Entries by Taryn Dubreuil

The Value of Soil Testing

As the cropping season comes to an end, it is right to look back and give kudos to every partner who worked hard these past months to ensure we continue to produce high-quality food and feed; every partner – from the resilient farmer and his patient family to the persistent input supplier and the meticulous […]

Trick or Treat Your Seed

October is here, and as we’re out buying treats for the trick or treaters, it’s also time we start thinking about treats for our seeds. Seed treatment, that is. Fall to Winter is the optimal time to treat seed, as crops are being sold and the bins are emptying out, and it saves us time […]

Fall Cleanup

Harvest is well on its way in most areas of the province, which means there may be time left to do some fall work in the field. Adverse weather conditions add additional obstacles to get through when it comes to making management decisions be the most efficient and profitable as the season closes. We all […]

Ergot In Cereal Crops

Touring through our cereals this time of year, we may run into black growths in place of a kernel. These ugly plumes are ergot bodies, or sclerotia: a plant disease caused by the Claviceps purpurea fungus. With growing years like this one, with a beautiful mixture of heat and moisture, our crops are thriving, but […]

Fall Herbicide Application

From the cab of your combine, it is the perfect time to start thinking about next year’s crop. Fall herbicide applications can be a reliable way to help keep fields clean of those winter annual and perennial weeds that will be tough to control the following spring.  When determining to do a fall herbicide application, […]

Making Smart Harvest Marketing Decisions

Swathers, combines and grain carts have been pulled out of their hibernation.  There is a spattering of combines chewing up early crops already.  Harvest is just getting underway in parts of the prairies, and already grain marketing companies and media are estimating the cereal and oilseed harvest will be big.  Having a thought-out marketing plan […]

Considerations For Straight Cutting Canola

As we are coming into the harvest season here on the Western Canadian prairies, one of the questions that comes up frequently is whether or not to straight cut canola. Before we send our swathers to the auction block, there are a few things to take into consideration when it comes to straight cutting, and […]

Getting The Crop In The Bin

With harvest just around the corner, it is time to talk about the final steps and decisions that you are going to take to get the crop in the bin. You want to make sure you choose the option that will be the most efficient and practical for your operation. When it comes to pre-harvest, […]

Diamonds Are Not a Farmer’s Best Friend

The southern winds blew all spring and have left us wondering, “Did they bring the diamondback moths with them?” What Are Diamondback Moths? Diamondback moths are a pest on the Canadian Prairies, which migrate from the south to the north on the wind currents in the spring. They prefer brassica crops, which means on the […]

A Clean Sweep: Aphids in Pulses

July is when the prairies start to get a taste of what summer actually is: warm weather, thunderstorms, and bugs. In agriculture, these summer forces can make or break the crop year. Insects can be negative or positive, and in pulse crops, the insect of interest is aphids.  About Aphids These small, green pests overwinter […]