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The challenging 2019 growing season underlined the need for an equipment line that gave farmers flexibility.

Keep your farm team in the loop

An agronomist can be a valuable resource when buying equipment

Should more farmers consult with their agronomist before they make equipment decisions? That was the topic posed to a panel at the Manitoba Agronomists Conference in Winnipeg last December that included a Manitoba farmer, a consulting agronomist and an agronomist with an equipment manufacturer. Jeff Strukoff, a professional agrologist with Bourgault Industries in Saskatchewan, said

Katherine Stanley (l) has been named as the Manitoba Organic Alliance’s first agronomist.

Manitoba Organic Alliance names agronomist

Katherine Stanley will take on the term position over the next year

Manitoba’s organic farmers now have an agronomist to call their own — even if it’s only for a year. The farmer organization the Manitoba Organic Alliance has teamed up with the University of Manitoba and the provincial Agriculture Department to create a one-year term position for an organic agronomist and Katherine Stanley has been named


A swarm of blackbirds takes flight.

Keep ditches mowed to keep birds moving

Blackbird flocks will reach maximum size near mid-September

If you want to save your sunflowers, you need to make sure the blackbirds don’t make them dinner. Lower acres this year have served to concentrate the blackbird flocks into smaller areas where they can do more damage, according to Daryl Rex, an agronomist with the National Sunflower Association of Canada. “I think it is

Agronomists, industry and government representatives attend the latest 4R Nutrient Stewardship training workshop in Brandon, Man., Feb. 23.

4R Nutrient Stewardship taking more to the web

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship initiative has expanded training modules, 
accreditation and data logging online

Manitoba’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship is heading online. The program, announced in 2013, is a shared undertaking by the Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Manitoba government and the Keystone Agricultural Producers. It aims to balance environmental and agricultural interests. Four years later, the initiative has expanded to encompass education and tracking online. Initially packaged exclusively through day-long accreditation workshops,

Manitoba Potato Production Days hosted a panel discussion on drones in Brandon on January 27. Dr. Ian MacRae (l to r), professor and extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota, Craig Linde, diversification specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, Trevor Thornton, president of Crop Care Consulting, Darren White, agronomist with Delta Ag Services.


Discussing drones

A panel of industry experts sheds some light on the drone 
landscape for producers interested in investing in the equipment

Interested in diving into the world of drones? Start small, a panel of agronomists told farmers attending Manitoba Potato Production Days Jan. 27. “I would suggest starting with a small piece of equipment,” said Trevor Thornton, president of Crop Care Consulting. “A lot of guys want something that they can keep in their truck and


What is that critter, and is it a good one or a bad one? An app being developed by AAFC and the U of M will be able to tell you.

App will identify bugs and outbreaks in real time

Farmers and agronomists sought for testing app that will allow reporting and tracking of insect outbreaks

Researchers at the University of Manitoba and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are developing a new app that will make it easier for farmers to practise integrated pest management (IPM). The free, user-friendly app, which should be available in 2018, incorporates three separate tools for pest identification, forecasting and crop management. The pest ID tool is

Wheat crops respond well to better management.

Some don’t like it hot — and that’s key to big wheat yields

Wheat growers should start thinking about frost seeding or 24-hour seeding 
shifts to get their crop in the ground as early as possible

It’s time to start treating wheat like it’s a “real crop,” says Ontario agronomist ‘Wheat Pete’ Johnson. “Wheat is the most responsive crop to management we grow, and yet it’s the crop that we manage the least,” Peter Johnson said at the Farming Smarter conference last month. “You just put it in the ground and

A new multigenic clubroot-resistant variety will be a boon for some canola growers, 
but it’s not ‘a saviour,’ says agronomist Dan Orchard.

New variety a milestone in the battle against clubroot

New canola variety has two resistant genes — but clubroot strains are quickly multiplying

A new canola variety resistant to multiple strains of clubroot will hit the market in time for spring seeding. But the new variety from Crop Production Services will only be available in limited quantities and a clubroot expert says growers can’t expect it to be “a saviour.” CPS Canada says the variety, Proven Seed PV


Jeffery Kostuik (centre), diversification specialist with Parkland Crop Diversification Foundation, demonstrated his SenseFly eBee fixed-wing drone at the Westman Agriculture Diversification Organization’s (WADO) field day in Melita on July 21.

Taking flight on crop surveillance

Drones offer farmers a number of options in monitoring fields 
but it still doesn’t beat boots on the ground

Far more complex than yesterday’s remote-control planes, the modern-day drone has a lot to offer today’s producer. “As far as data collection, these are really useful. We are figuring that we can make use of them for a number of things, including determining crop health and monitoring maturity,” said Jeffery Kostuik, diversification specialist with Parkland

Both the treated and untreated soybeans were planted May 25 at Oakville, Man. The untreated plot photographed June 23 is weedy while the plot sprayed pre-emergence with a glyphosate and dicamba tank mix was virtually weed free thanks in part to dicamba’s residual weed control. The treated soybeans had not received a second glyphosate treatment yet.

Tips on applying dicamba/glyphosate tank mix on Xtend soybeans

The implications of residual control, plus mitigating drift and sprayer cleanout

Roundup Ready Xtend soybeans, which can be safely sprayed with glyphosate and dicamba, offer many advantages, but there are several things to keep in mind when applying dicamba. Dicamba provides residual weed control — 14 days or even longer under certain conditions, Allan Froese, Monsanto’s technology development representative, said during a field day June 23.