This Week on RealAg — The December 20th Edition


After a few months of the Agronomy Geeks podcasts, I’ve learned a few things. Like how I still don’t like the sound of my own voice, but that I really do love agronomy enough to push through that and continue. While I do enjoy exploring new topics, perhaps what I’m enjoying most are the people I have a chance to interview. John Heard, crop nutrition specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, is my guest for this week’s podcast to talk all about nitrogen — how it cycles, how it is lost and gained, and how things like tillage and water impact those losses and gains. Heard never fails to teach me something every time I speak with him, and he sure didn’t disappoint this time. Click here to hear more.

My favourite video of the week goes to Talking to Farmers — The Cattle Fitters Edition. If you’re new here, the Talking to Farmers series is one that usually gets a few laughs but also some neat insights on a wide range of topics (and usually requires luring farmers towards the camera with the promise of free t-shirts). Debra Murphy, field editor for RealAgriculture, spent some time in the Agribition barns back in November and managed to cajole a few people to answer her questions. If you’ve never really been behind the scenes in a show barn, you need to watch this. And if you like rude noises, this video also delivers.

On the production front, we posted a few fantastic Soybean School episodes over the last week. From planning a strategy for white mould (sclerontinia for our western friends) control, to testing and managing for soybean cyst nematode, if you’re planning for 2014, these new episodes of the school are a must watch. Many thanks to Horst Bohner with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food for sharing his expertise on these important topics.

And, just because it’s probably one of the coolest things I’ve seen in awhile, I will draw your attention to a tiny wee post on wind. No, not Owen Roberts’ column on the wind energy industry learning a few lessons (but you can read that here), but to this post of a super neat visual representation of wind currents. This online wind map is updated every three hours and not only is it beautiful to look at, but if you love maps and weather, it’s even quasi-useful! Maybe. Either way, it’s neat and you should check it out by clicking here.

All the best for the holiday season,

Lyndsey (@RealAg_Lyndsey)

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