GFM Network News


The app contains over 70 weed species and over 300 photos to help you identify weeds.

Pest Patrol: Using the ‘Pest Manager’ app

Weeds and weed management information in the palm of your hand

Reading Time: 2 minutes We have good pest management information and research. The challenge can be to get that information to the farmers who need it. Earlier this summer, a smartphone app was launched called Pest Manager. Currently, only information on weeds and weed management is included, so I tell farmers it’s what you would get if a weed […] Read more

Stripe rust.

Only upside to drought? Less spraying and less risk of crop diseases

But diseases like stripe rust, tan spot, or sclerotinia could be an issue if there’s been decent moisture

Reading Time: 4 minutes This summer’s dry growing conditions in Alberta have at least one silver lining — lower levels of disease in fields. “In those areas that have had very little rainfall this summer, you’re probably looking at limited development of diseases,” federal research scientist Kelly Turkington said in a July 6 interview. “Of more concern would simply […] Read more


Are you ‘always wrong’ at camp sclerotinia?

Your decision to spray essentially comes down to one simple equation

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ah, all the joys of summer camp… first loves, campfires and archery supremacy. And don’t forget wood ticks, swimmer’s itch and the stench of a cabin on weiners and beans night. In fact, it probably isn’t too big a stretch to say that the way we remember summer camp is probably as diverse as the […] Read more

Root rot in pea plants.

Root rot disease could become the clubroot of pulse crops

For pulse growers, aphanomyces has all too much in common with canola’s clubroot

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nervous eyes are watching it, and voices are already whispering that it may become the clubroot of pulse crops. Aphanomyces is a virulent root rot, technically classified as a water mould, and it appears to be slowly spreading throughout the Prairie region, affecting annual and perennial legumes including legume forages. First confirmed in Saskatchewan in […] Read more


Clubroot galls on a canola plant.

The threat for canola

Two canola diseases have got researchers worried

Reading Time: 4 minutes Protecting any crop from plant diseases that lurk in the soil or in the stubble is a never ending battle for farmers and researchers. Often, however, it’s even worse in canola, as becomes clear with a quick look at clubroot and blackleg. Both attack canola and while scientists and farmers are doing their best to […] Read more

“I think every field in the province – every year – should get an inoculant. It doesn’t hurt, and there’s a small net benefit to the producer for doing that on every field, every year.” – Horst Bohner, OMAFRA

Seed inoculation gains ground

Soybean Guide: OMAFRA’s Horst Bohner now recommends always inoculating. “There are some real benefits.”

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the world of agriculture, there are very few constants. Most practices and standards last only until new research shifts our thought processes, or until a new challenge or a new opportunity changes the landscape. There are plenty of recent examples. Within the past decade, the hard-and-fast rule of always planting corn first has changed; […] Read more


Last summer’s leached spikelets could mean a poor start for this year’s wheat crop.

2015 crop disease outlook

The 2014 growing season saw some serious disease 
outbreaks, and it looks like 2015 will too

Reading Time: 7 minutes Crops diseases are always a risk for grain growers. Be it rust in the 1950s, fusarium in the 1990s or clubroot today, it seems there’s always a new pestilence lurking just around the corner. Country Guide spoke to crop disease specialists from the three Prairie provinces late this fall about what they saw in the […] Read more

In a growing season such as 2014, bumping seeding rates can overcome poor stands, planting issues, even poor pod-set.

A look back at thicker soybean stands

Is 2014 proof that we’ve been going in the wrong direction with soybean populations?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Sometimes it’s best to take a quick look in the rear-view mirror before considering where to go next. In farming, of course, it isn’t that simple. The weather next year will never be exactly the same as it was this year, and pest and disease pressures will vary too. Still, it’s essential to look for […] Read more


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

Reading Time: 8 minutes 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 […] Read more

A soybean emerges from the soil in its early stage of development.

Soybeans fight to reach full potential against cyst nematode

A growing problem with sudden death syndrome is causing concern for Ontario soybean growers, but one plant pathologist says it’s a manageable concern

Reading Time: 7 minutes It’s an in-field whodunnit — a burgeoning crop disease that closely resembles other better-known problems, but is its own unique culprit, with its own unique symptoms, development and costs. The first symptoms are a widespread mottling and crinkling of leaves on soybean plants, usually coming after the start of flowering, though in rare cases symptoms […] Read more