Field Crops
The Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is conducting its annual survey sampling grower corn fields to determine ear mould incidence and the occurence of mycotoxins in grain. 
Published in Diseases
Lemken has unveiled its newest compact disc harrow, the Rubin 10, completing the company's line of compact disc harrows. 
Published in Corporate News
Lawrence MacAuley, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced an investment of up to $11.1 million to the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Pulse Canada to support innovation and growth in the Canadian pulse sector.
Published in Corporate News
The research agronomy team from A&L Canada Laboratories based in London, Ont. developed and launched VitTellus Soil Health, a yield-correlated soil health test. The test and recommendation package aims to help farmers and crop consultants make more informed decisions on the application of nutrients and soil management.
Published in Soil
Producers who haven’t had a soil test in the last three years could be over-applying, under-applying or unnecessarily applying nutrients. In this week’s crop report, OMAFRA staff provide answers to common soil questions and cover the basics of soil sampling and soil test interpretation. | READ MORE
Published in Soil
Frost, with minimum temperatures of up to -6 C, has been recorded in northwest Alberta and most of the central Prairie provinces. 
Published in Agronomy
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Published in Traits & Stewardship
The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) is accepting nominations for one director and three regional representatives in Region 3, as well as the director-at-large position, which represents all five regions.
Published in Corporate News
A Brazilian court overturned an injunction banning products containing the popular weed-killer glyphosate on Sept. 3, 2018, knocking down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soy planting season set to begin this month. | READ MORE
Published in Corporate News
Since the early 1990s, blackleg resistant canola varieties have been available in Western Canada, and have helped to prevent yield losses caused by the main races of the pathogen, Leptosphaeria maculans. But the disease is on the rise due to a shift in the races of the pathogen that has resulted in the loss of resistance in some canola varieties in some fields.
Published in Canola
In Western Canada, wheat is the largest acreage cereal crop, however increasingly variable climate conditions and stresses such as drought can affect plant development, yield and profitability for growers. Researchers and plant breeders are looking for new tools and strategies to advance high yielding, more drought tolerant varieties of high quality wheat for growers.
Published in Plant Breeding
The recent identification of a new midge in Prairie canola crops has led researchers to revisit previous detections of what was thought to be swede midge. Boyd Mori, a research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in Saskatoon, thinks most of the suspected swede midge detections in Western Canada have likely been the new midge, which is closely related to swede midge. That’s good news, since swede midge can be a very serious canola pest, while this new midge seems to be much less harmful.
Published in Diseases
Cereal grains and other major food crops can become contaminated with mycotoxins, which are naturally occurring toxins produced by mold that grow in certain conditions. Some of the mycotoxins familiar to the grains industry include Ochratoxin A, Deoxynivalenol (DON) and others, which are not only regulatory and international trade concerns, but also potential health issues. Mycotoxins can develop at various crop stages, pre-harvest, harvest and in storage, but cannot be detected visually and have no taste or smell.
Published in Imports/Exports
“Our growing conditions in southern Saskatchewan are different than the traditional soybean growing areas, and even different from some of the soybean areas in Manitoba. We wanted to see if the seeding recommendations in Manitoba would work here,” Holzapfel says.
Published in Soybeans
Since the early 1970s, canaryseed has become established as an alternative cereal crop for Saskatchewan farmers. The province produces approximately 90 per cent of the canaryseed grown in Canada and about 65 per cent of the global supply of the crop, which is used to feed wild and caged birds the world over. Now, canaryseed was recently approved for human food use in Canada and the U.S., offering the potential for new opportunities for Saskatchewan producers.
Published in Cereals
As of July 31, Canada's total stocks of wheat and barley were down from the same date a year earlier, while stocks of canola, oats, dry peas and lentils increased, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada. 

Wheat
Total stocks of wheat were down 9.9 per cent to 6.2 million tonnes compared with July 31, 2017. The decline was due to a 22.5 per cent decrease in commercial stocks to 3.5 million tonnes. This was offset by a 15 per cent increase in on-farm stocks (+347,000 tonnes).

Despite lower production, higher wheat quality in 2017-2018 (as stated in the latest Canada: Outlook for Principal Field Crop, published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) compared with the previous year contributed to increased exports, which could have lowered commercial stocks.

Canola
At the national level, canola stocks were up 78.2 per cent to 2.4 million tonnes as of July 31, 2018. On-farm stocks, which are concentrated in the Prairie provinces, were behind the increase (+238.9 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes). Commercial stocks were 3.9 per cent higher compared with July 31, 2017, at 954,000 tonnes.

Canola production in 2017/2018 reached a record high 21.3 million tonnes, while deliveries were down compared with the previous crop year, pushing up total stocks as of July 31, 2018.

Dry peas and lentils
Overall stocks of lentils totalled 876,000 tonnes as of July 31, 2018, up 561,000 tonnes (+178.1 per cent) from the same date in 2017. The increase was due to higher farm stocks (+223.7 per cent). Meanwhile, total stocks of dry peas rose 116.7 per cent to 650 000 tonnes.

Increases as of July 31, 2018, could be attributable to higher import tariffs introduced by India. Exports of both dry peas and lentils as of July 31 were down substantially from the same date last year, with dry pea exports declining 21.1 per cent to 3.1 million tonnes and lentil exports falling 36.8 per cent to 1.6 million tonnes.

Barley
Total barley stocks were down 40.8 per cent to 1.3 million tonnes as of July 31. Stocks held on-farm, which accounted for 81.4 per cent of total stocks, fell 42.8 per cent to one million tonnes. Meanwhile, commercial stocks declined 30 per cent to 233,000 tonnes.

Oats
As of July 31, total stocks of oats were up 11.5 per cent to 784,000 tonnes year over year. Increases in both on-farm (+6.3 per cent) and commercial (+35.4 per cent) stock levels led to the overall rise.
Published in Markets
It’s the beginning of September and the growing season is on the final stretch. Perhaps you’re impatient and can’t wait until harvest to get an idea of what your corn yield is looking like. How do you come up with a pre-harvest corn yield estimate? And while you are out there, what else could you be looking at in your corn field? The OMAFRA Field Crop Team has tips in their latest Field Crop Report. | READ MORE
Published in Corn
The 2018 growing season had its challenges with a cool, wet spring followed by hot, dry weather during the critical grain fill period. The weather had a negative impact on yield for many while others were pleasantly surprised with yields pushing well over 100 bu/ac. So what did growers who fared better than others have in common even in a year with variable moisture? They made sure their winter wheat crop had the best start possible.
Published in Cereals
Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced up to$12.1 millionin funding to the Canola Council ofCanadaunder the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, AgriScience Clusters on Sept. 4. 
Published in Corporate News
OMAFRA staff share considerations for planting winter wheat in Ontario with growers in their latest crop report. 
Published in Seeding/Planting
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