The Editor's Desk

Listen to me

Humans are talkers. I went into journalism because I wanted to talk to people, ask questions, hear their stories and share them. I talk to people for my articles in Canola Digest, a magazine that remains, thankfully, popular among canola growers. I also talk to people for the Canola Watch podcasts. As a teenager, I...
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Farmer Panel

What do you do with data?

Data, data everywhere but not a way to use it. That may be how farms feel when they consider combine yield maps, thumb drives, computer spreadsheets, notebooks (paper and phone) and wonder how to make better use of it all. Canola Digest asked its six panelists, how do you put your data to work? Melissa...
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Feature

Using data to map the profitability of VR

Wayne Schneider, an Alberta Canola director who farms at Nisku, is back using variable-rate (VR) fertilizer applications on his farm – but he doesn’t know whether it provides a return on investment. “Right now, I can’t answer that question,” he says. Schneider is working with Conservis, a farm data management company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota,...
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Feature

Two machines, one person

Synchronous operation has two machines – one with an on-board operator and another autonomous – working together doing the same job and following the same field map. With close supervision of the robot, this could be the system that introduces large-scale robots to Prairie fields.

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Feature

Agronomists name herbicide-resistant weeds as top threat

The Canola Council of Canada surveyed 330 agronomy providers from across the Prairies in August 2022. When asked “What canola agronomic risk factors are likely to be the greatest concerns for your farmer customers over the coming five years?”, the top answer was herbicide-resistant weeds.

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