Category: Crop Schools

Wheat School: Trying to Understand Fusarium

Fusarium is an ugly monster that continues to rear its ugly head across North America.  Some areas are definitely worse than other but the impact is real.  With more tolerant wheat genetics coming every year, farmers are desperate to try and manage this disease in the most proactive ways that they can. Some of the… Read more »

Canola School: Does Canola Need Micro Nutrients? – Ross McKenzie

For years many farmers just worried about nitrogen and phosphorus but things have changed.  As we have discovered more about the way the plant reacts to different nutrients, farmers look to anyway to increase the overall health and yield of the canola plant.  There seems to be differing opinions on the need for micro nutrients… Read more »

Canola School: Management of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur

In Western Canada, canola has become the key cash crop.  This makes it even more incredibly important to ensure your canola crop has an adequate amount of fertilizer.  Managing the nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur is incredibly integral to achieving the yield objectives you have set on your farm.  Many times I hear farmers talk about… Read more »

Wheat School: Spring Management of Nitrogen in Winter Wheat

Coming out of the winter months, making sure that your winter wheat has an adequate amount of nitrogen is critical for achieving your yield objectives.  Making some nitrogen decision in the spring is critical and cannot be ignored by the grower. Based on where you farm, how you approach the topic will differ. Because of… Read more »

Wheat School: Scouting Winter Wheat in the Early Spring – Patrick Lynch

One of the first things that you need to do as winter comes to a conclusion is evaluate your winter wheat stand.  Depending on the conditions of the past winter, the amount of winter kill can vary and difficult to  properly evaluate.  If you are too hard on your self you could decide to rip… Read more »

Wheat School: What is Falling Number

Falling number is critical in the milling and baking process.  Most farmers hear about the falling number but I am sure that many do not realize what it means.  In this episode Russell McLaughlin from Palmerston Grain talks about why falling number is important and why they test for it at the elevator point. See… Read more »

Canola School: Spring 2010 Canola Market Overview – John DePutter

One topic that is dominating many coffee shops is the planting indecision of farmers across the prairies.  Canola is one of the crops that does hold some promise for profits in the 2010 growing season.  I wanted to discuss the things farmers should be thinking about in 2010 in terms of the canola market, especially… Read more »

Wheat School: Frost Seeding Spring Wheat

Want to know how to increase your spring wheat yield by 40%?  Looking for a way to spread out the seeding of your spring crops?  If you are in an area of Canada that is applicable to frost seeding the rewards can be high but it is definitely not a simple process. I talked to… Read more »

Wheat School: Proper Storage of Wheat

Many times farmers think that once the wheat crop is harvested the pressure is off and it is time to relax.  A lot of things can go wrong inside the bin.  One of the troubles many people have is that they cannot see into the bin.  Ignoring the grain temperature, moisture and some other things… Read more »

Wheat School: Why I Grow Wheat in Ontario

Wheat is a major crop around the world. I believe that there is a wheat harvest happening in every month of the year somewhere in the world. One of the interesting stories about wheat is that it is grown for many different different reasons depending on where you are in the world. For the farmers… Read more »

Canola School: When Should I Swath My Canola

This year, perhaps more than ever, swath timing is critical for all varieties of canola. With the cold soil temperatures and dry spring and summer, there are many canola fields in Alberta and across Western Canada that are in a variety of stages and maturing at different times. Multistaged canola can make it difficult to… Read more »

Canola School – Lygus Bugs

In this edition of the canola school Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada breaks down the issue of lygus bugs and their impact on the canola crop.  Knowing the correct timing for spraying is very important in terms of lygus bugs.  

Canola School: Do I Need To Spray Fungicide

When the canola canopy is thick and moisture is abundant applying fungicide is necessary.  Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada helps you go through the process of why or why not in terms of applying fungicide this season.   See more of the Canola School