Keep It Clean pre-harvest webinar — August 5 at 11:00am CDT. Join Ian Epp, CCC; Greg Bartley, Pulse Canada; and Haley Tetreault of Sask Wheat for tips and tools on proper staging for pre-harvest glyphosate application, following PHIs and scouting for disease. Further info can be found here. Register here.
SaskCanola Crop Walk 2021 — SaskCanola director Keith Fournier, in participation with SaskCanola, invites you to a Crop Walk on his farm north of Maidstone, SK on August 5 from 10:00am to 12:00pm CST. The farm is located seven kilometres north of Maidstone on Hwy 21, on the west side of the road. The Crop Walk will be followed by lunch, refreshments and networking. This event is free to attend but registration is appreciated. Please register by August 3.
Leave check strips in fields sprayed for lygus. Help us harvest valuable information from this challenging year by leaving a check strip in fields that get sprayed for lygus. After sweeping the field, record lygus numbers (threshold is 2-3 mature or late instar nymphs per sweep). The impact of lygus is different in wet and dry conditions, and if we collect enough data from check strips this year, we will have better information the next time a hot, dry, lygus summer occurs. The check strip should be 200-300 m long (or the length of the field) and be situated away from the field margins. Think you can do this or already have? Reach out to Keith Gabert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Autumn Barnes (email@example.com) with the Canola Council of Canada.
Any growers willing to support weed research by getting rid of some cleavers? Breanne Tidemann, a researcher from AAFC Lacombe, is looking for mature cleavers that have (ideally) not been treated with pre-harvest glyphosate along with a corresponding GPS location. This is for her research on cleavers populations, emergence factors impacting cleavers and potential differences between populations in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta that may affect management strategies. If you can contribute, contact Breanne at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm sample collection details (number of plants needed, best method of sending, etc.) and mail to: Breanne Tidemann, 6000 C&E Trail, Lacombe, AB, T4L 1W1.
Fire prevention and safety. To prevent machinery fires, perform a pre-operational inspection on any equipment on a daily basis. Look for 1.) Any build-up of crop residue around the engine, exhaust systems and belts and chains, 2.) Any damage or worn parts on the exhaust system, drive belts, electrical wiring, moving parts, 3.) Any signs of leaking fluids, oils and fuel or 4.) Any odour of burning electrical wiring. For more fire prevention and safety tips, click here.
Do More Ag – 2021 has thrown a lot at all of us. Mother Nature has shared everything from drought, drowning and hail to extreme heat, frost and even a few tornados. Visit www.domore.ag/resources for resources, crisis lines and websites that can help with your mental well-being.
Ag Forward: Managing on-farm plastics – Many farmers have shared their preference for options that avoid “use and discard’ practices for on-farm plastics, but admit they are challenged to find alternatives. A new series of articles is being published to give producers advice on how to manage on-farm plastics. They can be found at https://cleanfarms.ca/alberta-ag-forward-managing-on-farm-plastics/ and through the “Programs by province/Western Canada/Alberta” navigation. The program is a co-operative effort between the Government of Alberta, Cleanfarms and Agricultural Plastics Recycling Group (APRG).