Category: Crop Schools

Wheat School: How to Check for Bugs in Your Grain Bin – Helmut Spieser

Have you ever had visitors to your farm that wish never came?  Some of the worst unwanted visitors to you your farm are bugs in your wheat bin.  Farming is very hard work.  It takes incredible fortitude, perseverance and a little luck to get the crop in the bin in a timely manner with high… 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: 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 »

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

Canola School: What's in the Net

Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada takes a close look at what bugs we find in the bug sweep net.  Cabbage seed pod weevils and lygus bugs can cause real havoc on the canola crop and Matt helps you identify them.  

Canola School: Proper Sweeping Techniques

Finding out what pests are in your canola field starts with sweeping for bugs.  It is essential that you do it correctly if you want to monitor the threshold levels.  Matt Stanford demonstrates the proper technique in the following video.  

CANOLA SCHOOL: Early Irrigation Management

Early irrigation management is very important to achieving yield targets. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada, provides great insight into how to properly manage your irrigation early on. Matt demonstrates the proper way to check for moisture and how to manage your wheel moves or pivots.