Category: CropWeek11

Dr. Theodor Friedrich – The Science of Conservation Agriculture

For many farmers conservations agriculture is like old hat.  Many of us would never consider going back to recreational tillage.  In many areas of the world conservation agriculture is in it’s infancy.  In fact many Canadian farmers are just beginning to scratch the surface of no-till and other conservation methods.  With increased focus on environmental… Read more »

David Bergen, GEN Manufacturing Discusses the Impact of Row Spacing on Opener Selection

There is a movement afoot in cereal growing world to push farmers to wider row spacing.  Some researchers say that this is a great way to prevent a covered canopy which will naturally minimize crop leaf disease while others are more skeptical. One of the skeptics is David Bergen from GEN Manufacturing.  GEN engineers openers… Read more »

Gary Moffat Discusses Spray Nozzle Technology

With the increased focus spraying fungicides and foliar application, nozzle technology is gaining increased attention. Whether its low pressure, high pressure, big droplet, small droplet, fan or cone, nozzle selection incredibly important to getting effective coverage and impact. At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon, Gary Moffat talked to me about nozzle technology and what kind of… Read more »

Vertical Tillage Helps Manage Moisture Levels Within the Soil

When I go to Farm shows and do booth interviews, one of my content decisions is looking at the booths that are gaining attention.  At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon one of the booths that was really busy was the Salford booth.  Many of our Eastern Canadian viewers will be very familiar with Salford while they… Read more »

Bruce Burnett, CWB Gives His 2011 Wheat and Durum Outlook

Much of the attention is being paid to corn, soybean and lentil pricing this winter. The forgotten sister has been wheat. In many cases wheat is not as sexy or doesn’t get people as crazy with market anticipation. The fact is that wheat is still an incredibly important component of Western Canadian rotations. Not just… Read more »

Deciphering the Canola Market with Mike Jubinville, ProFarmer Canada

All fall and winter, canola has been the talk of the farming community.  With speculation at one point that the acreage in Western Canada could balloon to as high as 22 million acres, farmers are eager to price the 2010 and 2011 crop properly.  With the realities of how wet eastern saskatchewan is going to… Read more »

Lyndsey Smith & Shaun Haney Recap CropWeek 2011

CropWeek in Saskatoon is always a very informative week long trip. There were some definite themes and highlights that everyone could pull from the event. With the farm show and all the grower meetings happening in one city in one week, there is plenty to discuss and talk about.  Whether its the good the bad… Read more »

Chuck Penner Talks About Lentil Pricing

Its not only a struggle to decide what to grow but also how to price the crop in this volatile pricing market.  With special crops price discovery is an even bigger challenge fro many producers.  With the poor growing conditions last year, lentil growers that got the crop off in a timely fashion and got… Read more »

The Benefits of Flexxifinger Crop Lifters

When farmers choose varieties one of the most common used criteria is stand ability. Sometimes crops lodge no matte what variety you choose due to late moisture, wind or above average weight of the crop. One of the tools that farmers are including on their combine headers is Flexxifinger crop lifters. At CropWeek 2011 in… Read more »

The Canadian Flax Industry Looks Ahead After Triffid – Dave Sefton, Saskflax

The Triffid flax export issue with Europe was a major story of 2010.  All stakeholders in the flax value chain were impacted with great severity.  Farmers couldn’t move inventory, prices plummeted, and exporters had cargo in limbo.  The finger pointing was intense as everyone searched for the reasons that the previously approved trait had worked… Read more »

Canada Resumes Exports of Canary Seed to Mexico – Gordon Bacon, Pulse Canada

Canary Seed is not a high acre crop in Western Canada but it has been in the news lately. Mexico and Canada have been in a real trade dispute which prevented Canada exports to enter Mexico. Mexico is Canada’s largest buyer of canary seed which has created a real disruption to the crop. It is… Read more »