Nothing good happens to mature wheat left in the field, and Peter Johnson is pretty thankful that some elevators are taking wheat at 17 per cent moisture to keep combines rolling. It takes a village, sometimes. For this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, Johnson also discusses compaction, rescue nitrogen on corn and beans, why… Read More

Is there a yield and quality advantage to using biological nitrogen fixation products? This is a question the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) is aiming to answer in a trial at Scott, Saskatchewan. Carmen Prang, agronomy research specialist with Sask Wheat, says there are different fertility treatments the trial is targeting: a low, medium,… Read More

Soybeans will pop out of warm spring soil a few days after planting, but they often sit for weeks before breaking the surface when planted early in cool, no-till environments. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Soybean School, host Bernard Tobin and Abhi Deora, head of Syngenta Canada’s Seedcare Institute, look at how soil temperatures… Read More

Wet, humid conditions can cause corn diseases to advance quickly. The usual suspects are always a concern: Northern corn leaf blight, gibberella ear rot, and more, but a new-to-Ontario disease, tar spot, has been harder to predict when it comes to threat level. In 2022, early indications showed the disease was present but a dry… Read More

Can heavy July rains fuel nitrogen leaching and push the valuable nutrient beyond the reach of corn plant roots? That’s a question Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs corn specialist Ben Rosser has been hearing a lot lately as many areas of the province have been dealt a deluge of rain. On this… Read More

Zappers, seed grinders, and robots, oh my! What’s the latest in weed control technology? For this episode of The Agronomists, host Lyndsey Smith is joined by Chuck Baresich of Haggerty AgRobotics, and Kim Brown Livingston of Manitoba Agriculture, to discuss the trouble with problem weeds and the new (old?) ways to deal with them. From… Read More

SaskCanola, in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, will continue to offer free disease testing for blackleg and clubroot to farmers, with the addition of testing for verticillium stripe new this year. Verticillium stripe was first reported in Canada in 2014, and there is still much to learn about this disease. It presents symptoms… Read More

A new report suggests that the removal of glyphosate from the farming toolbox would have negative financial impacts for farmers and cost the environment, as well. The report, “A Future Without Glyphosate,” was authored by Aimpoint Research and funded by Bayer. In it, authors looked at the complexities of glyphosate’s impact on agriculture and outlined… Read More

There are so many things that can’t be controlled on the farm, including when Mother Nature decides to provide some moisture. Irrigation provides more control over the moisture situation — however, the water is not limitless. Maximizing the water allowance not only makes growers happy, because it allows them to become more profitable, but it… Read More

The meeting of food production and solar power off the same acre has a name — agrivoltaics. It’s both a new term and a new concept, still in the beginning stages of an industry in Canada. While new, early adopters and research alike point to some real benefits of marrying power and food production, contrary… Read More

The federal and Saskatchewan governments have announced a change to crop insurance offered by Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corporation (SCIC) to allow more acres of low-yielding crops to be redirected to help livestock producers. Following on the heels of a similar announcement in Alberta last week, SCIC is again doubling the low yield appraisal threshold, allowing… Read More


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