GFM Network News


Photo: File

Five reasons to hold off on swathing canola

When exactly is the right time to cut that swath? Here are the reasons to wait

According to Angela Brackenreed, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, there’s been a real shift in the industry when it comes to canola swath timing. “I think there’s a much better understanding of the economics and yield benefit of waiting to swath,” she says. “My impression is that the early swathing that happens is done[...]
Read more

Western Prairies see low yields as harvest ramps up

CNS Canada –– This summer’s erratic weather has taken its toll on plant development in Alberta and parts of western Saskatchewan, according to crop-watchers in those areas. “We have heard that dry conditions have caused plants (peas) to slough off or have the tillers dry off and have lost those heads,” said Barry Yaremcio at[...]
Read more


canola field

Start small when straight cutting canola for the first time

Reading Time: < 1 minute This year’s thin canola crop may force some producers to take their chances with straight cutting. “Typically we recommend a well-knit, even crop — something that the wind won’t shake, rattle, and roll — so that we prevent shattering and loss,” said Keith Gabert, Canola Council of Canada agronomist. “This year will be a little[...]
Read more

Finding the right time to swath is going to be tricky this year, says Canola Council agronomist Keith Gabert.

Crack open some pods before swathing canola this year, says agronomist

The ideal time to swath canola is when 60 per cent of seeds have changed colour — 
but 30 per cent is more realistic for large acreages

Reading Time: 3 minutes Keith Gabert is already dreading phone calls about swath timing in canola. “It’s going to be a hard job to figure out where your canola crop is going to be at for swathing, especially on some of those thin stands,” said the Canola Council of Canada agronomist at the Making the Grade workshop in late[...]
Read more


forage barley

Silage varieties for Alberta cattle producers

Reading Time: < 1 minute This year’s version of Silage Varieties for Alberta is now available. Under the umbrella of the Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta, eight applied research groups performed forage testing of various varieties at 12 locations throughout the province. This was the sixth year of tests. “Varieties of barley, oats, triticale and peas commonly used[...]
Read more

cow eating hay

Improve performance with a sweet treat for your cattle — afternoon-cut forage

Sugar concentration in forages peaks about 11 to 13 hours after sunrise — and can be as much as five per cent higher

Reading Time: 2 minutes Make hay while the sun shines’ is good advice in more ways than one, says a federal research scientist. “There’s fairly strong evidence that shows, by increasing the sugar concentration in forages, you can improve the performance of ruminants,” said Gilles Bélanger, who spoke during a recent Beef Cattle Research Council webinar. “If you want[...]
Read more