Has anything received more talk and less action than Canada’s chronic farm labour shortage? The nagging disconnect between unemployed Canadians and job openings in agriculture hit me this week when Statistics Canada announced that the country had lost more than 31,200 jobs in July. The figure was a surprise to everyone. Economists had predicted a… Read More

There’s a new foliar fungicide on its way to western Canadian growers. “Trivapro will be available for use in cereals, soybeans and corn,” explains Syngenta’s Rob Klewchuk, in this following interview. “There’s three active ingredients — three modes of action.” The active ingredients include: propiconazole (Group 3), azoxystrobin (Group 11), and the new succinate dehydro-genase inhibitor… Read More

Grains blew through the first week of August like a night owl, trading well overnight before collapsing during most daylight hours. For once, wheat was the big winner of the week, up more than 2% on concerns over the crop coming off in Europe and substitution away from corn for feed demand pretty much all… Read More

If tansy ragwort is gaining a foothold in your pasture fields, it’s time to take action. The poisonous yellow-flowered plant has taken root in pastures and hayfields across North America and its liver-damaging alkaloids can kill livestock, explains Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist Mike Cowbrough. In this video, Cowbrough offers tips… Read More

The Field Crop Development Centre (FCDC) and Lacombe Research and Development Centre hosted Lacombe Field Day on July 27 to showcase some of the work happening in central Alberta. And, for Flavio Capettini, head of research at FCDC, some of this year’s excitement centres around a recently released barley variety. “We just released TR13609 — it’s a… Read More

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum and Canadian Foodgrains Bank teamed up with over 600 volunteers from 100 Canadian communities to attempt a record-breaking harvest this week, at Harvesting Hope: A World Record to Help the Hungry. Over two years of planning culminated into 139 (of 148) threshing machines harvesting wheat for 15 minutes at the Museum… Read More

When your back’s against the wall, and talking and reasoning isn’t working, sometimes a 1-2 punch seems like the only forward. For example, in recent times, some Ontario farm groups — grain farmers, in particular — have used what appeared to be a pretty tough approach in dealing with pressure over neonicotinoid pesticides. People in… Read More

There are still many areas in Ontario that are dealing with drought and high temperatures during grain-fill. Peter Johnson, resident agronomist at RealAgriculture, and host of the Word talks about some of the options for managing through a drought, with a particular focus on harvesting corn silage early. Johnson also covers insects to scout for, corn… Read More

Parsnip is great in soups or part of a roasted vegetable medley, but if you see it growing in a ditch it’s best to steer clear. Those volunteer plants are likely wild parsnip and they’re poisonous to the touch, explains Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist Mike Cowbrough. The poisonous weed… Read More