Category: Crop Schools

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 »

Canola School: Reducing Canola Left in the Field Increases Your Revenue and Lessens Volunteers- Denise Maurice, Canola Council of Canada

One thing this wet spring has taught most of the western Canadian farmers is that maybe canola growers are leaving way too much canola in the field to grow as volunteer the next crop year.  Canola volunteers have been very prevalent in the field and one of the ways that this can be minimized is… Read more »

Wheat School: The GFO is Committed to Wheat Research in Ontario

Many of you have heard the industry talk about the need to develop research initiatives.  Without research there is no innovation and Canadian agriculture will begin to lose ground to its international competitors.  Across the country provincial and federal government agricultural funding is getting cut which is threatening our ability to compete in the long… Read more »

Canola School: Understanding the Diamondback Moth – Lloyd Dosdall, U of A

As if the Western Canadian canola fields have not had enough challenges this year but now we also have to deal with the presence of the diamondback moth.  The diamondback moth is really causing havoc this season in comparison to prior years. In this episode of the Canola School, I speak to University of Alberta, Associate Professor… Read more »

Canola School: Late Application of Glyphosate at the Bolting Stage – Bruce MacKinnon, Monsanto

The canola crop that has emerged is quite variable in height which is causing significant challenges in trying to control unwanted weeds. This year the ideal scenarios never seem to be playing out which requires farmers to weigh all the positives and negatives to all situations. This is a year where there is give and… Read more »

Wheat School: Identifying Fusarium Head Blight in the Field

Fusarium head blight continues to be a major concern for North American farmers. Yield loss can be high and the amount of vomotoxin infection in the grain can cause significant grade loss. Although there are wheat varieties available to minimize the impact of fusarium, the reality is there is no technology available to control it… Read more »

Wheat School: Bring Out the Artillery Because You’ve Got Army Worms

It seems that the amount of pests that can have a negative impact on our wheat fields is never ending. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School we are going to discuss army worms. Army worms can cause significant yield loss in a wheat crop and also impact neighboring crops like corn or canola… Read more »

Canola School: Assessing Flea Beetle Damage

In this episode of the Canola School, Troy Prosofsky discusses the impact that the flea beetle is having on the Western Canadian canola crop.  Troy also talks about the evaluation of flea beetle damage and when or when not to spray to control the pest. Flea Beetles can be terrible pests and if the damage… Read more »

Wheat School: Everything You Need to Know About Nozzles and Spraying Fungicide

Whether you farm in Ontario or the west it is time to start thinking about spraying your winter wheat with fungicide to protect it from leaf diseases like septoria or powdery mildew. When spraying fungicides there are many considerations that need to be taken into account. Nozzle selection, nozzle position, water volume, and sprayer boom… Read more »

Canola School: Crusting Can Negatively Impact Your Stand

Many people think that if farmers get moisture you are ensured success. Well this year is proving that moisture can also bring challenges. One of those challenges is crusting (see picture below). Canola has a hard time penetrating any crust. This year the crust in many areas seems to be worse than usual and growers… Read more »

Canola School: Broadcast Planting Canola Seed

As we mentioned last week, we are dealing with abnormal rainfall and cool temps in Alberta and Saskatchewan and that has pushed canola seeding back further than desired. Now that the calendar has entered June, many farmers have started hiring floaters to broadcast seed the canola seed. This is not ideal but the unfortunate reality… Read more »