Desiccants
Most lentil producers in Western Canada use pre-harvest desiccants in lentil for two reasons: to speed up crop dry down, which helps with ease and efficiency of harvest, and to achieve perennial weed control going into the next growing season.
May 27, 2016, Ontario – Corn planting is nearly complete in Ontario, and soybean planting isn't far behind, according to the latest field crop report from OMAFRA.  CornPlanted acreage across the province is at about 90 per cent complete, with exception of some of the heavier soils in Essex and…
Field surveys across Western Canada are showing an increase in the presence of cleavers. Generally, the vast majority of populations have been identified in Saskatchewan; however in the 2010 weed survey in Alberta, cleavers ranked as the number three weed in canola and number one weed in pulses. Cleavers are…
Apr. 14, 2016 - Lentil acres continue to expand across fields throughout Western Canada thanks to increased prices and demand from export markets. In fact, according to Dr. Bert Vandenberg from the University of Saskatchewan Department of Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre, "growers in Western Canada now supply half of…
March 14, 2016, Ontario – Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA weed specilaist, discusses the strengths and weaknessness of two "new" herbicides for 2016 in his podcast. | READ MORE
Reducing potential yield losses at harvest, particularly from pre-harvest shattering and pod drop losses, is a priority when harvesting canola. Whether straight combining or swathing, timing of harvest is proving to be one of the most important factors in reducing the risk and magnitude of yield losses. Researchers at the…
Sept. 1, 2015, Mississauga, ON - According to a recent poll conducted by FarmShift on behalf of BASF Canada, the number of growers straight cutting canola in Western Canada rose by 50 percent from 2013 to the 2014 harvest season. The poll included a sample of 400 growers from across…
Aug. 24, 2015 - The environmental conditions in 2015 have resulted in many fields having two or more growth stages present. Proper management of these fields will help ensure an efficient harvest. "Many areas of the province have been subject to adverse growing conditions in 2015," says Mark Cutts, crop…
Canada has seen tremendous growth in lentil production as lentil consumption has soared over the last few years. According to Bert Vandenberg, University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Department, Crop Development Centre, world lentil consumption has gone up four to five times relative to the human population. Lentil production in Saskatchewan…
Since the widespread adoption of both Roundup Ready (RR) corn and RR canola, growers have been struggling with controlling volunteers. Until 2015, controlling RR volunteer canola in RR corn was possible, but with some potential crop tolerance issues. From 2011 to 2013, Wilt Billing, agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, looked at…
Volunteer canola is becoming a bigger weed management challenge for canola growers, particularly where high frequency rotations are in place. Recent weed surveys in Saskatchewan show volunteer canola has moved up on the list of most common weeds, from the low 30s in the 1980s to number 14 and higher…
A problem perennial weed in many cropping systems, Canada thistle, has consistently ranked in the top five weeds in the Canadian Prairies in relative abundance. To optimize perennial broadleaf weed control, herbicide selection and use must be co-ordinated with crop rotations and cropping practices over the long term. Researchers with…
Easy to grow. Easy to harvest. Nitrogen-fixing pulse crop. What’s not to like about growing fababeans? That’s why farmers on the Prairies are catching on. “There was a big acreage increase in 2014,” says Mark Olson, unit head, pulse crops with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (AARD) at Stony Plain,…
The cleavers weed challenge continues to be a particularly sticky issue on soils with greater than six per cent organic matter. Cleavers are widespread in the Black soil zone, and a growing Group 2 resistance problem is particularly challenging for pea growers. Traditionally, cleavers were easily controlled in peas with…
November 7, 2014 - Ontario has several weed species with herbicide resistance, but the ones with glyphosate resistance (GR) are a special challenge because of glyphosate’s pivotal role in the production systems on many farms. As well, some GR weeds have developed resistance to other herbicides, making the control challenge…
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