If Canada thistle is a headache in an annual cropping system, it’s a migraine in perennial crops, where control strategies tend to be expensive and rumours about what works and what doesn’t spread as quickly as the weed itself. Canada thistle is not only a prolific seed producer, it also proliferates through its creeping root… Read More

Purebred cattle breeders have relied on artificial insemination (AI) and estrus synchronization as a part of herd management for decades. That got me thinking — what’s stopping commercial breeders from doing the same? Time? Money? Aren’t these reasons we should be considering AI? In June, Travis Peardon, regional livestock specialist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of… Read More

If ever we needed a new curse word, let me humbly suggest kochia. If you thought it was tough to kill before, it’s quickly becoming even more difficult. As Clark Brenzil, provincial weed specialist with Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, explains, not only should kochia be taken off the label of every Group 2 herbicide, it’s… Read More

Early is best when it comes to catching any type of canola disease, especially one as potentially devastating as sclerotinia. Scouting your field early and regularly is important, but knowing when your field is vulnerable can also help you to employ preventative measures against sclerotinia. Prevention is the first line of defence against sclerotinia. If… Read More

Getting to know your field should start early. You can most effectively notice when something has gone wrong with your field if you are familiar with it. The benefit of starting that process early is that you can see things like crop establishment issues and other stresses on the plants that you might not be… Read More

 

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