We have no shortage of farmer led groups in Canada. Almost every crop has a growers association that represents their interests in Ottawa, tries to create demand for the commodity with end users and consumers, supports the agronomics of the crop and provides services to the members. Many times this can feel disjointed and does… Read More

Septoria can have a nasty impact on your wheat crop yield and overall plant health. Found across Canada, Septoria must be scouted prior to the flag leaf emerging. The disease favors wet windy conditions so the impact will be less in drier years.  Leaf disease can have major impact on your overall crop health because it… Read More

In more humid climates, powdery mildew can have a real negative impact on your wheat crop.  It is actually known as one of the easier diseases to spot but needs to be sprayed with fungicide to ensure proper control. In the below video chat with Luc Bourgeois, Research and Development at Bayer Crop Science Eastern… Read More

Across the country we continue to see winter like conditions. Corn has suffered significant frost damage in Ontario and farmers in the western provinces continue to battle snow drifts. In-climate whether sometimes forces farmers to crowd suggested spraying windows and gamble on the effectiveness of the product or risk unwanted damage to the crop itself…. Read More

It is easy to talk about seeding depth pre-planting but it is even more critical to review planting depth after emergence.  It is no different than any other business process.  PLAN – EXECUTE – REVIEW – IMPROVE – REPEAT THE CYCLE. The stand above ground tells only part of the story though.  You also need… Read More

No matter what crop you are growing, knowing the growth stage of the planst is integral to making the right decisions. Are you spraying herbicides or fungicides or applying growth regulators? Well timing is critical nd all of that timing is derived by the stage of the crop. Depending on where you farm in Canada… Read More

Durum is a crop that many Canadian wheat growers identify with and take pride in.  Canada is a major global supplier of high quality durum to the marketplace.  Many times we focus on the production and marketing of durum but not what happens at processing. I got a great opportunity while I was at CIGI… Read More

Last week we discussed the topic of fusarium.  Based on the popularity of this One of the frequent confusions is that there is actually a difference between fusarium and vomitoxin.   Some people do not understand that you can have fusarium without vomitoxin. Both are issues that are affecting farmers and their ability to market… Read More

Fusarium is an ugly monster that continues to rear its ugly head across North America.  Some areas are definitely worse than other but the impact is real.  With more tolerant wheat genetics coming every year, farmers are desperate to try and manage this disease in the most proactive ways that they can. Some of the… Read More

Coming out of the winter months, making sure that your winter wheat has an adequate amount of nitrogen is critical for achieving your yield objectives.  Making some nitrogen decision in the spring is critical and cannot be ignored by the grower. Based on where you farm, how you approach the topic will differ. Because of… Read More

Falling number is critical in the milling and baking process.  Most farmers hear about the falling number but I am sure that many do not realize what it means.  In this episode Russell McLaughlin from Palmerston Grain talks about why falling number is important and why they test for it at the elevator point. See… Read More

Want to know how to increase your spring wheat yield by 40%?  Looking for a way to spread out the seeding of your spring crops?  If you are in an area of Canada that is applicable to frost seeding the rewards can be high but it is definitely not a simple process. I talked to… Read More

Many times farmers think that once the wheat crop is harvested the pressure is off and it is time to relax.  A lot of things can go wrong inside the bin.  One of the troubles many people have is that they cannot see into the bin.  Ignoring the grain temperature, moisture and some other things… Read More