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Randy Dennis (l), the former chief grain inspector for Canada, demonstrates the ins and outs of grain grading at a workshop. The Canadian Grain Commission is reviewing the grading system. While some groups want to switch to instrument-measured specifications, others warn that could create problems.

Grain commission launches major grain grading system review

Views vary within the grain industry about what should stay, what should 
go and who’ll pay any extra costs

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is conducting a major review of grain grading. That’s prompting calls by some for specifications to replace grades, while others say they’ll consider changes if they don’t undermine the current system or cost too much. Read more: Column roils wheat grading controversy Read more: Grading system needed to ensure proper compensation

Late-season verticillium in canola appears as black peppering beneath the flaking outer surface of the stem.

Fall field scouting can highlight diseases

Verticillium and Goss’s wilt are both easily spotted near or after harvest

Field scouting doesn’t stop with the combine, but it does become more specific, according to Dr. Vikram Bisht, pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture. “Usually, to scout for soil-borne pathogens is not an easy thing because you have to do a lot of laboratory work, but if you have the pathogens which survive in the crop residue


Drought year predicts high crop insurance payouts

Our History: September 1980

Effects of the drought-stricken crop of 1980 dominated the front page of our September 11, 1980 issue. Manitoba Crop Insurance anticipated a possible payout of $100 million, its highest on record. Crops farther west had suffered less than in Manitoba, and Statistics Canada was forecasting a larger Prairie wheat crop than the previous year, but

Fusarium in wheat.

Beneficials on the rise against soybean aphids, root rot, fusarium in fields

Manitoba Insect & Disease Update for August 2

Diamondback moth continues to be a concern in some areas, although it is the pupa stage that is now dominant in some fields. Soybean aphids surpassed economic threshold in some fields. In some soybean fields natural enemy populations seem to be building in response to the soybean aphids. Bertha armyworms are being monitored, and high levels of larvae have

Weather conditions see crops quickly advance, disease, insect pressures low

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for July 24, 2017

Hot and humid weather conditions across much of the province are advancing crops quickly. Winter cereals and some early seeded spring cereals are starting to turn. Areas in the Southwest, Northwest and Central regions are well below normal precipitation and would benefit from rain. Thunderstorms brought damaging winds and hail to some areas of Manitoba.


Fusarium head blight risk maps

Fusarium head blight risk maps are posted daily courtesy of Manitoba Agriculture. During the winter wheat flowering period up to the end of the flowering period for spring wheat, these risk maps will be provided for you here. The map above shows the current risk for fusarium head blight development based on the previous seven days of temperature and

Diamondback moths near threshold for canola, root rot in soybeans reported

Manitoba Insect & Disease Update for July 5

Thistle caterpillar has been noted in some soybean and sunflower fields. Some levels of diamondback moth larvae approaching threshold have been noted in some canola fields in the southwest. There have been additional reports of suspected Phytophthora root rot in soybean. Growers in the western part of Manitoba are considering whether or not to make a fungicide application for

Warm temps make for good growth, crop insect and disease stress seen low

Manitoba Crop Report and Crop Weather report for July 4, 2017

Precipitation amounts are below average for much of the province. Crops in the Southwest Region and the western part of the Central region would benefit from moisture. Crops in most regions are in good to excellent condition. Warmer temperatures are improving growth of warm season crops. Insect and disease pressure remains low in field crops.


Early flowering is the best time to spray wheat with a fungicide to protect it from fusarium head blight but first assess how much risk of the crop being infected.

Heads up on fusarium head blight

Early flowering is the time to apply a prophylactic fungicide on wheat but first assess the field’s disease risk

It’s time to turn a weather eye on cereal crops for fusarium infections. Fusarium head blight damaged a lot of Manitoba spring wheat last year and farmers should be assessing this year’s risk from the fungal disease that can cut wheat quality and yield. Since wheat is most susceptible to fusarium infection at flowering, early

In-field effects: The seed planted in both wheat plots had 12 to 15 per cent fusarium infection, but the seed on the left was treated and the seed on the right was not.

Check the germ on that wheat seed

High fusarium infection means farmers should test and consider a seed treatment before planting

This is a seeding season where pre-planting testing of wheat seed is an important first step, and seed treatments may be more important than ever. With unprecedented levels of fusarium head blight infection in Manitoba wheat in 2016, farmers should get their wheat seed tested for germination, consider testing for the presence of pathogens and