Month: May 2012

Pulse School – When is it Too Late to Spray for Pea Leaf Weevil?

We’ve talked before about the damage the pea leaf weevil can do, but the current economics of peas add a sense of urgency to producers scouting and control strategies. With pea prices being as strong as they are currently, the economic threshold for spraying for the pest is lower than it ordinarily would be. Taking… Read more »

An Agriculture Celebrity – Mary-Dell Chilton

We don’t have top many agriculture celebrities.  There are people you recognize because you see them on tv, at meetings or on YouTube but in actual fact there is not a TMZ like service following around farmers or industry people (thank goodness for that). Recently I travelled down to North Carolina to visit the Syngenta Biotechnology… Read more »

My First Impressions of New Saskatchewan Ag Minister, Lyle Stewart

Last week the Saskatchewan provincial government shuffled the cabinet.  Whenever this happens farmers peer in with anticipation of a trade up or a trade down in the quality of the Agriculture Minister.  This week at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers AGM I had the chance to listen to the very first address of the new Saskatchewan… Read more »

Canola School: Making the Decision to Reseed Your Canola

In this episode of the Canola School,  Canola Council of Canada agronomist, Troy Prosofsky discusses the issue of reseeding.  Less than ideal plant stands are not good for yield but neither is late planting.  It is a very difficult decision whether to reseed. When you do decide to reseed your canola you have even more decisions to… Read more »

New Generic Options for 2012

In the last month a lot of new generic herbicides and fungicides have been registered, bringing the number to well over 300. This can become very confusing for both farmers and dealers who struggle to stay abreast of the fancy brand names and what’s in them. No-doubt, some of you might be questioning the need… Read more »

AgriTreks Ep. 9 – Cotton, Corn & Alfalfa in Casa Grande, Arizona

This episode of Agri-Treks brings us back to the Casa Grande area of Arizona for a look at some of the biggest crops in that region. It’s an area that ventures on the extreme side when it comes to hot and dry temperatures, but as we mentioned last time, if those heat units can be… Read more »

Determining Herbicide Timing in Non-GMO Soybeans with Varied Staging

Trying to time a post emergent herbicide application in non-gmo soybeans requires some careful consideration. Crop stage, weed stage and weed pressure all have to be considered in context in order to make the decision that will be most beneficial to your crop. The toughest aspect of that decision involves waiting for your crop to… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Cautious Optimism Among Producers at the Saskatchewan Stock Growers Meeting

“The number one cure for high prices is high prices” That also was a pretty good reflection of the mood surrounding the Saskatchewan Stock Growers annual general meeting this week.  There is  great optimism for the rancher heading into the fall run as I expect feeder cattle to have strong prices attached to them.  Whether… Read more »

RealCropReport – Peace Country Nears the Completion of Seeding

Jason Casselman, agronomist with Dunvegan AG Solutions Inc., near Rycroft, Alta., recently sent in these images of crop progress in the Peace region. After a very dry year in 2011, the area did get decent snow cover leading to better spring seeding conditions than last year. Timely rain this weekend (about an inch and a half… Read more »

Wheat School – How Have Fungicide Decisions Evolved Over Time?

Over the last 10 years, the thoughts and the strategy behind fungicide application have changed dramatically. Whether it’s new information brought to light by research or changing external circumstances, the process behind how farmers make fungicide decisions has evolved. Over the short term, some of those external changes that have influenced decision making involve the… Read more »

RealCropReport – East Central Saskatchewan Still Dealing with Wet Conditions in 2012

Kevin Elmy, Friendly Acre Seed Farms, farms near Saltcoats in east central Saskatchewan.  Once again the region is dealing with some wet weather.  If  Eastern Saskatchewan was to get a major dump of rain, the reality is not a good one for farmers in the area. Farmers in SE and central Saskatchewan have really had to… Read more »

Corn School – Don’t Lose a Bushel of Corn a Day- Crop Staging & Optimum Weed Control

Eliminating weed competition is critical to corn development during it’s initial growth stages. Weed pressure during that growth period can decrease yield significantly depending on the intensity and duration of that pressure. Timing your herbicide application properly can ease back weed pressure while keeping your crop from being damaged. Depending on the herbicide you use,… Read more »

Wheat School – Three Key Components of Fusarium Head Blight Management

There is no silver bullet solution when it comes to fusarium. The disease is widespread and can be devastating if it’s left unchecked or handled incorrectly. When it comes to management and control of the disease, the best bet any producer has involves an integrated approach. That approach involves three key steps that together give… Read more »

Ag Commodities Show Uncertainty for the Summer of 2012

The global economy continues to be quite tentative. The situation with Greece and the implications for the eurozone as well as the slow recoveries in North American markets and elsewhere have investors walking on eggshells. Agriculture doesn’t seem to be exempt from that vulnerability either. Markets have been quite volatile, with commodity prices bouncing up… Read more »

Soybean School – Making the Most of Your Soil Applied Herbicide

Soil applied herbicides in dry weather can be a bit of a concern for producers who are depending on them. In order for the herbicides to work effectively they need moisture to activate them and move them downward through the soil into the area where the weeds have germinated. Unfortunately, no moisture, no migration through… Read more »