Category: Momentum Tour ’14

Why Do You Love Working in Agriculture? What Keeps Industry Players Engaged

Even after the stresses of market crashes, unexpected weather events and disagreements in the workplace, there is a force that keeps so many of us involved in agriculture. Our passion can be driven by many factors: a love of the land, an appreciation for the outdoors, respect for flora and fauna or simply the hope… Read more »

Blackleg — Underestimated, Misdiagnosed and a Serious Threat to Canola

When it comes to diseases that rob canola yields, blackleg often doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Many farmers underestimate the significance of blackleg, says Bruce McKinnon, an agronomist with Dekalb in Alberta, in the video below. “Blackleg is a powerful disease that seems to be able to adapt to whatever we throw at it. As we’ve tightened… Read more »

The Crop Trait Approval Process — From Discovery, To Development, to Clearing Regulatory Hurdles

If ever you’ve heard anyone say that new agriculture and food traits aren’t regulated or tested, you’ll want them to watch the following interview. A key aspect of this year’s Momentum Tour, put on by Monsanto Canada, was the roll-out of two new crop traits — TruFlex canola and Xtend soybeans. Sharp-eyed readers will note… Read more »

Xtend Soybeans Provide Residual Herbicide Option for Western Canadian Farmers

There are at least two reasons why having an added herbicide tolerance gene built-in to a soybean variety makes sense — one, to make up for early season non-competitiveness of the crop, and, two, because of the increasing risk of glyphosate-tolerant weeds. To that end, Monsanto recently rolled out its soybean XTend trait — dicamba… Read more »

The TruFlex Trait — A Wider Spray Window, Improved Crop Safety & More Yield

It’s been a while since the Roundup Ready trait revolutionized growing canola for Western Canada. Monsanto Canada is looking to kick weed control up a notch yet again with the (eventual) introduction of the TruFlex Roundup Ready trait. Visitors to Monsanto’s Momentum Tour were treated to a first-hand look at how the TruFlex trait performed… Read more »

Tips for Ideal Canola Swath Timing & Common Pitfalls of Judging Maturity

Deciding when to start swathing canola can be one of the most difficult calls you make at harvest. Too early, and you give up yield potential, too late and you can risk big losses. Knowing your hybrids, recognizing ideal swath-timing colour change and verifying actual seed colour, not pod colour, change will all go a… Read more »

New Xtend Trait Allows for Residual Weed Control for Soybeans

There are at least two reasons why having an added herbicide tolerance gene built-in to a soybean variety makes sense — one, to make up for early season non-competitiveness of the crop, and, two, because of the increasing risk of glyphosate-tolerant weeds. To that end, Monsanto recently rolled out its soybean XTend trait — dicamba… Read more »