It’s that time of year where we transition from killing weeds to protecting our crops from diseases. Growing conditions across much of Western Canada have been good, with adequate moisture (to too much moisture!) and warm temperatures; this is excellent for the crops, but also creates a conducive environment for diseases to thrive. Scouting: As… Read More

The new Barley Council of Canada gets it: research and innovation, that’s what makes a difference to farmers.The Calgary-based council, formally incorporated last month, lists research and innovation at the front of its top five priorities. Others include best crop production practices, market development, market access and (I especially like this one) communication within the… Read More

Seeding and planting across Canada has not got off to a leaping start in 2013.  In the prairies it was snowing as late as yesterday while Ontario growers have been fighting their own version of poor spring planting conditions. See this weeks US pictures of #plant13 It seems to that kind of year when you can go… Read More

The Barley Council of Canada (BCC) was formally incorporated today, according to a press release. The first of its kind in Canada, the council will speak on behalf of barley industry members and farmers. “This is the first time in history the entire value chain has been brought together from coast to coast on a… Read More

In part one of this cereal seeding piece, I discussed a few important things to keep in mind before letting the drills hit the dirt. It included the importance of starting with quality seed that has been tested and applying a registered seed treatment along with a properly done thousand kernel weight assessment to target… Read More

If there’s two things I learned from the GIJOE cartoons in the eighties it’s that 1) GIJOE must have a strict catch and release policy because I don’t recall any members of COBRA being killed and they come back every week. 2) Knowing is half the battle!(they said it at the end of every episode)… Read More

The Western Grains Research Foundation is reminding farmers that the federal government annually provides a Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit to producers offering them a tax credit on their check-off investments. The tax credit percentage for producers who contributed to the Wheat and Barley Check-off, administered by the Western Grains Research Foundation… Read More

The most important pass a farmer makes every year is the one with the seeder. There’s no way to add yield or plants if you make a big mistake on that first pass — no amount of fungicide, herbicide or specialty product is going to come to the rescue. But seeding conditions in Western Canada… Read More

The world almost ended twice in 2012.  Farmers had to beware of the Mayan calendar but also earlier in the year the CWB officially lost it’s monopoly on the sale of wheat in Canada. Some people predicted armageddon, while others believed that the benefits were huge.  Chuck Penner, LeftField Commodity Research talked to me on… Read More

The world is a much smaller place than it ever was. When it comes to areas like feed grains, what was once a very localized trade is now increasingly international. That requires a new level of international awareness for producers, especially in times marked by historic highs and increasingly tight supplies. So what should we… Read More

 

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