Artificial insemination (AI) is accepted by most producers in the purebred business, and increasingly by commercial producers as well. AI can offer the opportunity to use high quality, proven genetics at a price which is often more affordable than buying and keeping the natural sire. But the traditional method of heat detection has given producers… Read More

The numbers for the 2013 Ontario winter wheat crop are in. This year growers averaged 80.6 bu/ac of winter wheat. Not too shabby, however, according to Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, what may be coming down the pipe for the 2014 crop is even better. How much better? The trend… Read More

The Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association received $91, 205.00 from the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program in early 2012 to build agricultural apps designed for Canada’s prairie farmers. The results of this project are now being announced, with apps very near completion. This project will produce five agricultural apps for smartphones and tablets that will give producers… Read More

Lemken’s Heliodor (a compact disc harrow designed to clean up plowed ground) has been manufactured in Europe for over a decade, and has recently been introduced to North America to help with residue management and seedbed preparation. With a three-point hitch linkage available in up to 6m (20′) working widths, the Heliodor’s relatively light-weight means… Read More

Quite simply, agricultural spray adjuvants are chemicals added to a herbicide to improve its effectiveness. This is done by improving retention, deposition and/or absorption of the chemical. In the United States, adjuvants are largely unregulated. In Canada, adjuvants are regulated by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). This means that adjuvants must be proven to… Read More

Bayer CropScience, Ducks Unlimited Canada and Richardson International Limited announced the launch of the Western Winter Wheat Initiative during Western Canadian Crop Production Show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Monday. The Western Winter Wheat Initiative launch unveiled a brand sweet in its simplicity, coupled with a user-friendly site and a few changes to their still very interactive… Read More

New Holland is unveiling its new 2014 Speedrowers, replacing the H8000 series, including the 130, 200 and 240 models. The changes in the new series are wide-ranging, but not unlike most new models, there is a heavy focus on operator comfort and user-friendly features. See more: How do I know when to swath canola? Still… Read More

“It’s an atrocity to block the humanitarian gesture of improved nutrition,” says Kevin Folta, scientist and associate professor at the University of Florida, referring to opposition towards Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). We saw incredible public interest in food in 2013, with polarizing discussions often centred around biotechnology. Many, including Folta, argue the current debates are largely… Read More

Though we have yet to see prairie flax acres meet the pre-2009/pre-CDC Triffid-incident era, the purple flowers are making a steady return to our landscape. With this return comes an increasing interest in the plants agronomics. Typically seen as a fairly low input crop, flax certainly still requires nutrition and Chris Holzapfel, research manager at… Read More

We took the opportunity while at Canadian Western Agribition this year to find a different kind of farmer for our Talking to Farmers feature. It wasn’t hard to round up enough cowfolk to cover some of the basics of showing cattle. And, between being asked to be filmed and starting the interview, many of the cattle fitters… Read More

 

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