner of Agrimetrix Research and Training, says aerial applicators are “tremendously important.” “They apply spray under conditions that a ground rig can’t — for example, with soil moisture. They cover much more area than a ground rig ever can so they can be more timely. ”Jill Lane, executive director of […] Read more


Tile drainage is an effective tool at managing water quality and subsequently improving management of soil health and related issues.

Where water leaves the farm

Improve your productivity by starting where water leaves your farm, and then work backwards

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the chase for higher yields and improved production, farmers have tapped into everything from precision ag systems to a return to cover crops. Now comes a concept that might not only boost yields and enhance soil health, it might also alleviate some of the pressure on farmers that starts with surface run-off heading into […] Read more

Female parasitic wasp with midge eggs.

Beneficial insects can reduce the economic threat if wheat midge arrives

Two natural predators 
can help with wheat midge problems if you foster their populations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wheat midge, a non-native pest that feeds on developing wheat kernels, is a serious economic threat to farmers, especially in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. But the pest is now a growing problem in Alberta, including Peace River country, and starting to attack Montana’s wheat crops. However, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada researchers know ways to reduce its […] Read more