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Canola School: Why You Should Seed Canola First Once it Dries Up

The weather in Western Canada this spring has really been unbelievable. With portions of March that felt like June and an April that felt like January, farmers have been stalled in the field. Many tractors and seeders were trapped in snow drifts for a couple weeks and many people were without power a couple times…. Read More

Mother's Day on the Farm is Everyday

This weekend is Mothers Day which means many farm families will be spending some very valued time together.  Mothers fill some very vital roles in the faming operation.  Some moms run tractors, some mom’s do all the administrative work, and some mom’s make sure the harvest crew is fed.  In many farm families that I… Read More

Has the Cold Wet Weather Affected the Emerged Spring Crops?

Have you ever heard the phrase the early bird gets the worm?  This year the early bird may have reseed….or maybe not.  It is probably to early to tell until the weather warms up but it is hard to be that patient.  For areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta that have been seeded the crops… Read More

Canola School: What is the Ideal Seeding Rate?

So far we have addressed seeding speed and seeding depth.  The last piece of this seeding triangle is the seeding rate.  Whether you are seeding canola, corn, soybeans or canola you need to make sure that you are seeding at a rate that allows you to get the proper emergence.  As Derwyn Hammond, Canola Council of… Read More

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard about the fog 90 days ago causing all this spring time moisture I would be getting rather wealthy at this point.  For those of you that have never heard the prediction it goes as follows.  Ninety days after a fog you are guaranteed rain. … Read More

Wheat School: Identifying Growth Stage 31

No matter what crop you are growing, knowing the growth stage of the planst is integral to making the right decisions. Are you spraying herbicides or fungicides or applying growth regulators? Well timing is critical nd all of that timing is derived by the stage of the crop. Depending on where you farm in Canada… Read More

My Weekend At the Horse Show

Last week I had to attend a horse show in Red Deer with my wife.  For those of you that know me well, you are fully aware that I am by no means a cowboy or even a hobby horse person.  I used to own a pair of cowboy boots but I sold them in… Read More

 

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