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July 9, 2015
FEATURED NEWS: Flax acres slowly rebuilding
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Monitoring for wheat midge

Early to mid-July is normally the peak period for wheat midge emergence in Saskatchewan. Last year’s above-average moisture conditions have favoured wheat midge, resulting in several localized areas of high populations of this insect pest in some regions of the province. >> Read full article

Fusarium graminearum fungicide application control option

Recent surveys indicate Fg is established in southern Alberta, and traces are present in central and northern regions of the province. But Fg can be effectively controlled under normal conditions using a combination of disease prevention strategies throughout the growing season. >> Read full article

Some crop lodging in Manitoba

Over the past weekend, areas of Manitoba saw thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, strong winds, and in some cases hail. Crop lodging occurred, particularly in spring cereals and corn. >> Read full article

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Flax acres slowly rebuilding

If 1956 was the glory year for flax with over three million acres sown in Western Canada, then 2011-2012 was the bottom of the barrel with only 398,900 acres seeded. The year 2009, of course, was the year of Triffid, when European officials found genetically modified material in two loads of Canadian flax. The material was identified as a gene from CDC Triffid, a variety developed in the 1980s and 1990s, but never commercially sold. Somehow the gene made its way into commercial seed production, and when detected, flax exports to Europe were shut down. Flax prices went into free-fall, as the EU market is the biggest importer in the world, and accounted for over 65 per cent of Canadian flax exports before Triffid. Since then, the Canadian flax pedigreed seed industry has rebooted flax seed purity from the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. >> Learn More…

 
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Feeding Crops to Feed the World: 2015 International Stewardship Symposium

July 14-15, 2015
Location: Calgary, AB >> More Info

Medicine Hat Field Day

July 16-22, 2015
Location: Farming Smarter Cypress Site, Medicine Hat, AB >> More Info

Canadian Simmental Convention

July 30-Aug. 2, 2015
Location: Lindsay, ON >> More Info