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Western Update – Spotting Herbicide Resistance, Cinderella-Crop Tantrums and Speaking Up Without Fear

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 Wheat School – Spotting Herbicide Resistant Wild Oats

Herbicide resistant wild oats are pretty easy to identify, says Neil Harker, a research scientist in weed ecology and crop management at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lacombe Research Centre.”You generally see them in patches. If you see [wild oats] in real straight lines, then you suspect a sprayer error, but if you just see them in little patches out there, you…can often assume – at least in Alberta – that they’re going to be resistant.”


  This Cinderella Crop is Beginning to Act Like a Real Princess
canolaIt’s rare to find a western Canadian farmer who doesn’t have a tale to tell of the roaring comebacks canola has made in a growing season. Sure, there have been some wrecks – wicked windstorms that flip swaths or hail that leaves nothing but sticks – but the “Cinderella crop” (you’ve heard the song, right?) has become a staple of western Canadian rotations for very good reason: the crop is resilient and consistently performs well.

Speaking Up Without Fear – Here’s to the Charlie Hebdo in us all
owenI’m a big proponent of farmers speaking out, of advocacy and of standing up to activists. It’s encouraging that Don McCabe, recently elected president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, said in his 2015 outlook address Friday that the federation’s advocacy role has never been more important. The same goes for beef producers. Their new national beef strategy, released earlier this week, includes a mandate to increase the number of future leaders that are able to speak and advocate on behalf Canada’s beef industry.

Jerry Wulf on Growing Your Cattle Business and Looking for the Win/Win

Wulf Cattle started in 1955 as a feeding operation and has evolved into a player in the seedstock business as well. Marketing more than 40, 000 head of value-added fed cattle annually, Wulf Cattle now owns feedyards in Minnesota, South Dakota and Nebraska, making it one of North America’s largest integrated beef companies. In the following interview, Shaun Haney talks to Wulf opportunities in the beef industry and the changes to the Wulf Cattle operation. 


Canola School – Bees & Beneficials – Defining Terms, Protecting Habitat and Recognizing Benefits
“Neonicotinoids,” “Colony Collapse Disorder,” “Varroa,” “Nosema”… Defining those colloquialisms (and others) was just one of the goals the Canola Council of Canada’s Gregory Sekulic had in mind when he presented “Buzzwords about Bees” at the Farming Smarter Conference in Medicine Hat. Sekulic wanted to clear the air on jargon that so often exacerbates misunderstanding. And although misinformation and misunderstandings certainly cause challenges, it isn’t all bad news in the bee industry. 

Created January 13, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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