Recent News

  • Banding Fertilizer
    May 12, 2017
    The goal of a good nitrogen fertilizer strategy is to get the nitrogen to the location it can be best utilized without losses. By optimizing nitrogen placement, crops can get off to a quick, even star...
  • What you need to know about seed treatments for 2017
    April 6, 2017
    2016 was not the best of seasons for Saskatchewan or Manitoba, and its impact will be felt all the way through 2017 in many ways. We all like to think if we plant the best seed with a good seed treatm...
  • The Importance of Certified Seed
    February 13, 2017
    You grow it, so why not use it? Seed, that is. It gets all the right care at the right time by the best grower you know – you. It can be sold easily into the commercial channel to, eventually, end u...
  • 2017 Outlook
    February 2, 2017
    What have we to look forward to in 2017? There are a lot of events happening globally that might impact the farm business here on the Prairies. Oil production is being reined in, the U.S. dollar conti...
  • 2016 International Year of Pulses - A Look in the Rear View Mirror
    January 30, 2017
    As we are more than aware, certainly now the 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) has ended, Canada is a global leader in pulse production. The global pulse community ensured that this registered o...
  • The Great GMO Debate
    January 26, 2017
    The GMO debate rages on. Will it ever end? It’s doubtful. Entire organizations and movements are devoted to its demise. Google “GMO” and the third result uncovers the Monsanto “conspiracy” -...
  • Winter AgTradeshows – a necessity or a menace?
    December 14, 2016
    It’s been a long and trying season. Harvest is just wrapped up – though some growers still have harvest to complete in spring in some parts. Fall field work may or may not have been completed. It ...
  • Intensifying Production on the Prairies – Plant Growth Regulators
    November 28, 2016
    Plant growth regulators (PGR) are not a new technology, only relatively new to the Prairies. Where high intensity cereal management systems, specifically high levels of nitrogen fertilizer, are being ...
  • Maintain grain quality while in storage
    November 17, 2016
    It feels like a year like no other, but it’s not. There’ve been years in the past where Mother Nature has made it difficult to get the crop in the bin in the past. Harvesting in spring is not unhe...
  • 2017 Planning Tips
    October 24, 2016
    Harvest is not done yet, but already growers are having to start planning for 2017. Time might be running out, however, to take advantage of fall to get some key tasks completed in advance of spring. ...
  • Fall Weed Control
    October 13, 2016
    It’s been quite the year across the Prairies with growers facing challenging conditions right through until, and during, harvest. Despite that, there are still farm tasks to be completed this fall i...
  • Grain storage tips
    September 30, 2016
    More than in most seasons, managing production in the bin this year will be critical to ensure the crop is kept in good condition until it is marketed. Grain is going into storage in less than ideal c...
  • Marketing Tips
    September 22, 2016
    It’s been a tough year for farmers right across the Prairies. Rain, hail, and more rain have wreaked havoc on some crops. Lentils have been hammered. There’s no good durum available according to t...
  • Innovations in Harvesting Equipment
    September 7, 2016
    The pace of innovation in farm equipment in general has been steady over the last number of years.  According to Nathan Gregg, project manager, applied agriculture services at the Prairie Agricultura...
  • Pre-harvest weed control
    August 22, 2016
    It’s been a season for the books. Right across the Prairies, rain, more rain, hail, and storms have pounded the crop, but now, harvest is steadily approaching and despite many challenges, decisions ...
  • Changing the Anti-GMO Conversation
    August 15, 2016
    It seems like a losing battle. Anti-GMO advocates have a loud and strident voice. Their claims of “Frankenfood” have been honed and refined over the years. There are now organizations set up as po...
  • The Dollar’s Effect on Farming
    August 2, 2016
    Growers, it seems like at times, are at the mercy of many things in the pursuit of their livelihoods.  Mother Nature, infestations of disease or insects, global production and supply to name a few. A...
  • Strategies for a Dry Spring
    May 18, 2016
    Forest fires raging across the Prairies is a sign of just how dry this season is starting off to be. While there appears to be precipitation in the forecast, how much anyone gets is still like buying ...
  • Early Spring – Planning the Upside of Early Seeding
    April 22, 2016
    We just talked about the risks of early seeding a couple of weeks ago. But, there can be upsides as well – it’s not all death and destruction. There are benefits that can accrue, but rewards come ...
  • The Value in Micronutrients
    April 4, 2016
    So, you’ve been marketing the crop over the winter. Planning the crop rotation, the varieties, and buying the seed and inputs. All the while, you’ve been working on your fertility plan with your a...
  • Early spring – early seeding?
    March 7, 2016
    The message everyone is hearing across the Prairies is it’s unseasonably warm and there is little or no snow cover. It looks like an early spring could be just around the corner, and with early spri...
  • Smart Farm Managers Use Certified Seed
    February 29, 2016
    The use of certified seed is not a foreign one, but when it comes to cereals, it certainly seems like it might be in Western Canada.  While certified seed use is 100 percent in canola, the biggest cr...
  • Happy Holidays from GJ Chemical
    December 21, 2015
    At this time of celebration and cheer our team at GJ Chemical would like to sincerely thank everyone who supported us this year. We appreciate your business and loyalty and we hope to continue and bui...
  • 2016 International Year of Pulses
    December 14, 2015
    Canada is a global leader in pulse production and in 2016, as part of the International Year of Pulses, there will be many events and initiatives to celebrate pulses and ultimately, grow the productio...
  • Fall Soil Sampling
    October 5, 2015
      A day off for a farmer is a rare thing. There’s many times back-to-back-to-back shifts are needed just to get the job done. This time of year, in particular, trying to get the crop off and b...
  • Representative Sampling – Importance on the Farm
    September 29, 2015
    The test result is only as good as the sample. You hear that over and over, for any situation from political polling to assessing grain quality. Taking representative samples is the critical step to u...
  • Harvest Safety
    August 17, 2015
    Harvest is here and with many important details on your mind, it’s important to take a moment to ensure you are prepared for a safe season. It is the peak time for agriculture related injuries, so b...
  • Fast Facts about using a drone in Canada
    May 4, 2015
    Flying a drone is not something that should be entered into without some research and education. Recent “near miss” incidents reported over the last few months go to show that any vehicle, includi...
  • Is your seeding equipment ready to roll?
    April 20, 2015
    It’s going to be 200C today in Winnipeg – it’s still just mid-April and the weather could change on a dime, but the reality is seeding is just around the corner. Getting everything ready and hav...
  • Weather Outlook for the Prairies
    April 13, 2015
    Daniel Bezte has been surveying various forecasts available for years, and his conclusion on long-term outlooks…It’s like throwing darts at a dart board blindfolded. But, taking the Old Farmer’...
  • Winter Wheat Survival
    April 2, 2015
    There have been a lot of questions this winter about whether or not conditions were conducive for winter wheat survival.  Did the crop get seeded too late in some cases?  Was it too warm?  Was ther...
  • New Herbicides for 2015
    March 9, 2015
    As well as determining all of the crop rotations and pesticide group rotations to ensure a sound integrated pest management strategy on the farm, growers have to keep plugged in to new developments in...
  • Retailer of the Year Award!
    March 2, 2015
    We are excited to announce that we have been awarded the CAAR Retailer of the Year for 2014. GJ Chemical was nominated by Bayer CropScience and InterAg for CAAR’s Retailer of the Year award, which ...
  • Crop Planning for 2015 from the Market’s Perspective
    February 17, 2015
    There are no obvious or simple answers to crop planning for 2015, according to Jonathan Driedger, risk management portfolio manager at FarmLink Marketing Solutions. “Deciding on what to seed in 2015...
  • Where’s the Value in Seed Treatment
    February 12, 2015
    There is usually value in seed treatment, depending on the crop, the environmental conditions and how intensive the farm management system.  The best seed, together with a comprehensive seed treatmen...
  • Winter 2015 Agricultural Tradeshow Circuit
    January 19, 2015
    It’s that time of year again – tradeshow time.  Is it the “same ‘ol, same ‘ol” or are these shows really worth making time to attend?  Short and long answer to that is YES!  Tradeshows ...
  • Early 2014 Production Results
    December 17, 2014
    As we come to the end of the 2014 crop year, the data collected by Stats Canada is showing a drop in production to near normal yields compared to those recorded for the record harvest of 2013. The es...
  • G J Chemical and Dale Air
    December 11, 2014
    We are pleased to announce that on December 1st GJ Chemical Co. purchased Dale Air Services Ltd. Dale Air Services is a crop supply retail in Morris, Manitoba with aerial spraying and ground applicat...
  • SUCCESS: Some Farmers Plant It
    December 1, 2014
    Certified seed opens the doors to new opportunities for success. When producers buy certified seed they are getting the “blue tag” guarantee, which actually means quite a bit. First is the obvious...
  • Climate Change Bringing Change to Western Canada
    November 18, 2014
    Will climate change affect the crops we choose to grow in Western Canada? According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, studies on the impact of climate change suggest that most regions of Canada ar...
  • Shake Up Your Modes of Action
    November 7, 2014
    Herbicide resistance has created an industry of its own, keeping herbicide manufacturers on their toes to create new products to help with this growing problem. And a solution is multiple modes of act...
  • The Future of Western Canadian Corn
    October 28, 2014
    In June of 2013, Monsanto announced their Canada Corn Expansion Project, with an investment of $100 million over the next ten years to produce corn hybrids that could be widely grown across a potentia...
  • The Underestimated Micronutrient
    October 9, 2014
    Micronutrients are essential for healthy plant growth just as vitamins are important to healthy human growth. According to the Government of Saskatchewan Agriculture, there are many factors that will...
  • Soybeans becoming a Top Crop for Western Canada
    September 30, 2014
    As soybean varieties are developed to offer shorter season early maturity, higher yields, and higher protein levels, they are becoming an addition to crop rotation plans in Saskatchewan like they have...
  • New Canadian Demographic and Western Canadian Agriculture
    September 11, 2014
    Will the changing Canadian demographic have an effect on what will be produced on our farms in the future? “Canada is rapidly moving from being a white country to becoming a brown country,” state...
  • Summer Crop Report
    August 26, 2014
    Stats Canada published its Outlook for Principal Field Crops at the end of July, marking the end of the 2013-14 crop year. With favourable growing conditions, production of all crops increased to appr...
  • Look out for Grasshoppers
    July 23, 2014
    It’s time to get into the fields and check for grasshoppers. Most infestations will still be at the nymph stages and found close to the edges of the fields and in the ditches. If this is the case sp...
  • Winter Wheat – A Great Option in the West
    July 18, 2014
    Winter wheat is a great addition to a prairie crop rotation with many advantages including its profitability as a crop. Other benefits include soil cover during the fall and winter, reduced spring m...
  • Our New Team Member
    May 28, 2014
    We would like to welcome Louis (Lou) Courcelles to the GJ Chemical team! Lou has taken the position of sales agronomist at our Arnaud location. He comes to us after 28 years in the agriculture indust...
  • Glyphosate Resistance in Manitoba
    February 5, 2014
    Are there really glyphosate resistant weeds here in Manitoba? According to research conducted by Stratus Agri-Marketing in an on-line survey, the 281 Manitoba farmers that responded believe there are ...
  • Our Trial Results
    October 24, 2013
    We performed plot trials on many different soybean varieties this year in our areas. Check out our trial results and see which soybean varieties stood out as the top yielders this year. Variety_Plot...
  • Time to Book Next Year's Seed
    October 24, 2013
    As harvest is coming to an end with almost every crop – even corn will be done soon – it’s time to start thinking about booking seed. Contact our offices in Arnaud or Altona to talk about your s...
  • Thank you to everyone who attended our Grand Opening! (see pictures)
    October 7, 2013
    On September 12 we celebrated the opening of our new Arnaud facility with a plot tour and lots of food, friends, and fun. With a turnout of about 350 people, it was a great success. Thanks to everyone...
  • Welcome to our new website
    July 20, 2012
    We are excited to launch our new website. We hope to offer valuable information and exciting news regarding the agricultural industry and our company. We encourage you to browse the website and contac...