Category: Crop Schools

Canola School: Scout for blackleg at harvest

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 28, 2017

The canola pods are almost done filling, if not at full maturity, in many areas of the prairies, and harvest is beginning. We often think of scouting...Read more »

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Canola School: Pre-harvest options for your canola crop

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 24, 2017

It’s the time of year when many producers are thinking about swathing, or looking forward to desiccating and straight cutting their canola crop....Read more »

Corn School: Could 2017 be another vomitoxin year?

By: Bernard Tobin

August 23, 2017

Japanese beetles feeding on corn at Ridgetown, Ontario.

A late-maturing crop, difficult environmental conditions, significant insect pressure and potential for late-season leaf disease…although too early...Read more »

Soybean School: Taking a closer look at soybean aphid thresholds

By: Kelvin Heppner

August 18, 2017

The combination of increased soybean acres and high soybean aphid pressure on the prairies in 2017 has sparked conversations about thresholds,...Read more »

Wheat School: ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers — Shawn Schill

By: Bernard Tobin

August 18, 2017

Not often do you hear of wheat outyielding corn, but that’s the case in our latest episode in the ‘Real’ Wheat Farmers series. RealAgriculture...Read more »

Soybean School: Preventing those yellow patches next year

By: Kelvin Heppner

August 15, 2017

Most of the yellow patches in soybean fields in Western Canada and the northern U.S. have disappeared as the plants have recovered, or turned...Read more »

Soybean School: One-pass vs. two-pass weed control

By: Bernard Tobin

August 14, 2017

OMAFRA’s Mike Cowbrough compares weed control in two fields at the Elora Research Station.

Should you spray your soybeans once or twice? In this episode of Real Agriculture Soybean School, OMAFRA weed specialist Mike Cowbrough takes a look...Read more »

Pulse School: Avoiding bleaching in peas

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 11, 2017

With pea and lentil harvest underway, the question on the forefront of many growers’ minds — what is the quality of my crop that’s coming off?...Read more »

Pulse School: CGC urges growers to submit harvest samples

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 9, 2017

Harvest samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission.

When marketing your peas, lentils, or any other crop, it can be helpful to have a third-party assessment showing the grade, protein content and other...Read more »

Canola School: Comparing vacuum planter and air seeder results

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 8, 2017

The ability to precisely place individual seeds in a row, as with corn or soybeans, has led some canola growers to switch from air seeders to vacuum...Read more »

Wheat School: Stripe rust here to stay, but help is on the way

By: Bernard Tobin

August 8, 2017

Stripe rust was back in Ontario wheat fields again in 2017. This year the presence of the disease was first confirmed in Essex County by AGRIS...Read more »

Wheat School: Putting a value on the “unpaid army”

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 4, 2017

Beneficial insects provide free labour in the field, preying on insect pests, but what is that labour worth? Because we don’t know the economic...Read more »

Canola School: Considerations for straight cutting as acres surge

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 3, 2017

“15 to 20 years ago it made me nervous to drive past a canola field waiting to be straight cut. But now…our genetics have improved, our ability...Read more »

Canola School: Looking at drift in a different way

By: Kara Oosterhuis

July 31, 2017

When we think of sprayer drift, we usually associate it with wind, but there are other environmental factors that influence where droplets end up....Read more »

Canola School: Following the smooth side — a tip for assessing maturity

By: Kara Oosterhuis

July 28, 2017

When it comes to assessing canola maturity at this time of eyar, it can be tricky to see what’s what, especially when it comes to a thick canola...Read more »