Category: Crop Schools

SpeedTube Increases Speed and Accuracy for White Planters

How fast can you drive the new 9800VE Series White Planters and still maintain precision seed placement accuracy? RealAgriculture got the scoop from AGCO’s strategic marketing manager Tom Draper last week at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. It was the first opportunity for farmers to take a closer look at the… Read more »

Wheat School: Hanging Tough Through Thaw and Freeze

Will your wheat survive all the thawing and freezing during this up and down Ontario winter? It’s a question Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson hears every day. “I always get calls from guys asking, ‘Did the wheat break dormancy? If it gets cold is it going to die?’ The simple answer is no – your… Read more »

Wheat School: Making a Case for Perennial Wheat

Are you tired of planting wheat every year? What if you only had to plant the crop every four years? If those questions spark your interest, you won’t want to miss this episode of Real Agriculture’s Wheat School featuring Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research scientist Jamie Larsen. He’s working to develop perennial wheat that would grow… Read more »

Corn School: Late Emergers Struggle in Flag Test

Corn plants do indeed yield less when they emerge one day after their neighbour. What’s more, the yield gap widens even further for later emergers. That’s the bottom line on the 2016 Real Agriculture flag test research,conducted by resident agronomist Peter Johnson. In this episode of Corn School, Johnson tells co-host Bernard Tobin that, based… Read more »

Corn School: Making Your Precision Planter More Profitable

The marriage of agronomy and data really can deliver better profits for growers wedded to precision planting technology. That was the message from the A-Team – Pride Seeds agronomist Aaron Stevanus and Veritas agronomist Aaron Breimer – earlier this month when they spoke to growers at the Southwest Agricultural Conference at the University of Guelph’s… Read more »

Wheat School: Bigger Yields Aren’t Always Better

Does it make sense to grow more bushels per acre of wheat? Only if it’s more profitable, says agronomist David Shortall. In this episode of Wheat School, Real Agriculture agronomist Peter Johnson talks with Shortall, a native of Ireland, who now works for Cargill in Ontario. They discuss the results of a recent case study… Read more »

Wheat School: Rating Fusarium Tolerance Performance

Do wheat varieties perform in line with the ratings provided during the registration process? When it comes to fusarium head blight tolerance, the short answer is yes, but the long answer is it depends on the year. Holly Derksen, plant pathologist with Manitoba Agriculture, explains that the province has been tracking resistance performance of wheat… Read more »

Pulse School: Pulse Crop Rotation Options in the Face of Root Rots

Tough to say and even harder to control, aphanomyces has the potential to significantly reduce pea and lentil yields, and can stick around in the soil for an extremely long time. It’s recommended that farmers not plant pea or lentil for five to six years if aphanomyces has been confirmed in a field, but that’s… Read more »

Soybean School: These Aren’t Your Grandpa’s Varieties

How have soybeans changed over the past century, and what can growers learn from this evolution? Purdue University agronomy professor Shaun Casteel has some answers. Speaking at the recent Ontario Certified Crop Advisor annual conference, Casteel shared insights from his research comparing varieties from 1923 to those available in 2011. In this episode of Real… Read more »

Canola School: Blackleg Resistance Gene Labels On the Way

Canola seed in Canada could soon come with a label describing the variety’s blackleg disease resistance package, similar to the labeling system used in Australia. After around four years of discussions between seed companies, researchers, and growers, an agreement-in-principle has been reached on blackleg resistance labeling, says Clint Jurke, agronomy director with the Canola Council of Canada,… Read more »

Corn School: Taking a Bite Out of Western Bean Cutworm

Western bean cutworm took a big bite out of many Ontario cornfields in 2016 as high populations of the pest caused increased levels of fusarium and gibberella ear rot. With the pest expected to overwinter and be a threat again in 2017, many growers are asking whether they need to spray and when. Real Agriculture… Read more »

Seven Corn Management Ideas for 2017

Put two great corn minds together and you come up with seven corn management concepts to help you boost yields in 2017. University of Guelph professor Dr. David Hooker and Maizex agronomist Greg Stewart shared the results of their brainstorm with growers attending the recent Southwest Agricultural Conference, held at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown… Read more »

Soybean School: Crop Input Lessons from Iowa Farmers

What impact do fungicides, plant population, and row spacing have on your soybean yields? The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) has been working with growers in the state for years to help assess the impact of crop inputs and management options. In this episode of Soybean School, ISA researcher Tristan Mueller joins Real Agriculture’s Bernard Tobin… Read more »

Wheat School: Understanding Those Higher Yields in Your Fields

Every wheat farmer has watched with glee as the number on their yield monitor jumps 20 to 50 bushels as the combine travels through the field. In this episode of Real Agriculture Wheat School, agronomist Phil Needham of Needham AG Technologies offers advice on how farmers can drill down through yield maps and soil tests… Read more »

Corn School: Who are the Most Profitable Corn Growers?

Who are the most profitable corn growers? The answer to this question is really quite simple, says Ken Ferrie, one of North America’s leading agronomists and crop consultants. The most profitable corn growers are those who most effectively manage the big three crop production variables: sunlight, water, and nutrients. An independent agronomist, the Illinois-based Ferrie… Read more »