Being able to spray weeds like redroot pigweed early without spraying an entire field could help reduce costs for farmers.

Canadian weed sensing project could mean targeted spraying

Pesticides sprayed with more precision could reduce farmer costs and build consumer confidence in products

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – A project that will examine the use of artificial intelligence to detect weeds and crop pests during passes over a field received a $12.8 million investment from Protein Industries Canada. Led by Precision.ai., Sure Growth Solutions Inc., Exceed Grain Marketing and the Global Institute for Food Security, the project is designed to […] Read more

Herbicide-resistant redroot pigweed continues to spread.

Weed of the week: Redroot pigweed

Economic thresholds run from five to 15 plants per 10 metres of row

Reading Time: 2 minutes Redroot pigweed can be a tough customer. But don’t wallow in despair – control is possible. Redroot pigweed (Latin name Amaranthus retroflexus) is an annual weed found throughout Ontario in cultivated fields, gardens, pastures, waste places, roadsides and, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, nearly any other disturbed area. While […] Read more

Sometimes soybeans have to be swathed if there is too much green material.

Waiting and weeding are keys to organic success

After six years, this organic farmer is seeing reduction in some weeds

Reading Time: 4 minutes It can sometimes be comforting for an organic farmer if the view of their field from the roadway shows an absence of green growth between the rows of corn or soybeans. But according to the presenter of a recent Guelph Organic Conference session entitled “Avoiding Field Crop Disasters,” this illusion can often hide the troubling […] Read more

Bayer’s short season corn will only grow to about seven feet tall.

Bayer announces new herbicide mode of action

The broadleaf herbicide will be the first new mode of action in 30 years

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new herbicide molecule, a different approach to short stature corn and XtendFlex soybeans are three projects in the Bayer CropScience development pipeline that could have an impact on farms. Why it matters: There is increasing resistance to current herbicides so a new mode of action will be welcome. Bayer announced the new herbicide and […] Read more

E3 soybeans are expected to be available in Canada from Pioneer in 2020.

New option launched to manage resistant weeds in soybeans

Enlist E3 soybeans are resistant to multiple herbicides meaning more options to deal with weed issues

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario farmers will have more options to manage herbicide-resistant weeds with the launch of Enlist E3 soybeans in Canada. E3 soybeans are resistant to 2,4-D, glyphosate and glufosinate herbicides. That provides more flexibility when spraying fields that have resistant weeds, which are becoming an increasing problem in Ontario, especially when it comes to glyphosate. Why […] Read more


Each waterhemp plant can produce one million seeds, with some producing up to five million.

Glyphosate resistant waterhemp moving across Ontario

With its method of pollination and resistance abilities, the weed is becoming harder to control

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glyphosate-resistant waterhemp is now present in seven counties across Ontario. Huron, Wentworth and Haldimand are the three most recent counties where it was found, in addition to the previous Essex, Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Middlesex counties. Seeds were harvested harvested in fields in these counties last fall, planted in a greenhouse to overwinter and tested once […] Read more

Plants are particularly susceptible to competition in early growth stages.

Plant stress makes early-season weed control critical

Research shows corn and soybeans can sense the presence of weeds even before emergence

Reading Time: 4 minutes Do you get anxious about weeds in the field? Your crops sure do, and according to new research, yield reductions from early-season weed pressure can happen extremely quickly. Research in the late 1980s established the significant yield impacts caused by weeds if they are not properly controlled early in the growing season, says Clarence Swanton, […] Read more

Steve Shirtliffe demonstrates a min-till rotary hoe.

Evaluating mechanical weed control options

Researchers found that when two methods are used, weed control improves

Reading Time: 3 minutes With the rise of herbicide resistant weeds, researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are looking into alternative weed control methods focused on in-crop mechanical tools to give growers new management options. Why it matters: Farmers are looking for alternative solutions to deal with herbicide resistant weeds that are becoming tougher to control and are affecting […] Read more


Josh Lade drives his John Deere S680 combine with the Seed Terminator installed near Osler, Sask.

Seed terminator installed on combine

An Australian brought the system when he moved to Canada

Reading Time: 4 minutes An Australian farming in Canada is using a hammer mill on his combine to reduce his dependence on herbicide applications. Now farming in Saskatchewan, the producer brought a Seed Terminator from Down Under to test its pulverizing abilities on prairie weed seeds this harvest. Why it matters: Alternative weed control methods will gain added importance […] Read more

SWAC 2019 conference: The Road Ahead

What to see and look for at the 2019 Southwest Agricultural Conference

Reading Time: 2 minutes Producers attending the 2019 Southwest Agricultural Conference will have their agronomic and farm business mind stimulated. The conference, with the theme: The Road Ahead is coming to the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus on Jan. 3-4. Speakers will share the latest on topics ranging from nutrient management to marketing, compaction to pest management, precision agriculture […] Read more