Category: Crop Schools

Canola School: What Has Clubroot Taught the Canola Industry?

The clubroot problem is growing, and it’s not a matter that can be avoided any more. So what has the canola industry at large learned from clubroot? I discussed the clubroot issue with Clint Jurke of the Canola Council of Canada and found a number of things that we’ve learned from the experience. First, we have found that… Read more »

Canola School: What’s Right? Charts or Fundamentals?

          Are you having trouble looking down the line at the canola markets? You’re not alone. There are a number of sources sending mixed signals to producers. On one hand when we look at the charts, we see that the January-March futures indicate a strong sell (according to Barchart). On the… Read more »

Corn School: Tips on Proper Corn Storage

Once your corn is in storage, the story isn’t over. There are still some aspects that need controlling and monitoring in order to maintain the value and quality of your crop. Conditioning your corn isn’t as simple as turning on the fan. Proper airflow is essential to even and effective aeration of your crop. Anything… Read more »

Corn School: Drying Your Corn Effectively

In a year like this, drying your corn properly can involve some legwork. Periods of rain, varying maturities and other harvest delays can all cause variations in the moisture content of your crop. If those variations aren’t addressed properly, they can have an impact on overall quality and test weight. Things like proper calibration of… Read more »

The Soybean School is Coming Soon!!!

          More details are coming soon on the SOYBEAN SCHOOL.

Corn School – Ontario Farmers Comment On Corn Yields

Corn harvest is underway for most of Ontario and farmers are starting to get a rough estimate of what their corn will yield. For those producers not waiting on the rain, half a day in the combine can give you an idea of the size and quality of your crop. This week on the Corn… Read more »

Canola School: Conditioning & Monitoring Canola is Critical in a Canola Storage Plan

Canola is a valuable crop with a growing number of acres planted every year. Getting those big acres off the field sometimes requires an early start when things maybe aren’t quite ready. How you store that canola then becomes a critical issue if you want to keep that crop from spoiling or degrading. There are… Read more »

Canola School: Clubroot is Spreading in Alberta

Recent reports from the Canola Council of Canada have shown the slow movement of clubroot into previously uninfected areas of Alberta. That information, while concerning, should not really come as a surprise to farmers in the province. Conditions have been optimal for the speed of clubroot in Alberta this year based on the very wet… Read more »

Corn School: Controling Red Clover in the Fall in Ontario

Red clover planted after your winter wheat harvest provides huge advantages to growers in Ontario.   A good stand of red clover can be extremely beneficial in preparing your land for spring planting. To be able to enjoy those benefits however, that stand of red clover has to be managed properly. One of the key factors involved in… Read more »

Wheat School: The Benefits of Starter Fertilizer in Ontario

What kind of benefit if any can we expect to see from placing fertilizer in with our seed? The question we lead off with in this episode of the Wheat School is: Starter fertilizer: Myth or Real? What follows is a solid case for the benefits of starter fertilizer from OMAFRA Cereal Expert Peter Johnson…. Read more »

Canola School: Western Harvest Update

When we talk about harvest across the prairies, you can’t use a blanket term to cover any one province unless that comment is “variable”. In terms of exactly how much of harvest is done, some areas in the Alberta and Manitoba are finished while areas in the Northern Alberta haven’t even started yet. Yields for… Read more »

Corn School : Will My Corn Finish?

Will it or won’t it? That’s the question on the mind of a great deal of Ontario farmers. Will that late planted corn finish? It’s a question that rests on a number of factors that tend to revolve around variety characteristics, geography, weather and of course, date planted. It’s also a question we thought could… Read more »

Wheat School: Fall Weed Control in Winter Wheat – Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Is fall a good time to look at weed control in your winter wheat? Pre-plant weed control is an option that most farmers don’t exercise. The reason has a lot to do with the business of the season. Harvest is in full swing depending what you’re growing and farmers have to balance that with trying… Read more »

Wheat School: How Late Can I Seed Winter Wheat in Ontario

With a great deal of soybeans being planted later than normal, harvest is pushed back as well this year. This in turn pushes winter wheat planting back. But just how late is too late when it comes to planting winter wheat in Ontario? What impact will that late planting have on yields and emergence? How… Read more »

Corn School : The Variables of the Fall 2011 Corn Market – Moe Agostino, Farms.com

What will the corn market look like as we head into harvest? What are those key factors that will affect the market between now and Christmas? Weather is one of those elements always in play as temperatures threaten to impact quality in areas of the U.S.. Demand is another factor keeping analysts on their toes… Read more »