Agronomy
A crop related research project will look at how to better manage the production of oats in Saskatchewan.

Northeast Agriculture Research Foundation (NARF), located at Melfort, received $80,255 in funding from the province’s Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) for the three-year study that will start this spring. Western Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission and Saskatchewan Oat Development Commission are also dedicating a combined $110,255 to the project.

Research manager Jessica Pratchler said specifically she will look at not just relying on fungicides for disease control in oats. For the full story, click here
Published in Harvesting
After 32 years of representing the interests of all agricultural and industrial flax interests, the Flax Council of Canada’s Executive Committee regrets to announce the closure of its office at 465-167 Lombard Avenue in Winnipeg, effective January 31, 2018.

The Flax Council of Canada will continue to operate on a reduced service basis.

The Flax Council of Canada is a national organization, funded by a voluntary export levy. Established in 1986, the Flax Council promotes the advancement of Canadian flax and flax products including nutritional and industrial uses in domestic and international markets.

“Over the course of the past year, the formation of a combined oilseed council was thoroughly discussed at the request of some of our members that contribute significant levy dollars to the Council. Through these discussions, it became apparent that the formation of an oilseed council would not materialize in the foreseeable future. The result of this is a significant loss of funding to the Council, necessitating cost reduction measures.”

Recognizing the importance of a national voice, further dialogue will be needed to see what opportunities may lay ahead as the flax industry decides the merit of a national organization.

The Flax Council played a key role in managing the aftermath following the detection of CDC Triffid seed in shipments to the EU, providing financial support to significant testing protocols in an effort to remove Triffid from the seed supply in Canada.

Since 2013, the Flax Council has managed more than 6.2 million dollars in research and market development programs with the support of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Manitoba Agriculture, Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture and both the Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission and Manitoba Flax Growers Association.

The Flax Council Executive and Board of Directors wishes to thank its staff who have worked hard and with professionalism for the flax industry during their time with the Flax Council of Canada. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
Published in Corporate News
Canola Performance Trial (CPT) results for 2017 are loaded into the online searchable database at canolaperformancetrials.ca. Canola growers can use this valuable online tool to finalize seed decisions for 2018.

CPTs compare leading canola varieties in small-plot and field-scale trials. With the tool, growers can filter results to province, season zone and herbicide-tolerance system. They can also search all varieties or do head-to-head comparisons of two or three varieties. With each search, days to maturity, height, lodging and yield results are provided in easy-to-compare graph format.

“What growers get from this site are independent, third-party data on new and familiar canola varieties – essential information in making variety choices,” says John Guelly, chair of the CPT Governance Committee.

The online tool also provides the option to compare varieties for a number of years. The CPT program has been running since 2011, and all data collected over the past seven years is available. For a compilation of 2011-16 data, the ‘Canola Variety Selection Guide: Featuring CPT Summary Data’ booklet is posted in the Trials Summaries section at canolaperformancetrials.ca.

CPT trials for 2017 also included field-scale comparisons of clubroot-resistant varieties and pod-shatter tolerant varieties in straight-combining trials. These results are available in the 2017 CPT data booklet, and will be added to the online database soon.

“I encourage growers to take some time over the winter to explore the site and read the summary booklets to make full use of all the work involved in generating this data,” says Guelly.

Alberta Canola, SaskCanola and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association funded the 2017 CPT program, along with contributions from the British Columbia Grain Producers Association. The Canola Council of Canada (CCC) delivers the program on their behalf.
Published in Canola
A look at some of the new soybean varieties available to growers for the 2018 planting season.
Published in Soybeans
A look at some of the new corn varieties available to growers for the 2018 planting season. 
Published in Corn
In an effort to investigate agronomic factors that could push soybean yields higher, research is being conducted to see if there is a yield response to starter nitrogen (N). In areas with high yield potential for soybean, some research has shown benefits to early season fertility N. But so far the results in Manitoba and Saskatchewan have found that with proper inoculation, starter N doesn’t pay.
Published in Soybeans
Few agricultural technologies capture people’s imaginations as much as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly known as drones. Since the first day a UAV looked down on a crop field, farmers have dreamed up a million ways that a bird’s eye view and remote access could improve agricultural operations.
Published in Precision Ag
Canadian lentil growers now have another tool in the fight against yield-robbing weeds. Focus herbicide has received registration for use in front of lentils for broad spectrum grass and broadleaf weed control, in addition to the current label on spring and winter wheat, corn and soybeans.

"This is a great addition to our Focus label," explains Paul Allen, product manager for FMC Canada. "Lentil growers are eager to have new actives as an option to address their weed concerns. FMC is excited to bring solutions to these growers which will enable them to maximize their lentil yield."

Focus has demonstrated high levels of activity on several species of weeds increasing in presence across the Prairies, including foxtail(s), downy brome and Japanese brome. Focus enhances resistance management with a novel Group 15 mode of action that provides residual activity on a broad spectrum of grassy and broadleaf weeds as well as a Group 14 herbicide that, when tank mixed with glyphosate, speeds up and assists in the burn-off of emerged broadleaf weeds. Focus is available as a liquid formulation offering ease of application and low use rates.

For more information on FMC Canada crop protection products, visit www.FMCcrop.ca.
Published in Pulses
Overshadowed by variable rate nitrogen (N), variable rate phosphate (P) is coming to the forefront to help farmers get the biggest bang for the fertilizer dollar, as soils on the Prairies continue to decline in P fertility.
Top Crop Manager is pleased to announce the next 10 winners of the Herbicide Resistance Summit Sweepstakes!

Throughout the month of December, we’re giving away 10 passes per week to the Herbicide Resistance Summit, to be held Feb. 27 and 28, 2018, in Saskatoon, Sask.

Congratulations to this week’s lucky winners:
  • Tom King
  • Jennifer Bogdan
  • Brianna Lummerding
  • Leon Cipywnyk
  • Monique Cousin
  • Allan Gifford
  • Greg Wieben
  • Dan Petker
  • Roxanne Stewart
  • Allen Price
Each week’s winners are determined on Friday by 4 p.m. (EDT) Winners will be notified via e-mail the following Monday before 5 p.m.

Be sure to enter every week before Dec. 22, 2017 for your chance to win the grand prize of two free passes and a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Saskatoon Downtown on Feb. 27! The grand prize winner will be announced Dec. 28.

Didn’t win this week? Click here to enter next week’s draw!

The Summit – which is approved for 5 CCA-CEUs and 7.5 CCSC-CEUs – will give you the opportunity to hear directly from leading researchers on key issues surrounding the challenges herbicide resistance poses to agricultural productivity in Canada.

For more information, visit https://www.weedsummit.ca/
Published in Corporate News
Plant-parasitic nematodes are hidden yield robbers. But research and monitoring efforts are helping to uncover their secrets. Plant pathologist Albert Tenuta conducted a survey of soil-dwelling nematode species in Ontario crops and his ongoing collaborative research looks to improve management strategies for these microscopic, worm-like pests.  
Published in Insect Pests
The highest recorded corn yield is 532 bushels per acre set by David Hula at Charles City, Virginia in 2015 in an annual contest conducted by the National Corn Growers Association in the United States. By comparison, the highest yield in 2016 in Manitoba Corn Growers Association’s annual yield contest was 274 bushels per acre (bu/ac) set by the Baker Colony at MacGregor, Man. Both impressive yields indeed, given growing conditions at those locations. But how can new corn growers reach those yields?
Published in Corn
"IDC [iron deficiency chlorosis] was much more of a concern [this year] than in previous years,” says Dennis Lange, pulse specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. Symptoms persisted for 14 to 21 days rather than 10 to 14 in typical years.
Published in Soybeans
New Holland announced that it has enabled wireless data transfer capabilities between its PLM Connect Precision Land Management system and six more major service providers, including popular farm management system, AgDNA.

With this newly introduced capability, users of PLM Connect will now have the ability share their agronomic data from their management portal directly to and from these third-party providers.

Depending on the services offered by the service provider, these producers may elect to share yield data, guidance line patterns and much more from any computer or tablet connected to the Internet. In return, the service providers can analyze the data provided by producers and send prescriptions and analysis as a result.

“Data is one of the most valuable commodities our customers have,” said Luke Zerby Brand marketing manager for New Holland. “Being able to effectively and quickly utilize that data can mean the difference between profit and loss. New Holland continues to add connections with third parties like these to ensure our producers have access to the resources they desire to optimize their operations.”

More information on the connected service providers is below:

AgDNA
AgDNA is a cloud-based mobile application and web platform designed to empower farmers with the ability to make informed decisions about their entire farming operation. The comprehensive enterprise-level farm management platform includes farm planning, inventory management, agronomic insights, equipment optimization and field level financial reports. AgDNA provides actionable insights to increase yield, lower operating costs and maximize farm profitability on every acre.

AgReliant Advantage Acre
Advantage Acre is a web-based digital platform from AgReliant Genetics that provides a comprehensive suite of technologies that bring together three foundational elements of farming: seed, soil and weather. The platform combines AgReliant Genetics’ expansive knowledge of its seed products with innovative functional soil mapping technology, advanced weather forecasting, variable rate planting and nitrogen recommendations to provide field-by-field, acre-by-acre seed recommendations that maximize yield potential. The platform allows farmers to record and access information to better plan for the season ahead, apply the plans they have created in-season, and assess their performance at the end of the year.

AgWorks
AgWorks, a provider of top-tier agronomy software tools for 25 years, offers AgOS, a comprehensive agronomy solution. AgOS connects operations, crop planning, scouting, mapping, compliance and grower access into one operational system to drive continuity, accuracy and efficiency. The company also offers a HighQ Analytics and Decision Support system to manage data and provide actionable reports that enable growers to make more profitable and environmentally sound decisions.

FieldReveal 
FieldReveal is a turnkey precision farming and data management system designed specifically for ag retailers to work with growers to maximize profitability by creating best management decisions across every acre. This is done by being built on a cloud-based software package with capabilities that include patented processes for VR fertility and seed management, multi-hybrid seed management, wireless transfer, and much more. With 15 years of experience, FieldReveal makes it easy for agronomists to help growers feel confident about each year’s crop input decisions.

GROWMARK 
FS Advanced Information Services (AIS) is a web-enabled and OnSite-connected platform that the GROWMARK System utilizes for site-specific recommendations, management, and analysis. GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative providing agronomy, energy, facility planning, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives.

I.F.A.R.M. 
I.F.A.R.M. (Information for Agricultural Resource Management) provides a customized cloud-based precision ag software for managing farm operations. Including data management, field mapping, data analysis, fertilizer applications / recs, zone management, and soil / plant-tissue work orders and dispatch. It currently serves retail fertilizer dealers, independent retail dealers, co-ops, consultant & agronomy groups, farm managers, growers, and ag educational facilities.

Zerby added that the brand planned to establish and announce a number of similar data sharing agreements throughout the year and beyond.

“New Holland is working diligently to add these data-sharing connections as part of our open architecture with PLM. More API’s will be added in an ordered based on impact for the NAFTA customer base.”

More information on New Holland can be found at www.newholland.com/na
Published in Corporate News
The Herbicide Resistance Summit is a bi-annual conference brought to you by Top Crop Manager (TCM) and a group of generous sponsors that aims to facilitate a more unified understanding of herbicide resistance and promote awareness that all industry members have a role to play in managing the growing threat of herbicide resistance.
Published in Herbicides
Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers’ website has been redesigned to make research results, On-Farm Network trial data and production information more accessible to Manitoba farmers.

Production resources, such as the Dry Bean Growth Staging Guide, are continually being developed and/or updated using the most current research.

Website visitors are now able to access all of MPSG’s On-Farm Network data, ensuring farmers have the opportunity to put the program’s applicable and relevant results to work on their farms. Farmers can search the entire Network and single-site reports by trial type, region and/or crop type.

For more information, visit: www.manitobapulse.ca
Published in Corporate News
Top Crop Manager is pleased to announce the first 10 winners of the Herbicide Resistance Summit Sweepstakes!

Throughout the month of December, we’re giving away 10 passes per week to the Herbicide Resistance Summit, to be held Feb. 27 and 28, 2018, in Saskatoon, Sask.

Congratulations to this week’s lucky winners:
  • Kelly Volsky
  • François Tardif
  • Kris Malenchak
  • Neil Beauchamp
  • Bruce Elke
  • Jeff DeHaan
  • Warren Baxter
  • Hai Ying Yuan
  • Bob Chubb
  • Vanessa Jensen
Each week’s winners are determined on Friday by 4 p.m. (EDT) Winners will be notified via e-mail the following Monday before 5 p.m.

Be sure to enter every week before Dec. 22, 2017 for your chance to win the grand prize of two free passes and a one-night stay at the Holiday Inn Saskatoon Downtown on Feb. 27! The grand prize winner will be announced Dec. 28.

Didn’t win this week? Click here to enter next week’s draw!

The Summit – which is approved for 5 CCA-CEUs and 7.5 CCSC-CEUs – will give you the opportunity to hear directly from leading researchers on key issues surrounding the challenges herbicide resistance poses to agricultural productivity in Canada.

For more information, visit https://www.weedsummit.ca/
Published in Corporate News
In the Peace River region where production of creeping red fescue, alsike clover and red clover has been a mainstay for many farmers, tighter canola rotations have gradually displaced forage seed production. While this threatens the sustainability of the seed industry, more intense canola rotations may be costing farmers profit as well. That is the finding of a crop rotation study conducted by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) at Beaverlodge, Alta.  
Published in Other Crops
Alireza Navabi is amazed by the wide adaptability of wheat across the world.
Published in Cereals
James Fletcher was a self-educated naturalist who transformed Canada's approach to economic entomology. Over several decades he was able to help Canadian farmers, fruit growers and gardeners better understand the impacts of both beneficial and harmful insects to their crops and businesses.

In early November, Catherine McKenna, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, as well as the Member of Parliament for Ottawa-Centre, commemorated the importance of James Fletcher as a person of national historic significance.

Through his extensive travels across Canada, Fletcher collected plant and insect specimens for identification and established a national network of farmers and gardeners who reported on harmful weeds and insects in their region. For the full story, click here
Published in Corporate News
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