Category: Crop Schools

Canola School: When is the Right Time to Soil Sample in the Fall – Ross Mckenzie

As harvest comes to an end over the next couple weeks it is incredibly important to start laying the groundwork for next years canola crop. The first step is soil sampling and with the warmer temperatures that we are supposed to get the next two weeks this is not the right time. As Ross Mckenzie… Read more »

Canola School: The Need For Independent Canola Variety Trials – Lyndsey Smith

When farmers make decisions on the varieties that they are going to purchase many farmers enact different strategies.  For a vast amount of farmers the decision is based on trial results that are published by private companies and independent sources. There is just one problem with that….The prairie canola variety trials have been abandoned by… Read more »

Wheat School: Prepping Your Seeder For Wheat Planting

It would amaze you how many farmers don’t go through the proper initial prep on their seed drill before they go out to the field.  Just filling the cart tank and running wild it is not necessarily the best way to proceed. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School, Dean Jackson, Stoltz Sales and… Read more »

Wheat School: PrePlanting Weed Control, Drill Prep, Starter Fertilizer – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

Its time to seed winter wheat and there are several different considerations that you need to make in order to make sure you have success this season.  In many ways the steps that you take today are crucial to what your yield results are next August.  Too many people make some crucial mistakes at fall… Read more »

Canola School: Cabbage Seed Pod Weevil Resistant Canola Vareties – Dr. Lloyd Dosdall

Canola research continues to receive a lot of attention from the breeding programs around the world. In Canada canola is a very important crop for seed companies, processors and most of all farmers. Due to the fact canola is an accepted biotech crop in Canada researchers are working very diligently to increase the traits available… Read more »

Wheat School: Give Your Head A Shake – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with OMAFRA thinks that farmers in Ontario that are not seeding wheat need to give their heads a shake.  Having wheat in your rotation has major benefits in terms of agronomics and profitability. According to Peter, wheat is the crop providing the biggest addition to the bottom line on the farm this fall…. Read more »

Canola School: LDM Opens A New Crushing Plant in Yorkton, SK

When selling your crop more buyers bidding is always better.  Adding another high capacity crushing plant to the mix is a great step to one allow for a further expansion of acres and more competition for farmers canola crops. In this episode of the canola school, LDM Foods President, Brian Conn talks about the new… Read more »

Canola School: Lygus Bug Feeding on the Plant

The lygus bug is a pest that continues to be a problem for farmers in the west.  The need to scout the bug is from bolting on through the crop cycle.  The lygus bug can cause significant yield loss and damage to the canola plant.  In the early flowering period it can be easy to… Read more »

Wheat School: Using a Farinograph to Test for Dough Quality

Variety selection can be just as much about the milling quality as it is the agronomic traits.  Before and after a variety is registered, companies like the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI) work to try and develop markets based on the qualities of the product. One of the qualities of the grain is its dough… Read more »

Wheat School: Ontario Wheat Harvest Update

The wheat harvest in Ontario is underway and off to the start that everyone was hoping for.  The wheat crop in Ontario has really faced the perfect spring and summer. In this episode of the Wheat School, Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist, OMAFRA gives us an Ontario wheat harvest update.  Peter updates us on yields, disease… Read more »