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Corn School: Tiller development an indication of healthy fertility

Tillering corn may not offer the picturesque vision of a picket fence crop, but it isn’t all bad. Alana Serhan, market development agronomist with PRIDE Seeds, says it’s both a positive and a negative to see tillering. “Typically when you have the presence of tillers it means there’s a lot of nutrients available – a… […]

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POGA receives over $1.9M to develop new oat cultivars for Western Canada

Under the AgriScience program within the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) is set to receive $1,982,915 to improve oat varieties for the Canadian oat industry. “The breeding work being done in Brandon at the AAFC location would not be possible without the continued support of the Government of Canada and all… […]

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Wheat School: Checking the peduncle and kernel ahead of a pre-harvest glyphosate pass

Cooler temperatures across Western Canada have brought about some challenges — one of them being a delay in wheat maturity. Crops are at variable stages, even within a single field. Producers considering a pre-harvest glyphosate application on the wheat crop are faced with a tough call — some of the crop is ready, and some… […]

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Glyphosate a no-go on dry beans this fall

It’s not a safety issue, it’s a market access issue, but the outcome is the same: farmers in Ontario are being told that a pre-harvest application of glyphosate on dry beans is no-go this season. Several buyers in the province are letting farmers with contracted production know that they’ll have to find other harvest and… […]

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Manitoba Conservatives pledge 5% biodiesel fuel standard if re-elected

With just under two weeks left until the provincial election in Manitoba, the Progressive Conservative party has announced it would set the country’s highest biofuel requirements, if re-elected. Premier Brian Pallister says his government will increase the ethanol requirement in gasoline to 10 per cent and the biodiesel requirement from two to five per cent… […]

How to treat forages as a crop of value

When it comes to accessible data around forages, there isn’t much out there. That’s according to Grant Lastiwka with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry who spoke at AgSmart this year at Olds, Alberta. The forage extension specialist dubbed his talk to producers, “pasture and hayland Viagra” and his aim was to get producers excited about the data… […]

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Canola School: What to do with those variable-stage fields

For many parts of the Prairies, it’s been a challenging growing season — especially when it comes to canola. A late spring, high-speed winds, hail damage, and too late and then late moisture have made for canola fields that have numerous stages in the same field. Whether producers are swathing or straight-cutting their canola, they… […]

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Soybean School: Why August rain makes soybean yield

August rains make soybeans — it’s more than just a cliche, it’s a crop management fact that rings true whenever timely moisture finds soybean fields during a pivotal growing month for the oilseed crop. On the episode of the RealAgriculture Soybean School, AGRIS Co-operative senior agronomist Dale Cowan tells us why and how August rains… […]

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Not weird: Egg Farmers of Canada launch new national campaign to eat eggs anytime

Egg just for breakfast? That’s a thing of the past, according to a new national campaign by the Egg Farmers of Canada. In its new marketing platform the organization has created a funny spin on why “it’s not weird” to have eggs for lunch or dinner. “We want to reframe the way Canadians think about… […]

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Is dairy compensation “full” and “fair”?

Last week, the federal government announced it would be compensating supply-managed dairy producers $1.75 billion over eight years, for market losses expected through the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Much like many industry issues, there are divided opinions and viewpoints on the… […]