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If you see this don’t worry, the plant will grow out of it says Lionel Kaskiw, Manitoba Agriculture’s Farm Production Advisor based in Souris.

Blistering soybean leaves vs. cupping: the first isn’t a worry, the second is

Manitoba Agriculture’s Lionel Kaskiw is getting calls about dicamba drift

If you see what looks like blistering on soybean leaves don’t worry it’s not herbicide drift and the crop will grow out of it, says Lionel Kaskiw, Manitoba Agriculture’s Farm Production Advisor based in Souris. However, leaf cupping can be a sign of dicamba damage in soybeans that are not dicamba-tolerant, he said July 26

Field peas in Manitoba started off well (l), but in many cases disease, made worse by excessive rain, took its toll.

Lessons learned: Some advice on controlling disease in peas, wheat and barley next season

Too much rain and uneven crop staging made it difficult for farmers to apply fungicides at the optimum time

It’s been a tough year for farmers in southwest Manitoba, with disease hitting many field pea, spring wheat and barley crops hard. While it’s too late to do anything about it this year, there are things farmers can do to try to avoid the same problems in future years, says Lionel Kaskiw, a Manitoba Agriculture


Barley is often less susceptible to fusarium infections, but near-perfect conditions for a month this summer set the stage for trouble.

Fusarium damage present in some early-harvested western spring cereals

It’s too early for the Canadian Grain Commission to have a complete picture 
but downgrading is occurring

Fusarium head blight has damaged some of Western Canada’s early-harvested spring and durum wheat, but it’s too soon to know the full extent. Daryl Beswitherick, the Canadian Grain Commission’s (CGC) program manager for quality assurance standards and reinspection, said they’ve been seeing signs in the early results from their harvest sampling program. “It is definitely

This wheat was seeded three weeks ago, but hasn’t germinated. MDA’s Lionel Kaskiw says farmers shouldn’t plant too deeply trying to hit moisture, especially with small seeded crops such as canola and flax, because if the seed germinates it might not survive emergence or be weak.

Manitoba farmers hope for rainy May long

While most city folk are looking forward to a warm, sunny long weekend, many Manitoba farmers are praying for rain. In the meantime, farmers should avoid the temptation to seed deeply to reach moisture, according to Lionel Kaskiw, a Manitoba Department of Agriculture (MDA) farm production advisor based in Souris. ‘I still think if you

Camelina is a low-input oilseed that grows well in cool conditions and is capable of withstanding drought.

Camelina: A viable complementary crop

Boasting a short growing season, minimal input costs and drought tolerance, 
camelina may be a decent complementary option for Manitoba producers

There are a couple of bugs to work out, but the agronomics look good, especially in rotation with soybeans. If the market potential can be realized, camelina may become a bigger part of the crop mix in Western Canada. “The interesting thing about camelina from an agronomic point of view is that it is a


winter wheat roots

Hurry up and wait on your winter wheat crop

Get the nitrogen on now, but give the crop some time before deciding whether to keep or terminate it

Here’s some timely advice for winter wheat growers: hurry up and wait. First hurry up and apply the nitrogen the crop needs. Then wait before deciding to leave or rip the crop up because of winterkill. “As the weather gets warmer, winter wheat needs time to properly recover,” Paul Thoroughgood, regional agrologist for the Western

Swathed canola near Elphinstone awaits drier weather.  Photo: Laura Rance

Rain, rain go away

Recent rains and forecasts for more along with shorter days and cooler temperatures are delaying Manitoba’s harvest

Harvest is looking like spring — too wet. Most of agro-Manitoba received rain last week, and again over the long weekend with more was forecast for this week, prompting concerns about harvest delays and deteriorating grades. “I think everyone is pretty worried about this is affecting the quality of grain, especially wheat,” Keystone Agricultural Producers’

This filed of canola is at the 50 per cent bloom stage. The optimum time to apply a fungicide to protect canola from sclerotinia is at 20 to 30 per cent bloom, but it can be applied up to 50 per cent bloom. photo lionel kaskiw, mafrd

Tools to assess sclerotinia risk in canola

The risk was high last week, but it might not be this week

The sclerotinia risk was high in most of Manitoba last week, but it may have changed this week and the risk could be different a week from now, says Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (MAFRD) oilseed specialist Anastasia Kubinec. That’s why it pays farmers to assess the risk to their own canola crops before