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Should carry-over soybean seed be used?

2019’s shoddy spring planting conditions left a record number of acres unseeded, meaning many growers have unused soybean seed from last year. Is it worth using the carry-over seed?

Good news for Canadian grains

After the prolonged rail blockades cleared, Canadian grain was in high demand as shippers tried to keep up with mills and governments sought to shore up staple reserves amid the pandemic.

Canadian farmland values continue to soften

The average value of Canadian farmland increased by 5.2 per cent in 2019, the smallest increase over the past decade, according to the latest Farm Credit Canada Farmland Values Report.

To squat or not to squat

Seeding time is almost here for Ontario. Heavy machines made heavier by loads of seed, sprays or fertilizer means increased risk of soil compaction. One way to combat this is to reduce air pressure in the tires.

Spring drying tips for high-moisture canola

The Canola Council of Canada put out some spring drying tips for high-moisture canola. With the advent of spring and warmer weather, moist canola in storage is a major problem.

Finding the right cover crop

There are no silver bullets for field crop weed control – it takes a toolbox. Studies examining the use of cover crops as a weed management tool demonstrate they can have impressive results when used as part of an integrated pest management program. Researchers at the University of Guelph are looking at how best to use cover crops, including choosing the right variety and where in a rotation they are most effective. » Learn more

Terrific malts with a Quebec terroir

Craft malthouses have been popping up across Quebec recently, shining a light on the unique properties of Quebec barley and playing a role in the province’s booming craft beer scene. From adding value to their crops, to increasing small community tourism, to an avenue for creative expression: these four malthouses all have slightly different goals, but their focus on using local barley connects them. » Learn more

Advances in extra-early soybeans

Growers in Quebec, northern Ontario, the Maritimes and the Prairies are interested in growing soybeans, but the shorter growing season requires varieties with very early maturity. Louise O’Donoughue of CÉROM in Quebec has focused on developing extra-early soybean varieties for the past decade. By examining the genes responsible for early maturity, she has developed 10 early maturing varieties with commercial potential. » Learn more

Plant growth regulators with Sheri Strydhorst & Amy Mangin

Sheri Strydhorst, agronomic research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Amy Mangin, PhD student at the University of Manitoba, discuss the nuances of plant growth regulators. » Read more...

Southwest Ag Conference wrap-up

This episode of Inputs features conversations on late-planted corn, the future of the seed industry in Canada, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Production Pundits session. » Read more...

Fungicides and spray technologies with Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf, spray application specialist and co-creator of Sprayers 101, talks about the importance of timing, best fungicide spray practices, and how to get the most out of your spray days. » Read more...