The 2012 canola crop is not just smaller than expected, it’s also light on oil content. According to the Canadian Grain Commission, this year’s crop is averaging a mean oil content of 43.5% (on a 8.5%  moisture basis, No. 1 grade). That’s down quite a bit from last year when it was 45.2%. The 10-year… Read More

  One of the most frequently asked questions I get concerns dormancy — what causes it and how it impacts crops destined for seed use. Dormancy in cereals is the most common of all, and it can be quite troublesome in certain years. This year, growing conditions have been excellent and very little dormancy has… Read More

This semester at the University of Guelph, Ontario Agriculture College, Francois Tardif and Mike Cowbrough‘s Crops 4240 – Undergraduate Weed Science students were given the assignment of making a weed identification  video for a weed commonly found in Ontario. The objective is for the students to discuss identification at different growth stages and  methods of control of… Read More

As farmers approach the mid-way point of the Ontario corn harvest (and quickly surpass it, we hope), preliminary reports suggest decent yields in spite of challenging conditions. That said, it most certainly wasn’t an ideal growing season, and farmers aren’t likely to see their highest ever production this year. What a challenging year does allow… Read More

13.4 million tonnes of canola is, historically, a big canola crop. For 2012, however, it’s a total tonnage figure that disappointed many Western Canadian farmers. As we reported earlier this year, the swaths looked like a 35 bushel crop but yielded closer to 20. Many were shocked by the significantly lower Statistics Canada production number… Read More

A web-based crop protection selection tool, AgChemExpert, launched this week. AgChemExpert is a custom designed software program that helps farmers and agronomists alike understand what chemicals do what, how and when to use them and even what they are made up of, according to the company’s release. Developed by agronomist Chris Hawkins, A-C-E is an… Read More

CWB has extended the deadline for farmers to sign up to the Harvest Pool from today to Friday, November 9. “CWB recognizes that farmers need time to adjust to new options and procedures in the first year of the open market for Prairie grain,” president and CEO Ian White said in a company release. “Many… Read More

In the last Pulse School episode, Dr. Bert Vandenberg, lentil and faba bean breeder at the University of Saskatchewan, outlined the market development challenges facing the faba bean industry. He noted, however, that the varieties farmers have to choose from are already a very good fit for much of the prairies. Duane Ransome, member relations… Read More

Recently, I asked if farmland prices had surpassed the point of profitability. The response was mixed — prices in some areas were listed as quite high, but often actual sales occurred at a lower, more manageable price. As balance, however, prices far beyond even the $15,000 an acre discussed have since been reported in areas… Read More

Knowing whether or not the nozzles on your sprayer are doing the job they’re supposed to is something you shouldn’t have to learn the hard way. Being able to evaluate things like spray pattern, flow, wear and performance before you hit the field saves you time and money. In this video featuring OMAFRA’s Helmut Spieser,… Read More

The macronutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur — get most of the attention when planning for crop nutrition needs, as they should, but more and more farmers are looking at a crop’s need for micronutrients to reach maximum yield potential. Micros are needed in very small amounts but are critical for optimal plant health… Read More

 

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