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A good rule of thumb is to look for yields that are six to eight per cent above the check variety in cereals and more than 12 to 15 per cent in oilseeds, says crop specialist Harry Brook.

Crop expert offers tips for a successful hunt for new varieties

Yield gets all the attention but bigger may not be better when it comes to your farm

New crop varieties and variety tables are now available, so how do you pick ones best suited to your land? The first step is to analyze all the information in the variety tables, said provincial crop specialist Harry Brook. “The tables are structured with yield potential as the main criteria,” said Brook. “It takes into […] Read more

Varietal fact sheets now available

Three crop varietal fact sheets have been posted to the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry website on variety performance within Alberta and northeastern B.C. Varieties of Cereal and Oilseed Crops for Alberta has agronomic characteristics and disease-resistance information for wheat, barley, oat, rye, triticale, flax and canola. Varieties of Pulse Crops for Alberta covers field pea, […] Read more


China pledges $11B to support grain farmers

Beijing | Reuters –– China will give a total of 57.8 billion yuan (C$11.26 billion) to grain farmers as part of efforts to deepen rural reform, promote modern agriculture and raise incomes for farmers, state news agency Xinhua said. The total includes 14 billion yuan in direct subsidies, while 20.4 billion yuan will go to […] Read more