There’s a new way to control gophers on the prairies, and it doesn’t require you to properly dispose of carcasses or clean up shells. It’s called RoCon and it’s a foaming rodenticide registered by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency for the control of Richardson’s ground squirrels and Norway rats. “We have two…main active ingredients. One’s our… Read More

As the list of herbicide-tolerance traits in soybeans grows, so does the risk of off-target herbicide applications. For many years, most soybeans in North America have been glyphosate-tolerant, with the exception in areas that grow conventional soybeans for the food market. But LibertyLink glufosinate-tolerant soybeans are being planted on some acres and Monsanto plans to roll… Read More

If there was a “celebrity” category for machinery, Versatile’s one-of-a-kind four-axle, articulated tractor might top the list. Nearly everyone who passed by it at Ag in Motion this week stopped to take or pose for a photo with “Big Roy.” As part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration, Versatile unveiled the fully-restored 600 horsepower machine… Read More

Soil microbes require carbon to grow. And they’re not picky where that carbon comes from. To demonstrate microbial activity as it relates to soil health, Manitoba Agriculture soil management specialist Marla Riekman and some colleagues buried what she calls “an indicator material” in various locations this spring. Their material of choice: cotton, specifically the soft,… Read More

“Herbicide layering” looks to be an effective approach to managing hard-to-control cleavers in pulses. As Eric Johnson, weed scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, explains in this Pulse School episode, herbicide layering is the application of different modes of action sequentially. It usually involves a pre-seed soil-applied herbicide, such as sulfentrazone, ethalflurolin or pyroxasulfone, ,… Read More

Pea aphids populations have been reaching problematic levels in some parts of the Prairies over the last few weeks. In this Pulse School episode, Dennis Lange, provincial pulse specialist in Manitoba, says they’re still a concern in some areas. “We’re at the stage where some of the later seeded pea fields are in the late flowering stage, pods… Read More

Rain, rain and more rain. Crops are flooded in parts of the Prairies. Ontario farm country has also received some glorious rain, as early wheat harvest yields look amazing. There’ve been a development in the Bayer-Monsanto situation, a new grain company with roots in Australia and Japan is building its first elevator in Western Canada,… Read More