Verticillium wilt is a well known global disease that impacts many different crops. Verticillium stripe, however, is a lesser-known disease and one impacting canola, specifically. They may have similar names, however, they are not nearly the same disease, and it’s important to know that when discussing the disease, says Clint Jurke of the Canola Council… Read More

Not without controversy, applying glyphosate prior to harvesting a crop can help with crop and weed dry-down. If done too early, while the plant is still moving nutrients up into the kernels, a pre-harvest pass can cause glyphosate residues in the resulting grain. That’s always a concern when residue is possible, but mounting pressure against… Read More

Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has announced a $833,000 investment into clubroot research. Together, RDAR, the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission awarded $1.25 million to Dr. Stephen Strelkov, professor of plant pathology at the University of Alberta, to lead an expert team in: breeding resistance into new crop varieties developing… Read More

Emergency use registration has been granted for an alternative insecticide — Carbine — to control lygus bugs in confection sunflowers fields in Manitoba. Carbine, which contains flonicamid as an active ingredient, will be registered for control of lygus bugs on confection sunflowers grown in the province from July 21, 2023 until July 20, 2024. Manitoba… Read More

Insect problems often come in cycles, waves, and even by stiff breezes. Knowing which pests are carried in, purposefully march in, or overwinter is key to determining when in the year to begin scouting and where to look. From sticky traps to sweep nets, the insect population in any crop is staggering. But not all… Read More

Growing a new crop can be tricky for a number of different reasons. There are so many unknowns, and at the end of the day, a farmer needs to know they will make a profit off the crop. Robyne Bowness Davidson, pulse specialist at Lakeland College, has been working with lupins for 20 years. The… Read More

If you’ve ever had a sunflower seed snack that left a terrible taste in your mouth, you can thank lygus bug for that. More commonly a pest of broadleaf crops, such as sunnies and canola, lygus made an early appearance in spring wheat this year in Manitoba. For this video, Kelvin Heppner asks entomologist with… Read More

Sclerotinia is predictably unpredictable. Always lurking but not always a problem, so making the call to protect canola flowers can be a tough one in dry years. To talk sclerotinia (also known as white mould of soybean and dry beans) prevention and management, special guest host Kelvin Heppner is joined by Jeanette Gaultier of BASF,… Read More

Early season pest pressure can be a huge drag on canola seedling survivability and producers’ pocket books. A seed treatment can be a useful tool in protecting tiny plants, and BASF is launching new treatment treatment stack options in the 2024 Invigor line up. Farmers growing InVigor hybrid canola likely noticed the shift in ’23… Read More

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

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

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

 

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