Mychorrizae Fungi – The Amazing Underground Secret to Better crops

Mycorrizhae fungi are part of the enormous biology that is vital to crops and soil health.  Mychorrizhae has a symbiotic relationship contributing to the glue holding soil aggregates, stable organic matter, induce plants to absorb nutrients and increase plants tolerance to environmental stress. Ambuscular Mycorrizhae (AM) are one of the most important and studied in … Continued

Soil Testing – Lots of Growth Opportunities

Soil Testing – Lots of Growth Opportunities While I’m a big supporter of precision ag as a means to collecting data for better decision making, I was reminded recently we can’t lose sight of the fundamentals like soil testing, as boring as this may sound to growers. A 2015 Olds College survey by students highlighted … Continued

The Limits of Base Saturation in Making Nutrient Recommendations

Every few years it seems base saturation rises as a winter topic as a means of making fertilizer recommendations. While base saturation has been used to determine whether a soil should be limed or not, it’s not a soil testing index, nor should be accepted broadly as an indicator for nutrient fertility. Developed for low … Continued

Early Planted Soybeans – The Debate

I have been truly amazed by how agribusiness has transitioned to hosting grower seminars and other and on-learning opportunities this winter. One excellent recent webinar I was able to join was by Maizex Seeds featuring two leading Ontario agronomists, Paul Sullivan, Sullivan Ag, and Horst Bohner, OMAFRA Soybean specialists, debating early planting of soybeans, with … Continued

Making the Most of On-Farm Trials

GPS-enabled equipment has greatly simplified the logistics for conducting on-farm trials. Farmers often rely on local agronomists to help in setting up, monitoring, harvesting, and analyzing results. They form the basis for some great discussions at winter meetings. Plots take time, and they must be set up correctly to produce meaningful results. Replication of treatments … Continued

Soil Testing – Lots of Growth Opportunities

While I’m a big supporter of precision Ag as a means to collecting data for better decision making, I was reminded recently we can’t lose sight of the fundamentals like soil testing, as boring as this may sound to growers. A 2015 Olds College survey by students highlighted the need to keep soil testing front … Continued

Early Planted Soybeans – The Debate

I have been truly amazed by how agribusiness has transitioned to hosting grower seminars and other and on-learning opportunities this winter. One excellent recent webinar I was able to join was by Maizex Seeds featuring two leading Ontario agronomists, Paul Sullivan, Sullivan Ag, and Horst Bohner, OMAFRA Soybean specialists, debating early planting of soybeans, with … Continued

The Power of Soil Testing

The Power of Soil Testing Today’s high crop yields are demanding more from our soils than ever before. Modern genetics and improved crop management through practices like 4R are driving better nutrient use efficiency and returns. However, with big yields comes bigger crop removals, and basing 2021 crop needs on historical averages may not be … Continued

Crop Rotations – Long term Fertility Plans

Organic Crop Rotations require Long term Fertility Plans Organic cropping systems are designed with the goal of maintaining nutrients in organic matter reservoirs and in bioavailable forms over the cropping cycle through a holistic approach. Organic growers starting out or newer agronomic advisors can gain a better understanding of fertility planning and understanding of how … Continued

Practical Measures of Soil Health

Practical Measures of Soil Health, How Can Crop Advisors Use the Data?   Soil health is the foundation of any farm. Physical, biological and chemical soil properties all interact in influencing soil health, so measuring soil health is never related to a single measure. There’s a rapidly growing list of tests that many soil test labs … Continued