Category: Crop Schools

Canola School: Don’t Seed Too Deep

Last week, we discussed seeding speed and the need to keep your seeder at an adequate speed to achieve desired productivity but not lose the accuracy required to get the proper plant emergence and stand.  In terms of seeding depth a rule that I was taught long ago is that the smaller the seed, the… Read more »

Canola School: Dealing with Market Access Issues for Canadian Canola

At the recent Canada Grains council meeting a listened to a full day of discussions around Canada’s market access issues  across all the main crop types.  The recent market access issues with canola are well documented and continue to challenge the countries trade attempts. With 85-95% of Canada’s canola crop getting exported, trade is very… Read more »

Canola School: Why Seeding Speed is Important

Seeding equipment continues to get larger and larger which allows for more acres to be covered in a day.  Even with the larger equipment some farmers still find it hard to control the speed of the tractor just so they can say that they covered so many acres in a day.  Everyone needs to remember… Read more »

Wheat School: The Difference Between Fusarium and Vomitoxin

Last week we discussed the topic of fusarium.  Based on the popularity of this One of the frequent confusions is that there is actually a difference between fusarium and vomitoxin.   Some people do not understand that you can have fusarium without vomitoxin. Both are issues that are affecting farmers and their ability to market… Read more »

Canola School: Understanding the Flea Beetle – Hector Carcamo

With the advent of the introduction of seed treatments like Helix Extra, we do not hear as much about flea beetles anymore.  The reality is that they are still around and could have an impact on your yield.  Forecasts for this pest are difficult and we require the pest to eat the plants in order… Read more »

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: Do We Need to Worry About the Cabbage Seed Pod Weevil in 2010 – Hector Carcamo

With canola being one of the only crops in Western Canada that will enable a profit on the farm this year we need to do our best to protect it.  One of the largest threats to canola yields is the cabbage seed pod weevil.  The cabbage seed pod weevil mainly affects areas of Alberta and… 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 »

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 »