Quality problems with this year’s durum crop in Italy and France, combined with the worst quality crop on record and lower yields in Canada, have resulted in skyrocketing prices for durum. Buyers are scrambling to find higher quality supplies for pasta production, says Neil Townsend, director of market research with CWB, in the interview below…. Read More

A creative and patient approach to marketing will be needed to maximize returns on the lower quality crop produced in Western Canada this year, suggests a farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. Poor weather during the growing season and at harvest has resulted in a wide range of downgrading factors, including fusarium, mildew, sprouting and frost…. Read More

The results are in. Wet weather early in the growing season and again during harvest took a toll on the quality of this year’s crop in Western Canada. Mildew is the most common downgrading factor in spring wheat this year, reports Daryl Beswitherick, Manager of Quality Assurance and Reinspection with the Canadian Grain Commission. “Last year,… Read More

The Manitoba and federal governments have announced $400,000 for a four-year feed wheat breeding project to be conducted by the farmer-run Western Feed Grain Development Co-op. According to a government news release, the focus of the project will be to “develop new feed wheat varieties that have characteristics such as high yield, flood tolerance, fusarium… Read More

It’s late September and Peter Johnson, cereal specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, can’t understand why a harvested pea field is bare. “This (pea field) is the ultimate place to plant wheat…this should have been planted two weeks ago!” Johnson adds that research proves planting winter wheat early results in… Read More

Challenges with getting this year’s canola crop off the field are shortening the window for seeding winter wheat. While canola stubble is the preferred seed bed for winter wheat, a delayed growing season and untimely rains over the last few weeks have resulted in canola harvest running later than normal in much of Western Canada…. Read More

The hazards to feeding livestock mycotoxin-contaminated feed seem to be on everyone’s radar, with some very recent issues of ergot poisoning occurring across the prairies. But perhaps some of the lesser communicated risks are those that endanger the health of the very people who work with these feeds. Related: The Feed Industry’s Challenge with Mycotoxins… Read More

Mycotoxins can have devastating results when consumed, and in the livestock industry, poisoning seems to be on the rise, with perhaps the riskiest feedstuffs containing screenings. And it’s no wonder, when manageable levels of alkaloids are not completely understood, a visual inspection can’t quantify toxicity, and policies governing the sale of mycotoxin-contaminated screenings have a long… Read More

A plant disease caused by the fungus Claviceps purpurea, ergot, is nothing new, nor is its affect on animals who consume it. In fact, humans who ingested the fungus in the middle ages were said to have a problem known as “St. Anthony’s fire,” whereby narrowing of blood vessels would occur, and would often lead to changes… Read More

Syngenta Canada has received approval for registration of Cruiser Maxx Potato Extreme seed treatment in Canada. This all-in-one, liquid pre-mix delivers a concentrated formulation for convenient use and provides reliable protection from seed-borne diseases and early-season insects, Syngenta says. “This new liquid pre-mix formulation provides growers with the ability to target both disease and insect… Read More

 

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