Category: Crop Schools

Canola School – Pests You Should be Concerned About – Dr. Lloyd Dosdall

With the wet weather across the prairies getting all the media attention, you would assume that most farmers would be dealing with pests that come with an over abundance of moisture. With the majority of the west being wet except for the Peace, pests that love moisture will become a real problem.  The interesting thing… Read more »

Wheat School – Spring Application of Nitrogen to Your Winter Wheat Crop – Peter Johnson – OMAFRA

Farmers looking to kickstart their winter wheat crop are very careful in timing their nitrogen application. Applying nitrogen at the wrong stage in plant development can lead to yield loss down the line. That being said, farmers have to take into consideration the difference in conditions this year vs last year. Whereas last years conditions… Read more »

Canola School – Dealing with Low Soil Temperatures – Anastasia Kubinec – MAFRI

In some areas of the country, whether on time or late, farmers will have to deal with seeding into cool, wet soil conditions. As we approach the 1st of May, farmers who haven’t seeded yet may be looking at planting canola in less than ideal conditions just to get the crop in the ground. The… Read more »

Wheat School – The Destruction of Wheat Midge – Scott Meers

Wheat midge is something that traditionally, farmers in Alberta have not been too concerned about. It was always more of a Saskatchewan issue. Over the past few years however, as we have moved to wetter springs and summers, conditions have changed enough for the pest to become a greater concern. Wheat midge is a pest… Read more »

Canola School – Talking to Farmers About Conditions Across the West

AAAAHHH, COME ON! This is the standard “wake up and look out the window” response these days. “Wet” is the descriptive word of choice around most of the western prairies these days. It’s been coming in all forms lately too, rain, snow, sleet, hail, floodwater, you name it. The closer we come to that critical… Read more »

Canola School: Ross McKenzie on Wet Spring Soil Concerns for Canola

It may be a bit of an understatement to say that farmers across the west are eager to get in the field and get seeding. In the south end of Alberta, we’ve been teased with one day of sun, one day of rain/snow/sleet/cold. Other parts of the west need to dry up, while Peace River… Read more »

Wheat School – Warburtons Foods Perspective of the Canadian Wheat Industry – Adam Dyck

For businesses involved in the food industry, a consistent, quality ingredient is a necessity. This is especially true for those involved in baked goods. For those businesses, wheat is a very important ingredients. For Warburtons Foods, based in the U.K., Canadian wheat is specifically what they need and want. Those needs include certain characteristics specific… Read more »

Canola School – Canola Market Outlook – Jonathan Driedger

Markets go up and markets go down. In the last thirty days canola has taken quite a run in multiple directions. Is it overbought, oversold or just right. Ask all of us in November. The trading range of $500 – $600 per tonne seems to be a real opportunity to trade the range but for… Read more »

Wheat School 2011 – The Cereal Leaf Beetle – Scott Meers

The cereal leaf beetle traditionally has been a minor pest in Canada.  Western Canada has begun to see some of the damage as it has moved north from the United States.  Scott Meers, Alberta Agriculture states that the cereal leaf beetle has not yet moved above Highway One but should still be a concern for… Read more »