Research and Innovation
Proper crop rotation beneficial for weed control
A recent poll conducted by Ipsos Reid suggests that 98 percent of Canadian growers believe that crop rotation is an effective weed management strategy. While an overwhelming majority agree with the strategy in theory, many growers do not follow recommended rotation guidelines. In fact, the poll shows that only one in three growers rotate their canola crop according to agronomists’ recommendations.
Managing herbicide resistance in Western Canada
BASF Knowledge Harvest 2015 will continue to educate growers on herbicide resistance and dig deeper into management techniques
According to weed science expert, Dr. Linda Hall growers in Western Canada have heard a lot about the spread of glyphosate resistance in recent years but can expect to hear a lot more, especially if they aren’t following proper management techniques.
Growing a successful soybean crop in western Canada
Knowledge Harvest 2015 will look closer at how biological and inoculant products increase nodulation and root growth and showcase new products
This year, Canadian soybean area could reach record highs according to Statistics Canada’s June Farm report. The report stated that for the sixth consecutive year, soybean area could potentially rise 23.5 percent from 2013 to 5.6 million acres. Final production numbers will be reported later this year.
Maximizing yield potential: the science behind BASF fungicides
Knowledge Harvest 2015 will look closer at fungicide applications/timing and learn about a new disease heading to Canada.
According to a study by Canola Council of Canada in 2013, Canadian-grown canola contributes $19.3 billion to the Canadian economy each year, including more than 249,000 Canadian jobs and $12.5 billion in wages. For a grower, protecting that investment is more important than ever.
National Patient Survey Shows Concerns about Access to Medicines in Canada
Toronto, ON (Sept 23, 2014): Santis Health released findings of its national survey of Canadian patient and disease-focused organizations. The survey polled 26 organizations and showed that patient groups have significant concerns with the access to public drugs in Canada.
Post-harvest scouting in canola
Over the last few years, various public disease surveys show an increase in the incidence and severity of the canola disease blackleg across Western Canada. According to the Canola Council of Canada, blackleg was the most damaging canola disease throughout the 1980s and early 1990s and if it is not managed carefully, blackleg can cause significant yield losses.
Growers with unseeded acres need to consider weed control options
Growers across the West have been faced with a number challenges this season that have left many acres unseeded. Cold, wet conditions this spring followed by devastating summer hail storms and flooding have taken millions of acres out of production.
Using multiple modes of action when controlling weeds on chemfallow fields will be extremely important as affected growers try to put this season behind them and prepare for next year.
Affected growers will need to think about how to best manage those acres since weed control will be a key concern as preparations for next year begin. Weed management strategies such as chemfallow, pre-harvest and post-harvest applications should be considered as a part of weed management practice.
Protecting corn against northern leaf blight
Northern corn leaf blight, a common yield-robbing fungal leaf disease south of the border, is becoming more common in corn fields throughout Ontario. As the disease develops, it blocks the flow of nutrients from the leaves throughout the crop, ultimately affecting grain quality and yields.
With the wet spring in Ontario this year, crop staging is variable throughout the province. In some areas, growers were able to get their crop in on time, but many acres were planted late.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, with funding from the Ontario Seed Corn Growers and the Grain Farmers of Ontario through Growing Forward, have been following different corn diseases for the past 15 years.
Demand for food-grade level soybeans increasing
Soybean growers must ensure they grow, scout, and manage their crops according to the detailed requirements of buying companies.
The 2014 season has seen record high soybean acres planted across Canada, including a significant increase in non-GMO soybeans in Eastern Canada. With Eastern Canadian growers expanding their share of soybeans into the food-grade market, growers will need to deliver high-quality soybeans at the international level.
Op-ed - Canada’s skills gap: Getting beyond the rhetoric
Beyond the rhetoric: Getting to real solutions for Canada’s skills challenges
Just because Canada may need more plumbers or welders doesn’t mean it needs fewer university grads.
By Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
It has been encouraging to see leaders in government, industry and education gather at two recent skills summits, in Toronto and Charlottetown, to try to reimagine the future of skills development in Canada and set us on a better path to prosperity.