Category: Pests

Blackleg risks, management, and a yield loss calculator

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

January 30, 2018

There’s this thing about nature — it adapts. Many canola growers are getting a real taste of this in recent years by a slow but steady resurgence...Read more »

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Soybean School: Investment needed to fend off nematodes

By: Bernard Tobin

January 8, 2018

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the leading cause of yield loss for the oilseed crop across North America. And unless a new source of resistance is...Read more »

Canola School: Identifying the new mystery midge

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

December 21, 2017

“Bottle”-shaped, galled flowers, which do not produce pods or seeds, are a known confirmed symptom of damage caused by this newly-found midge species (courtesy Dr. Boyd Mori, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

Researchers with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are in the process of identifying and describing a tiny midge species that was first confirmed in...Read more »

Concerns about canola-on-canola acres rising

By: Shaun Haney

December 12, 2017

As farmers finalize and consider their crop decisions for 2018 with a lot more detail, there are some developing conversations that are creating a...Read more »

Canola School: Should I be booking a clubroot-resistant variety?

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

December 11, 2017

As clubroot disease spreads in Western Canadian soil, growers who have yet to see symptoms in their fields have a decision to make: when should they...Read more »

Toxins in the feed — Identifying and managing mycotoxins

By: Debra Murphy

November 23, 2017

Beyond cereal crops, ergot can also be found in forage grasses like orchard grass, brome grass, bluegrass and others.

We often focus our efforts on what to add to a total mixed ration in order to offer our animals the highest plane of nutrition necessary for their...Read more »

Soybean School: Reducing residue could fend off sudden death

By: Bernard Tobin

October 10, 2017

When it comes to integrated disease management, experts have always considered corn a non-host for diseases like sudden death syndrome (SDS) in...Read more »

Clubroot confirmed in northwest Saskatchewan

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

August 28, 2017

SaskCanola is letting canola growers in the northwest part of the province know clubroot disease has been found at high levels in the region....Read more »

Clubroot found in Alberta’s Peace region

By: RealAgriculture Agronomy Team

August 23, 2017

Alberta’s Peace region has taken flack over the years for its tight canola rotations. The snow-canola-snow rotation was once a laughing matter, but...Read more »

Pulse School: Lygus bugs in fababeans

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 18, 2017

Lygus bugs are known for attacking canola, alfalfa and sunflowers (you can probably blame the lygus for that gross seed), but they can also be a...Read more »

Canola School: Weather aids arrival of diamondback moths

By: Kara Oosterhuis

August 11, 2017

Numbers of diamondback moths have increased in Western Canada over the past couple of weeks, in part due to the dry weather and strong winds. In some...Read more »

Watch for these weedy invaders in Ontario

By: Bernard Tobin

July 10, 2017

Scouring rush is a leafless, green bamboo-like plant that’s been migrating into Ontario row crops such as soybeans. Photo: Kristen Obeid

You’ve probably seen and heard reports of the impact invasive weeds like waterhemp and palmer amaranth could have on Ontario crops. While these two...Read more »

Wheat School: A new tool for assessing fusarium head blight risk

By: Kara Oosterhuis

July 6, 2017

A screenshot from the new fusarium risk management tool.

Fusarium, fusarium, fusarium. It’s certainly on many minds right now, with fungicide season underway and all too fresh memories of...Read more »

Canola School: Making the call on when to spray for sclerotinia

By: Kara Oosterhuis

July 5, 2017

Courtesy of Michael Harding

When you see the stem rot in the field, it’s too late. And that’s just one of the reasons why managing sclerotinia is a challenge, as exerienced...Read more »

Pulse School: It’s time to scout for ascochyta

By: Kara Oosterhuis

June 30, 2017

When it comes to economic impact, ascochyta — also referred to as mycosphaerella blight — is a serious concern in peas, lentils and chickpeas. In...Read more »