GFM Network News


Treat blackleg in canola if known to be trouble

Canola rowers should be using early-season fungicide applications against blackleg only if blackleg caused yield losses last season, the Canola Council of Canada warns. A number of factors increase blackleg risk, such as tight canola rotations, using the same variety in the rotation, yield losses from blackleg in previous years, and use of non-certified seed, […] Read more

Seeding progressing quickly in Man., Sask.

Seeding is still behind schedule, but grain growers throughout Manitoba and Saskatchewan are getting the crop into the ground as quickly as possible. In Saskatchewan, the provincial agriculture ministry reports “great strides” were made in seeding progress in the past week, with 67 per cent of the 2013 crop now seeded, according to the province’s […] Read more


Prairie planting getting back on track

After an excruciatingly slow start to the seeding season, Prairie farmers are quickly getting the crop into the ground, according to the latest crop reports from the agriculture departments of all three provincial governments. In Alberta, weather conditions in the province during the last two weeks have been mainly warm, windy and dry, although some […] Read more

Roughage tolerances set for rye, triticale exports

The Canadian Grain Commission, at the recommendation of a pair of industry committees, is introducing new roughage tolerances for exports of triticale and rye shipments. On July 1, new tolerances for exports of Canadian triticale take effect in Eastern Canada. On Aug. 1, new roughage tolerances for exports of Canadian rye and triticale take effect […] Read more


Watch skies for signs of leaf spot diseases in wheat

Provincial ag extension staff in Alberta are reminding wheat growers they’ve got plenty of economic reasons to keep a weather eye out for signs of leaf spot disease. Leaf spot diseases can decrease wheat yield by up to 20 per cent or more, as well as diminish kernel weight and in some cases reduce grade. […] Read more

Soil moisture seen varied across Alberta

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development staff say late fall and early spring conditions have caused some unusual and quite varied soil moisture levels across the province. North of Red Deer, many areas saw snow packs persisting well into April. Much of the province experienced a cold April that has been seen fewer than half a […] Read more


Que. renderer’s biomass boiler to cut disposal costs

A rendering plant’s biomass boiler at Levis, Que., funded in part by a $7.7 million federal loan, has officially opened for use. Local MP Jacques Gourde recently touted the new boiler at the Sanimax rendering facility for its ability to destroy specified risk material (SRMs), the tissues known to harbour the proteins that cause BSE […] Read more



Label rules tightened on tenderized meats

Starting July 2, federally inspected meat plants in Canada will be required to label beef steaks or roasts that have been mechanically tenderized, the federal government announced Friday. The move is part of new mandatory federal requirements designed to strengthen control over E. coli. Contaminated needles used to mechanically tenderize meat was identified as one […] Read more

New potato herbicide, insecticide expansion approved

Two new approvals have expanded the menu of crop protection products for Canadian potato growers. Nationally, Bayer CropScience’s popular potato insecticide Titan is now registered as an in-furrow application, to complement its existing registration as a seed-piece treatment. Titan is billed as the broadest-spectrum seed-piece insecticide for potatoes and in a recent release Bayer touted […] Read more