Benefit of Late split N in Corn

Studies Question Benefit of Late split N in Corn Results from a multi-state US split N study suggest that in only 24% of sites there was a benefit to split N. Ontario field trials indicated similar results. The greatest potential benefit was seen on soils more prone to N loss (sands & heavy clays). Read … Continued

Boron to Flowering Canola

Should you Apply Boron to Flowering Canola Canola and alfalfa are two field crops with the highest requirement for boron. Canola uptake is 0.3 – 0.5 lb/ac (60 bu/ac yield), alfalfa 0.3 lb/ac (4 t/ac yield) Tissue testing for boron can be useful as soil testing has not proved reliable. Organic matter usually supplies enough … Continued

Tissue Testing vs Soil Testing

Tissue Testing vs Soil Testing Tissue testing asks the crop ‘ What’s wrong’ and can be money well spent for growers to confirm a deficiency, or as a check if their crop needs more nutrients. In field crops, plant analysis providing a snapshot in time of nutrient uptake and most useful to indicate when nutrient … Continued

Favourite Plant Deficiency App

Do you have a favourite Plant Deficiency Symptom App ? Recently we tested out a couple of phone apps for diagnosing crop deficiency symptoms look like, their function, what soils types are prone to this deficiency, and correction recommendations. The two we tested both have some good features, but left us somewhat disappointed. We only need one … Continued

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