Wheat School - Is It Too Late to Plant Wheat in Western Canada? - Dr. Ross McKenzie

If you are a farmer who planned on seeding wheat this year and you haven’t yet, it’s decision time. It’s June already, and there are a number of factors to consider when it comes to deciding whether to seed wheat or not to seed wheat. Economics are a major influence considering the spread between wheat… Read More

Canola School: Ross McKenzie on Wet Spring Soil Concerns for Canola

It may be a bit of an understatement to say that farmers across the west are eager to get in the field and get seeding. In the south end of Alberta, we’ve been teased with one day of sun, one day of rain/snow/sleet/cold. Other parts of the west need to dry up, while Peace River… Read More

Proper Soil Sampling Depths - Ross McKenzie

It is that time of year when farmers are placing their orders for soil sampling with fertilizer retailers and professional agronomists.  When you decide to soil test it is essential that you request the proper depths and analysis of those depths in order to make the right fertilizing decisions.  Many producers fall into the trap… Read More

Canola School: Fall Versus Spring Application of Fertilizer - Ross McKenzie

At this time of year many canola growers try to figure out if they are going to apply fertilizer in the fall of wait till the spring.  I think that many producers make this decisions based on the price of fertilizer in the fall or the need to reduce spring work. There are some more… Read More

Canola School: When is the Right Time to Soil Sample in the Fall - Ross Mckenzie

As harvest comes to an end over the next couple weeks it is incredibly important to start laying the groundwork for next years canola crop. The first step is soil sampling and with the warmer temperatures that we are supposed to get the next two weeks this is not the right time. As Ross Mckenzie… 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

Why Winter Wheat - Ross McKenzie, PhD - Lethbridge Research Station

Ross McKenzie, PhD of the Lethbridge Research Station talks about the agronomic considerations for winter wheat. Ross explains seeding dates, plant populations, nutrient requirements, specific variety considerations and seeding depth. Winter wheat is a great crop with many benefits. Planting winter wheat is a great way to lower the amount of workload in the spring… Read More

A collective sigh of relief could be heard as most parts of the southern Prairies received some form of precipitation over the May long weekend. Plenty of much-needed rain is falling across the Prairies today. You can see daily totals in bold blue on the map below! #abstorm #skstorm #mbstorm pic.twitter.com/fLucwsuEvw — Weatherlogics (@weatherlogics) May… Read More

With canola prices where they’re at, producers want to hit those optimum yields. There are a few hurdles to overcome this year though, as high fertilizer prices and dry conditions might limit starter fertilizer rates. In this Canola School episode, Kara Oosterhuis is joined by Jack Payne, grow team advisor at Federated Co-operatives Ltd., on… Read More

Today is World Soil Day, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has dedicated this year’s celebration to soil biodiversity. The slogan for this year: “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity.” Closer to home, the Canadian Society of Soil Science’s goals for today’s celebrations are to draw attention to the importance of… Read More

 

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