Applying fungicides to pulses early is crucial, particularly with polycyclic diseases which can spread through the canopy quickly. Downy mildew is one of these polycyclic diseases, but it’s trickier than most to control due to a few factors, says Kan-Fa Chang, research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. Chang says limited fungicide options makes in-crop… Read More

There’s no denying the flax market tanked following the discovery of CDC Triffid in exports to Europe in 2009. The Flax Council of Canada set out a testing protocol for Triffid, but many farmers balked at the idea of sowing flax seed again. It’s been four years now —will we see a gradual shift back… Read More

According to Neil Harker, research assistant with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, wild oat management through herbicide application costs western Canadian producers around $500 million annually. Herbicide resistance in many weed biotypes is cropping up — resistance within wild oat populations has been nagging at farmers’ fields for years and is spreading. How can we combat… Read More

The Canadian Wheat Alliance was announced on May 16 and will provide $97M worth of funding over five years for wheat research. The effort will combine expertise from each of: the National Research Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. “Wheat research has lagged a bit,” says Lyle… Read More

BASF Canada today launched an online video series called “Conversations on Sustainability.” The videos feature conversations between five consumers paired with five farmers from both the Prairies and Ontario, and highlight some of the common questions and curiosities consumers have about modern agriculture in Canada. The series tackles questions about organic and conventional production, and… Read More

The Blackberry Playbook was delayed in coming to the market but the challenges have not ended there.  What is interesting is that the Playbook seems to be garnering the either “love it” or “hate it” feelings.  Some of the mainstream tech media has reported that it was released to quickly but from some of the… Read More

At first glance, Patrick Moore resembles more CEO than ecologist, but give him a topic like the opposition to genetically modified crops, and you get all the emotion you’d expect from someone who helped found Greenpeace. Moores involvement with Greenpeace started in the late 1960’s in opposition to nuclear testing and the arms race and… Read More

The business world has gone mobile. From the smartphone to the rise of the tablet and the advent of the cloud server, people want, and can get their information anywhere and anytime. Agriculture is no different. Long hours in the tractor can now be ( fortunately or unfortunately ) long hours at the office. Every… Read More

Mother nature is really proving that she does not have a sense of humour. We have drought in Peace River, very wet conditions in Saskatchewan and flooding in Manitoba. The weather adversity impacting canola growers across the west is extremely serious and could have significant implications for the total production in 2011.  For the farmers… Read More

This week the USDA report really smacked the commodity market into a downward spiral on Wednesday.  Most people said that the negative reaction was an over reaction but still it does wake some farmers up to the potential downward snap that this market can take.  As Jon Driedger, FarmLiunk Marketing discusses below, this is great… Read More

 

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