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The Canadian Grain Commission will use individual standard samples for frost/heat stress and mildew replacing the current combined standard samples as the assessment tools for these grading factors in all classes of western Canadian wheat starting Aug. 1. This photo shows various amounts of mildew versus a sound sample.

Grain commission tweaks grading tests for start of new crop year

New test for assessing mildew and heat/frost stress will prevent unnecessary downgrading of wheat

Grading factors for mildew and heat/frost stress when grading western Canadian wheat will be tweaked starting Aug. 1, the start of the 2018-19 crop year, the Canadian Grain Commission has announced. “It’s not a significant difference,” said Daryl Beswitherick, the grain commission’s program manager for quality assurance standards and reinspection. “The frequency of the factors […] Read more



Globalized economy seen more susceptible to weather extremes

Barcelona | Thomson Reuters Foundation — The globalization of the world’s economy this century has made it far more vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather, including heat stress on workers, scientists said Friday. A study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Columbia University showed production losses caused by high temperatures, predicted […] Read more



Canola plants treated with zinc are slightly set back from the untreated plants — but not enough to affect yield, says Canola Council agronomist Warren Ward.

Check your numbers. Is it worth spending money on a foliar fertilizer?

Producers probably won’t see a good return on foliar fertilizers and hype around micronutrients is mostly ‘marketing’

In a dry year like this one, investing in foliar fertilizer probably won’t pay off. “Conditions at the time of spraying are the trump card,” said agronomist Jack Payne at canolaPALOOZA in late June. “Herbicides are also absorbed through the foliage, but if the plant’s not actively growing — if it’s shutting down because of […] Read more