Palmer amaranth could be the next glyphosate resistance weed problem for Ontario farmers. University of Arkansas weed scientist Jason Norsworthy calls it “pigweed on steroids.” Norsworthy, who first saw glyphosate-resistant palmer amaranth in Arkansas in 2006, says the weed can grow two to three inches a day after it reaches four inches tall. “You can… Read More

Over $1.8M Announced for Western Canada Sunflower Varietal Development

Fairfax, Manitoba – An over $1.8M contribution to the non-profit National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC) was announced today, by Member of Parliament Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris), on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the Honourable Ron Kostyshyn, Manitoba Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. The funding will support the development of new seed varieties and boost sunflower acreage… Read More

Tank mixing crop protection products has been an important practice for western Canadian agriculture for a very long time; it allows us to manage weed resistance, control grassy and broadleaf weeds in an efficient one-pass system, and possibly manage nutrition and disease at the same time. The downside is that the chemistries sometimes can be… Read More

A pre-seed burn down is often the first pass on a field. Some may overlook the importance of getting a strong burn-down, but in reality it can be a huge detriment if some components get overlooked. And if you’re going to do a job, you should do it well. Why does a pre-seed burn-down matter?… Read More

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has approved the registration of a 12 month recrop interval for canola and a 24 month recrop interval for lentils after use of Authority.  This means growers who used Authority in the spring of 2013 can plant canola in 2014 and lentils in 2015 on that land. “This label change… Read More

3 Things To Consider Before Tightening Canola Rotations

Earlier this month, the Canola Council of Canada rolled out its vision for the canola industry over the next decade or so. While the plan includes growth of the domestic and export markets, the plan has also sparked some discussion on tightening canola rotations. The Canola Council has shifted its canola rotation stance slightly —… Read More

Fall is a great time to get effective control of some nasty perennial and many winter annual weeds. Fall weed control is especially important ahead of — or shortly after — winter wheat planting. The reality is, however, that many farmers skip this weed control window. Just like skipping  a pre-plant burn-off in the spring… Read More

Harvest is a great time to choose next year’s canola variety, and not just because the seed booking season seems to start earlier and earlier each year. The yield monitor is one way to evaluate how varieties perform on your farm, and being wowed or disappointed might be the first step in selecting next year’s… Read More

The benefits of growing winter wheat are vast. In addition to providing an efficient use of both early and late-season moisture, winter wheat also creates habitat for upland birds, decreases soil erosion, reduces the need for pesticides (and also the selection pressure for herbicide-resistance in weed populations) and increases the diversity of a crop rotation. Still,… Read More

Pyroxasulfone: A Candidate for Wild Oat Control in Peas

Wild oat control is, like it or not, an increasingly costly issue in Western Canada. Not only is herbicide expensive (costing growers over $500 million annually), we are also seeing an increase in resistant wild oat populations. There are several fields with confirmed resistance to both Group 1 and Group 2 products. Farmers do and… Read More

Recently I have seen several different press releases on competitive companies deciding to share corn traits.  Most farmers look at these kinds of announcements and just flip the page to the next article without a second look.  Really you should take that second look and think about the impact on your farm in the future…. Read More

Want to try something new to burndown weeds before you plant cereals? Nufarm just registered GlyKamba herbicide, a premix of glyphosate and dicamba (hence the clever name). GlyKamba can be used in summerfallow or before planting wheat, barley, oats, or field corn. There is a pretty impressive list of weeds on the label, but if… Read More

 

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