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

Higher Yields Driving Nutrient Removal

Higher Yields Driving Nutrient Removal Budgets Since 1990, canola yields have increased by 1.38 bu./ac./yr., corn yields by 1.8 bu./ac/yr. and soybeans by more than 0.45 bu./ac./yr. Producers in southern Alberta are reporting their highest canola average yields, as are Ontario soybean growers. Agronomists and the International Plant Institute (IPNI) have warned about seeing a … Continued

Precision Sampling Services

Promoting Your Precision Sampling Services Quality crop fertility recommendations start in the field with collecting quality soil samples. Getting customers to value your precision soil sampling service can be a challenge in a world when ‘quick and cheap’ drives ‘value’. Crop input manufacturers educate & demonstrate the value of a new technology through field trials.  The … Continued

Soil Testing for Making Fertilizer Rec’s

Can Soil Health Testing be Used for Making Fertilizer Rec’s? The Haney test, designed to evaluate soil health indicators like soil respiration, water-soluble carbon and organic nitrogen was evaluated recently by University of Minnesota for generating corn fertilizer recommendations. Read the report here:

Nitrogen Rate Prediction Tools

Which Nitrogen Rate Prediction Tool is best for Corn? The Economically Optimum Corn Nitrogen Rate (EONR) is a moving target, every season is a little or lot different and growers are left at doing an ‘educated guess’ at the most profitable rate. A researcher told me recently in reviewing 40 years of N rate research … Continued

Message on Soil Sampling

Getting the message out on Soil Sampling How is it that with the rapid adoption of new technologies on the farm for tracking everything and everyone, and sophisticated smart data collection, that soil testing, one of the most fundamental principles of good agronomy is still lagging in adoption in some farming areas?  Farmers know that … Continued

Cover Crop Decision Tool

Midwest Cover Crop Decision Tool Midwestern states and Ontario are included, but we need growers and industry in other areas to push more provinces to join and contribute to make it a resource for everyone. Great tool; regionally specific: @CoverCropsMCCC

Post Emergent N in Spring Wheat

When Does Post Emergent N in Spring Wheat work ? Historically, split applying N in wheat has not resulted in higher yields. However, some growers intentionally may delay applying part of their nitrogen until they have better idea of yield potential or as way to boost protein. Read more in  this SaskWheat study :