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Producers battling herbicide-resistant weeds will need to add diversity to their rotations, says federal research scientist Breanne Tidemann.

Saskatchewan herbicide resistance a heads-up for Alberta

More than half of fields surveyed had a resistant weed, with Group 1-resistant wild oat at the top of the list

Alberta’s herbicide-resistant weed survey is underway this summer, but the results from Saskatchewan paint a grim picture of what to expect here. “Since 2009, there’s been an 89 per cent increase in the land area affected by herbicide-resistant weeds,” said federal research scientist Breanne Tidemann. “We are in a fairly steep incline in terms of […] Read more

Breanne Tidemann is looking at an area — alternative weed management — that could be a lifesaver as herbicide resistance continues its relentless march.

They’ve got your back — meet four new Alberta researchers

Ag Canada’s newest researchers are working on issues that hurting or holding back producers today — or will in the future


Agriculture and Agri-food Canada hired four new scientists in Alberta this past spring. Here’s a quick introduction to the newest additions to the research community: Nitynanda (Nitya) Khanal Integrated forage crops management, Beaverlodge The forage research position at Beaverlodge had been vacant for years following a retirement. But not any more — although it was […] Read more


Cereal stems move unscathed through the CombCut’s comb-like knives, while broadleaf weed stems are cropped close to the ground.

New Swedish machine slices problem weeds down to size

Organic grain growers have been snapping up CombCut machines ‘like crazy’

A new piece of machinery is helping crop growers control broadleaf weeds on their farms — especially on organic operations. “Organic growers are buying these CombCut machines like crazy,” said Steve Shirtliffe, a professor of plant sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. “There’s a real buzz in the organic farming community. I’ve never seen equipment […] Read more