Many of you have heard the industry talk about the need to develop research initiatives.  Without research there is no innovation and Canadian agriculture will begin to lose ground to its international competitors.  Across the country provincial and federal government agricultural funding is getting cut which is threatening our ability to compete in the long… Read More

I was somewhat surprised a month ago when I spoke about social media at the North American  Consulting School (NACS).  The room was full of agriculture consultants whom were all very passionate about the industry.  I was expecting a very like warm sort of response to my presentation with a maybe a few fellow self-described… Read More

With many farmers planting corn much earlier than they traditionally have and with warm weather the past two weeks, the corn crop crop in Ontario is looking quite promising. It actually is one of the good stories in Canadian farming this year along with most of the winter cereals across the country. Many people have… Read More

Farmers have always been known for innovation on the farm.  I can remember as a kid watching the Prairie Farm Report on Sundays with my parents.  There has always been a proud heritage of trying to make sure that all machinery on the farm is somewhat “customized” to ensure the ultimate in usability.  From turning… Read More

Fusarium continues to be a major concern for farmers as harvest begins in the US and parts of Ontario.  Many farmers routinely apply a fungicide to their cereal crops to try and minimize the impact of fusarium.  Its getting closer to the fungicide window for Western Canadian farmers and they need to really be considering… Read More

Fusarium head blight continues to be a major concern for North American farmers. Yield loss can be high and the amount of vomotoxin infection in the grain can cause significant grade loss. Although there are wheat varieties available to minimize the impact of fusarium, the reality is there is no technology available to control it… Read More

We have no shortage of farmer led groups in Canada. Almost every crop has a growers association that represents their interests in Ottawa, tries to create demand for the commodity with end users and consumers, supports the agronomics of the crop and provides services to the members. Many times this can feel disjointed and does… Read More

Septoria can have a nasty impact on your wheat crop yield and overall plant health. Found across Canada, Septoria must be scouted prior to the flag leaf emerging. The disease favors wet windy conditions so the impact will be less in drier years.  Leaf disease can have major impact on your overall crop health because it… Read More

In more humid climates, powdery mildew can have a real negative impact on your wheat crop.  It is actually known as one of the easier diseases to spot but needs to be sprayed with fungicide to ensure proper control. In the below video chat with Luc Bourgeois, Research and Development at Bayer Crop Science Eastern… Read More

Across the country we continue to see winter like conditions. Corn has suffered significant frost damage in Ontario and farmers in the western provinces continue to battle snow drifts. In-climate whether sometimes forces farmers to crowd suggested spraying windows and gamble on the effectiveness of the product or risk unwanted damage to the crop itself…. Read More

It is easy to talk about seeding depth pre-planting but it is even more critical to review planting depth after emergence.  It is no different than any other business process.  PLAN – EXECUTE – REVIEW – IMPROVE – REPEAT THE CYCLE. The stand above ground tells only part of the story though.  You also need… Read More

No matter what crop you are growing, knowing the growth stage of the planst is integral to making the right decisions. Are you spraying herbicides or fungicides or applying growth regulators? Well timing is critical nd all of that timing is derived by the stage of the crop. Depending on where you farm in Canada… Read More

Durum is a crop that many Canadian wheat growers identify with and take pride in.  Canada is a major global supplier of high quality durum to the marketplace.  Many times we focus on the production and marketing of durum but not what happens at processing. I got a great opportunity while I was at CIGI… Read More

 

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