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Syngenta to halt Canadian cereal development operations

Seed and ag chem giant Syngenta plans to wrap up a decade of cereal seed research and development work in Canada by the end of the year. The company announced Wednesday it will discontinue its Canadian cereal seed research and development program effective at the end of calendar 2019, affecting five Syngenta Canada staff positions. […] Read more

Louis Dreyfus expects tough year on trade war, swine fever

Paris | Reuters — Agricultural commodity giant Louis Dreyfus warned on Monday that international trade tensions and a swine disease epidemic would continue to weigh on its activities in the rest of the year after pushing down first-half profit. The interim results reversed a rebound in group profits in the second half of last year […] Read more



14 steps to avoiding fusarium

Following these points is not a guarantee of freedom from fusarium, but it will reduce the amount of FHB in your fields. This could mean the difference between a marketable crop and a financial loss.



Tom Kilcer recommends triticale as a cover crop with high feed value, and says to manage it as a feed crop, not just a cover, using seed treatment and good seed.

Don’t call it ‘cover,’ call it ‘feed’

How sacrificing some silage yield can gain another six to 10 tons of forage per acre

Tom Kilcer says farmers are missing an opportunity to create greater value from cover crops by using them in a carefully planned winter forage system. He’s promoting a system that gives up some yield in corn silage planted after the winter forage in order to gain overall total yield over a whole growing season.  Kilcer,[...]
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Get the facts before spending big money on micronutrients

Think you might have a micronutrient deficiency in your fields? Take these four steps before spending any money on micronutrient fertilizer, says Ross McKenzie, who became the province’s best-known fertilizer authority during his lengthy career with the province.

Know how to identify these three seedling diseases

Seedling diseases can weaken cereals, leaving plants susceptible to other stresses, Brittney Kroeker told attendees at Bayer’s SeedGrowth Solutions Expo in Saskatoon this spring. Kroeker went through some of the top seedling diseases in cereals. Here are her tips for identifying three seedling disease in cereals.


VIDEO: Underground undies measuring the health of soil

Are you bold enough to soil your undies? The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC) is and it recently kicked off National Soil Conservation Week by burying several pairs of men’s cotton underwear up to the waistband. After 60 days in six inches of soil, what will it all mean? A healthy soil will show that the[...]
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Seven deadly sins of grain marketing

Brian Voth has been telling producers about the “seven deadly sins of grain marketing” for several years, and although the catchy title gets them through the door to listen to him, the advice they go away with is invaluable. “What I talk about is, essentially, how to make marketing plans by doing it in reverse,[...]
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