Agronomy Geeks, the Western Candian Edition — Ep. 5: Choo-Choo Choosing A Crop Rotation Based on Grain Movement

Every conference season, presentation after presentation reminds farmers of the cost of too-short crop rotations. Increased disease pressure, insect infestations and nutrient depletion of soil all weigh on yields in tight rotations. Agronomic decisions like these commonly play in to the decision on what to seed next on each field, but 2014 is shaping up to be a somewhat different year. This year, rail movement, or rather the lack of it, is budging some cropping plans well ahead of the seeding season.

In this Agronomy Geeks, RealAgriculture editor, Lyndsey Smith, is joined first by Cody Vogel, regional agronomy specialist for Alberta, to talk about how less-than-stellar grain prices and choked up elevators could be shifting acres out of wheat and canola and into smaller, more local markets, plus how increasing disease pressures are factoring in to crop plans as well. In the second half of the program, Rigas Karamanos offers his insight into the best applications of protected nitrogen sources — which to use when for the best bang for your buck.

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