Month: March 2010

Wheat School: Trying to Understand Fusarium

Fusarium is an ugly monster that continues to rear its ugly head across North America.  Some areas are definitely worse than other but the impact is real.  With more tolerant wheat genetics coming every year, farmers are desperate to try and manage this disease in the most proactive ways that they can. Some of the… Read more »

Information is the Key

By Garth Donald, Dynagra As we move into the 2010 growing season crop plans are being finalized and growers are looking for what is going to make them the greatest return. Information is a great tool to help make decisions on the farm and a way to get that information is through some of the… Read more »

Canola School: Do We Need to Worry About the Cabbage Seed Pod Weevil in 2010 – Hector Carcamo

With canola being one of the only crops in Western Canada that will enable a profit on the farm this year we need to do our best to protect it.  One of the largest threats to canola yields is the cabbage seed pod weevil.  The cabbage seed pod weevil mainly affects areas of Alberta and… Read more »

Canola School: Does Canola Need Micro Nutrients? – Ross McKenzie

For years many farmers just worried about nitrogen and phosphorus but things have changed.  As we have discovered more about the way the plant reacts to different nutrients, farmers look to anyway to increase the overall health and yield of the canola plant.  There seems to be differing opinions on the need for micro nutrients… Read more »

Getting Young People Back to the Farm is Critical

By Shaun Haney With the advancing average age of the North American farmer we have a critical situation at hand.   We need to get more young people in the business of farming.   Now I am not talking about getting more young people into the ag-industry.  I am talking about getting them on the… Read more »

The Benefits of Seed Treatments

By Garth Donald, Dynagra We have to look back in history to understand how seed treatments came to be. Some of the first seed treatment goes as far back to when the first settlers came to North America. This was just by accident that some of the seed bags fell in the salt water and… Read more »

2010 is the Year of Indecision

So far in 2010, the only decision being made on farms is to be indecisive.  It has been an unbelievable spring of yes…no…maybe…no….yes….i have no idea!!!  Sometimes I wish that farmers had the decisiveness of cattlemen in their unshattered confidence that things will get better and having conviction is allowable. The early cropping favourites in… Read more »

Canola School: Management of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur

In Western Canada, canola has become the key cash crop.  This makes it even more incredibly important to ensure your canola crop has an adequate amount of fertilizer.  Managing the nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur is incredibly integral to achieving the yield objectives you have set on your farm.  Many times I hear farmers talk about… Read more »

Wheat School: Spring Management of Nitrogen in Winter Wheat

Coming out of the winter months, making sure that your winter wheat has an adequate amount of nitrogen is critical for achieving your yield objectives.  Making some nitrogen decision in the spring is critical and cannot be ignored by the grower. Based on where you farm, how you approach the topic will differ. Because of… Read more »

How Corn Plants Communicate With the Weeds in the Field – Dr. Clarence Swanton

Have you ever wondered if the weeds in the field have a greater impact than just taking up nutrients.  Is it possible that the weeds in the field have a greater impact on yield than we first thought?  Dr. Clarence Swanton, Professor at the University of Guelph has been researching how corn plants and weeds… Read more »

Decision Making Under Uncertainty – Dr. Allan Gray

At the Syngenta G32 Summit I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Allan Gray from Purdue University.  With the increased volatility in the marketplace producers must be much more aware and conscious of the risk dynamics.  I have always found that risk is a very difficult topic to discuss because everyone has a different risk profile.  What seems risky… Read more »

Using Technology to Drive Corn Yield Management

The most attractive and popular booth this year at the London Farm Show was the Syngenta Crop Protection booth.  With a booth full of live corn plants under heat lamps, many farmers were drawn to the bright green plants.  Nothing gets farmers motivated and excited more than than the opportunity to see a live plant… Read more »