Building organic matter is a complicated and sometimes slow process, but you can’t build soil organic matter without carbon and biological activity. There’s some research out there to suggest that adding commercial nitrogen fertilizer to cropping systems burns through organic matter — but field level research doesn’t show the same results. What’s happening? First time… Read More

Maybe it’s just us, but this month is flying by. On this Agronomic Monday edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear from Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy research extension specialist at Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission, and our resident agronomist Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson. They’ll both be talking about considerations for the upcoming growing season including barley on… Read More

RealAgriculture is looking for an energetic and enthusiastic team member who can capture information and insight from the agriculture industry to create a variety of clear, concise, and engaging audio and video posts. That’s right, we’re looking for someone who is passionate about agriculture and the agri-food industry, who thrives in a fast-paced work environment,… Read More

Canada has quietly joined a coalition of countries promoting “sustainable productivity growth” in agriculture. The Sustainable Productivity Growth Coalition for Food Security and Resource Conservation, known as the SPG Coalition, was first championed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021. The coalition’s stated goal is to “accelerate… Read More

London Farm Show, a long-standing spring tradition for the Western Fair Association (WFA) has regretfully announced its cancellation once again in 2022. Current restrictions still pose a very tight timeline to host a successful show of this size. With feedback from show exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees, and the extended operation of the Agriplex as a… Read More

Manitoba’s new agriculture minister says helping producers recover from the drought of 2021 and maintaining cross-border movement of feed and the province’s agricultural exports are top priorities as he settles into the minister’s office. Derek Johnson was sworn in as Manitoba’s minister of agriculture last week, as the province’s new premier, Heather Stefanson, appointed her… Read More

The research and experience in the field is unequivocal: The right pre-seed burnoff is critical to guarding yield potential. Lack of moisture was a big challenge in 2021. Among other things, a pre-seed burnoff takes out weeds before they can rob the crop of soil moisture and nutrients. Research also suggests that plants detect neighbouring… Read More

When it comes to increasing soybean yield, University of Illinois plant physiology professor Fred Below has two words of advice — plant early. In his presentation earlier this month at the Ontario Agricultural Conference, Below shared data from eight years of trials that show growers in Illinois lose almost half a bushel (0.47 bu/ac) for every day… Read More

 

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