The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s third and final ruling announced Friday on gene-editing for crop variety development clears the path for this precise, cost-effective plant breeding tool to be used in Canada. Does this mean farmers will have access to new drought-resistant or nitrogen-efficient varieties for next year? Not so fast, says Krista Thomas, vice-president… Read More

If there’s one thing freshly-planted soybeans don’t like, it’s a cold drink of water. Soybeans are quite resilient to early season weather and cool soil, but a cold rain in the first 12-hours after planting can spell death to newly-planted soybeans. How does corn fare? Well, not much better, says RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist Peter “Wheat… Read More

Corteva Agriscience and the Pioneer seed brand are looking to new Z-Series soybeans to deliver agronomic advantages, better disease defence, and higher yields for North American soybean growers. Canadian growers will have access to limited seed from 20 varieties for planting in 2024 — 50 will be available in the U.S., with full availability expected… Read More

Every year soybean growers make seed choices based on a host of factors. One of the key decisions is whether to plant long-season varieties, full-season varieties or choose a shorter-season variety. Many growers target longer-season varieties and an early planting date to try to optimize yield potential and put more bushels in the bin, but… Read More

Surrounding yourself with exceptional people and building a winning team. It’s a recipe for success that Saskatchewan-born Lorne Hepworth has followed through three successful careers and now an appointment as Member of the Order of Canada. This week, RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney sat down with Hepworth to discuss his journey, which includes a career arc with… Read More

Like the Christmas decorations coming out at Costco, it feels like the variety and hybrid line-up decision keeps moving earlier and earlier each year. For some farmers, early decisions are vital in order to secure the exact variety, treatment, and trait package, but that decision is sometimes made before the current-year’s data is compiled. To… Read More

Brent Derkatch has been named as the new president and CEO of CANTERRA SEEDS. Derkatch steps into the role as long-time CEO David Hansen announced his retirement earlier this year. Derkatch has been with CANTERRA SEEDS since 2001, and has served as the director, Pedigreed Seed Business Unit for the past five years. Derkatch will… Read More

Pulse growers challenged with seedling disease pressure will have a new treatment option in Vibrance Total seed treatment from Syngenta Canada. With five modes of action, Syngenta says this product offers broad-spectrum disease control against multiple pulse diseases, including pythium and ascochyta blight. Vibrance Total features a new active ingredient, picarbutrazox, that delivers protection against… Read More

The biological market in agriculture is growing exponentially, as many companies are investing in development and introducing products that contain bacteria or fungi that are supposed to provide a significant benefit to a farmer’s crop or soil. It’s up to farmers and their agronomists and retailers to not only determine whether a biological product works… Read More

Growers looking for disease and weed control in winter wheat will often apply a herbicide-fungicide tank mix at the four-leaf stage (T1). This strategy helps defend the crop against early-season diseases such as powdery mildew and also tackles problem weeds, but there may be other benefits such as protecting the crop from a frosty springtime… Read More

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