Phosphate and Potassium Decline

Rethinking P & K Fertility. Soil surveys conducted in a number of provinces across Canada are revealing a general decline in soil P and in potash. This has come as a surprise to many growers that have fertilized based on the ‘replacement approach’ of applying amounts of nutrients removed by the crop. Growers and agronomists … Continued

Spreading Manure Safely In The Winter

Winter spreading can be beneficial for farmers, providing time for application on cropland and reducing the risk of soil compaction by heavy equipment. However, winter application is discouraged & under increased public scrutiny and carries an increased risk of polluting groundwater or surface water.  The biggest risk is when spread on snow-covered or frozen fields … Continued

Cleaning Tips for your SenseFly Camera

Even though it might be the end of the season for flying your UAV, and your batteries are prepped for storage, but have you taken care of your cameras? No matter how careful you may be, through normal use, cameras (electronics) attracts tiny bits of dust. Landing your UAV poses the greatest risk of dirt, … Continued

Keep Your Wheels On The Road

Navigating roads can be a challenge, especially with today’s larger equipment. About 13 percent of farm related fatalities across Canada are traffic related. Most car drivers are not familiar with sharing the road, placing more onus on equipment drivers. Follow Provincial Equipment Transportation Rules It is important to not only review rules about safe transport … Continued

How Late Can You Seed Winter Wheat?

Winter wheat planting is off to a slow start in Ontario owing to the delayed harvest of beans. Growers are, however, keen to plant more wheat and make adjustments, including broadcast seeding into standing soybeans and adjusting seeding rates. Wheat after hay or wheat has a high risk of Take-all disease. Wheat after silage should … Continued

In Recognition of Phosphorus Week

Sept 16-21 commemorates the discovery of phosphorus 350 yeas ago. In conjuction with this week, two leading Cdn researchers have reviewed 100’s of ‘P” research reports and issued a new report that looks at gaps in knowledge and priorities for P research. 4R Management of Phosphorus Fertilizer in the Northern Great Plains: A Review of … Continued

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Drone Imagery As Aid To Harvest Timing

2019’s weather has been less than kind to many crops, resulting in a lot of unevenness in crop stage. Some fields appear as if there were different crops in one field, making it difficult for farmers to make the decision when to swath or harvest. Drone imagery is a valuable tool to help assess the … Continued

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Control Tough Perennial & Annual Weeds With Pre Or Post Harvest

Every year brings its share of troublesome weeds, and the fall is the best time to control perennial and winter annual weeds. There are 5 main benefits of a fall weed control program. Control of perennial weeds like Canada Thistle, quack grass and perennial sow thistle is best with a pre-harvest application when these weeds … Continued

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Simplify Soybean Yield Estimation with the 21 Rule

Many farmers often like to estimate soybean yield late in the season. Ideally, the closer the beans are to maturity, the better the estimate will be. The traditional approach to estimating yield by the formula (pods/acre X seeds)/pod /(seeds/lb.)/(lbs. per bushel) is time consuming and tedious. There is a simpler approach that is based on … Continued

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Has Soybean Cyst Nematode Got Your Number?

Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the number one pest of soybeans in Ontario and Quebec, causing significant yield loss, often without growers’ awareness of the problem until populations becoming endemic in a field. Current surveys show SCN has not reached Manitoba but is present just across the border in North Dakota. Where soybeans go, so … Continued