Wheat midge has great impact on wheat growers in many areas.  This year will  be the first year that farmers will be able to purchase midge tolerant varieties.  There are three different varieties right now and more in the pipeline.  It is critical that as an industry we properly manage this great new innovation in… Read More

Treating your seed has become much more popular through the years as products become safer for the user and the environment.  No longer looked upon as snake oil by farmers, seed treatments provide another form of insurance to getting a great yield.  Whether it is corn, soybeans, canola or cereals, farmers are seeing the benefits…. Read More

Fusarium has become a massive concern for many wheat growers on the prairies.  Fortunately many plant breeders in both Canada and the US are truly focused on providing higher tolerances in new varieties.  Many potential agronomic issues can be solved thru plant breeding but the challenge is that it takes time.  Plant breeding is not… Read More

I love to personally hear what people see as the next things in agriculture.  A great time to do this is at the start of a new decade.  There were many changes in the last decade and the next will only bring more challenges and opportunistic changes to keep us all on our toes. I… Read More

Monsanto has been named the company of the year by Forbes magazine for the January 2010 issue.  Monsanto is recognized for outstanding innovation in its field and as a result healthy performance on wall street. For me Monsanto is one of those hot button topics that sends off flares and fireworks for all sides of… Read More

As we put the final touches on this long season we are getting ready for next year already and canola seems to be near the top of most lists. So when looking for a canola variety what should be your main reason for growing a variety? Is it yield, harvest ability, disease resistance or maturity?… Read More

With public research in breeding getting cut back significantly across North America, some added funding  is always welcomed.  On Wednesday, the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency (ALMA) announced that they are going to invest eight million dollars into feed grains research.  This money will fund projects in the area of varietal development and developing use technologies…. Read More

I attended the Canadian Seed Trade Meeting this week in Montreal. Every year the Canadian seed trade gets together to discuss the issues affecting the industry and meet within the industry to discuss business deals.  The seed industry has many issues affecting it currently. Between flax exports, potential introduction of transgenic wheat, pollen flow and… Read More

By Garth Donald, DynagraVRT Farmers look at many costs when they are making a crop plan. But the one thing I always hear from a lot of growers is that certified seed doesn€™t pay year after year. Coming from Manitoba to Alberta back in 1997 I wondered why there were not more seed growers and… Read More

I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked Sarah Foster from 20/20 Seed Labsabout how they are finding lower germination results in peas this winter due to glyphosate damage.  It is essential that you test your saved seed before you make any plans on planting.  Planting high quality seed is critical to giving yourself… Read More

Trevor Nysetvold from BioVision Seed Lab, talks about some of the early seed quality results from the fall 2009 harvest.  Obviously harvest is dragging on for many producers but Trevor says that the early results are interesting.  Trevor talks about germination and fusarium results so far. Trevor recommends sampling procedures for farmers to get the… Read More