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YOUTH AG-SUMMIT:’Thought leaders’ consider farming’s future

Sustainability, leadership and innovation in agriculture guided four days of learning, debating and discussion among young “thought leaders” from 33 countries at this week’s Youth Ag-Summit. The event, held in Canberra, Australia from Aug. 24 to 27, and organized by Bayer CropScience and the Australian youth organization Future Farmers Network, was set up to build […] Read more

Alta. assessing crop damage, other Prairie crops progressing

Enough moisture, a bit too much moisture and way too much moisture — that was the picture that has emerged in recent days across the three Prairie provinces. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is continuing to assess how crop and livestock producers have been affected by dramatic flooding in the southeast part of that province. […] Read more

Little sign of aster yellows so far

Prairie pest specialists say that so far this year, there is little sign of the insect which spreads aster yellows, the disease which did widespread damage to canola last year. “South winds that carry aster leafhoppers from the southern U.S. arrived more than a month later in 2013 than in 2012. This is a factor […] Read more

Maple Leaf a takeover target: reports

The Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail are reporting that Canada’s Maple Leaf Foods is a potential takeover target for a number of international companies. The WSJ reported Wednesday that U.S. meat packing giant Smithfield Foods, in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, said it submitted an offer March 25 […] Read more

Manage risk when spraying canola in cooler weather

There’s no doubt warm sunny days during the application window generally make herbicides more effective, the Canola Council of Canada says. Cloudy days don’t provide the photosynthetic activity required for many herbicides, including Group 10 glufosinate. And nights near freezing, followed by days with highs that barely reach 10 C, won’t provide high metabolic activity […] Read more

Prairie seeding wrapping up rapidly

After a gruelling spring, Prairie grain growers have caught up. All three Prairie provinces are reporting virtual completion of seeding in their latest crop reports. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says 97 per cent of the crop is in the ground, which is in line with the long-term-average. Emergence is estimated at 63 per cent, […] Read more

Treat blackleg in canola if known to be trouble

Canola rowers should be using early-season fungicide applications against blackleg only if blackleg caused yield losses last season, the Canola Council of Canada warns. A number of factors increase blackleg risk, such as tight canola rotations, using the same variety in the rotation, yield losses from blackleg in previous years, and use of non-certified seed, […] Read more

Seeding progressing quickly in Man., Sask.

Seeding is still behind schedule, but grain growers throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan are getting the crop into the ground as quickly as possible. In Saskatchewan, the provincial agriculture ministry reports “great strides” were made in seeding progress in the past week, with 67 per cent of the 2013 crop now seeded, according to the province’s […] Read more

Prairie planting getting back on track

After an excruciatingly slow start to the seeding season, Prairie farmers are quickly getting the crop into the ground, according to the latest crop reports from the agriculture departments of all three provincial governments. In Alberta, weather conditions in the province during the last two weeks have been mainly warm, windy and dry, although some […] Read more