Month: May 2010

Wheat School: Dealing with Septoria

Septoria can have a nasty impact on your wheat crop yield and overall plant health. Found across Canada, Septoria must be scouted prior to the flag leaf emerging. The disease favors wet windy conditions so the impact will be less in drier years.  Leaf disease can have major impact on your overall crop health because it… Read more »

Wheat School: Understanding Powdery Mildew

In more humid climates, powdery mildew can have a real negative impact on your wheat crop.  It is actually known as one of the easier diseases to spot but needs to be sprayed with fungicide to ensure proper control. In the below video chat with Luc Bourgeois, Research and Development at Bayer Crop Science Eastern… Read more »

Wheat School: Be Careful When Spraying After Cool Nights

Across the country we continue to see winter like conditions. Corn has suffered significant frost damage in Ontario and farmers in the western provinces continue to battle snow drifts. In-climate whether sometimes forces farmers to crowd suggested spraying windows and gamble on the effectiveness of the product or risk unwanted damage to the crop itself…. Read more »

Will You Be Eligible To Vote in the Next CWB Election?

The federal government is proposing to change who is eligible to vote in the upcoming Canadian Wheat Board Election.  My understanding is currently that if you have or had a permit book you could vote.  The proposed change would require a farmer to at least deliver 40MT of production from one of the seven major… Read more »

Wheat School: Evaluating Planting Depth After Emergence

It is easy to talk about seeding depth pre-planting but it is even more critical to review planting depth after emergence.  It is no different than any other business process.  PLAN – EXECUTE – REVIEW – IMPROVE – REPEAT THE CYCLE. The stand above ground tells only part of the story though.  You also need… Read more »

Discussing Organics and Biotech with Alex Avery

As you all know the debate around food safety continues to rage on.  As we have discussed on this site before, the debate many times comes down to the discussion around combating the theory by many consumers that organic food is more healthy and better for the environment.  What we see on tv is people… Read more »

What is the Direction?: A Look at the Corn and Barley Markets

It is amazing how a lack of volatility in today’s feed grain markets almost makes a person nervous. Feeders and farmers don’t seem believe that the corn and barley markets can actually sit still and hold a broad trading range. It really is unbelievable how we have moved from an industry that expected feed prices… Read more »

Mother’s Day on the Farm is Everyday

This weekend is Mothers Day which means many farm families will be spending some very valued time together.  Mothers fill some very vital roles in the faming operation.  Some moms run tractors, some mom’s do all the administrative work, and some mom’s make sure the harvest crew is fed.  In many farm families that I… Read more »