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Pulse weekly outlook: Chickpea market under pressure

Current crop up against disease issues

MarketsFarm — Lost demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping pressure on the Canadian chickpea market, despite disease issues causing problems for nearly a third of the country’s crop, according to an industry source. After disease caused problems for chickpeas in some areas of southern Saskatchewan in 2019, the radius of the problem area […] Read more

Growers asked to join the fight against late blight

Whether you grow potatoes and tomatoes in your garden or commercially, don’t give late blight a chance

Potato and tomato growers are being asked to help the effort to restore Alberta’s status of being free of late blight. “Everyone was encouraged to increase early and season-long monitoring of fields, gardens, and greenhouses in order to protect crops from late blight, as well as have a quicker response to any perceived infections,” said […] Read more


Late blight can cause rapid crop losses in potato and tomato crops, says provincial commercial horticulture specialist Rob Spencer.

Potato and tomato growers warned to keep watch for late blight

Monitor for symptoms in tomato transplants and in early-emerging potato plants

There has been a great deal of concern in Alberta in the last few years about late blight, a serious disease that mainly affects potatoes and tomatoes. Favourable conditions for disease development have resulted in multiple outbreaks of late blight in commercial market gardens, as well as urban potato and tomato crops throughout parts of […] Read more

Ventus Geospatial uses different types of UAVs for different purposes, including this Aeryon Scout that costs around $80,000. For agriculture, the company typically uses a fixed-wing SenseFly eBee, which runs in the range of $30,000.

Small farm ‘toys’ pack a mighty punch

Drones are getting off the ground in Alberta, in no small part thanks
to their practical applications on livestock and grain farms

Drones may seem like a fun toy — but on the farm, these fancy fliers mean business. “At the end of the day, you want better information to make better decisions, and that’s what they give you,” said Steve Myshak, owner of Ventus Geospatial in Lethbridge. “That’s the bottom line on why you want to […] Read more


“Early detection is critical for minimizing the impact of the disease and preventing further spread and significant outbreaks.” – Robert Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre

Late blight a concern again this year

There were multiple outbreaks of aggressive and destructive pathogen in fields and market gardens last year

Over the last few years, there has been a great deal of concern in Alberta surrounding late blight, a serious disease that affects mainly potatoes and tomatoes. This year appears to be no different. “This disease is caused by a fungal pathogen called Phytophthora infestans,” said Robert Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist at the Alberta Ag-Info […] Read more