Posts By: Mike Klassen

Tips and Tricks for preharvest Reglone & Glyphosate

In Northwest Saskatchewan peas are commonly desiccated or sprayed pre-harvest with glyphosate.  Reglone (Diquat – a group 22 product) is a desiccant that can help speed up the time to harvest.  On the other hand glyphosate (a group 9 product) is not a desiccant.  Glyphosate will kill the plants, but dry down rate is more dependent on weather... read more

In-Crop Fall Weed Control

In the last ten years, there has been a significant increase in the amount acres sprayed with glyphosate before harvest.  There are many reasons for this practice.  Anyone of the reasons can increase profitability on a farm.  This practice should be considered on all acres on the farm.  To be able to use this harvest... read more

What Temperatures Mean to Maturity

Everyone is now starting to talk about harvest and when is it coming.  We had a late start this spring.  As the summer has progressed, it looked like the crop was coming on very well.  The cold nights in the last couple of weeks have slowed things down so all of us are looking at what our crop... read more

Bugs in Canola

Last year, there were a lot of acres of canola sprayed for insects.  So far this year, we do not see any amount of bugs in our canola fields but it is will be soon time to start checking.  Each year is a different year so the only solution to finding out if your canola crop is... read more

Winter Wheat Production

This year, we have flooded out acres in the Meadow Lake area.  One way to deal with these acres if it dries up is to seed winter wheat.  Winter wheat is a crop that we have grown successfully in the past in this area. Winter wheat is a great cropping choice in this area.  It has the potential... read more

Sclerotinia in Canola

With any disease that affects our crops, the first step to controlling the disease is to understand it.  Sclerotinia stem rot can be a devastating disease with canola.  Last year in the Meadow Lake area we say upwards of 50% of the plants in some fields infected.  This significantly reduced the yield of the canola. ... read more

Wet Soils, What Next?

We had a lot of rain in the last week.  Water is standing in fields.  Some fields will stay saturated for some time to come.  There will be impacts from the excess water.  The impacts will vary from field to field but we can be sure that there will be impacts from the excessive water. ... read more


There are grasshoppers in the  fields of the area.  The grasshoppers are doing damage to the crops in the area.  It is time to get out and check to see if there are problems in your fields. The first step in dealing with grasshoppers is to find them.  The grasshoppers are usually concentrated around the edge of the fields.  This... read more

How water moves in the soil

We have a lot of wet fields in the area.  It has meant that some acres have not been seeded.  Wet fields mean that producers have had spent hours pulling equipment out of mudholes.  All these issues indicate that we need to better understand the hydrology of our soils. Hydrology of the water is our soils is all... read more

Post-Seeding Stand Assessment

We have all been in a big hurry to get the crop in this season.  The late start and the fear of rain delays that can happen in May have motivated us all to get as much seeding done as quickly as possible.  Now that seeding is near completion, it is time to get out... read more