Category: Agronomy

Pulse School: Preventing damage by the pea leaf weevil

As peas and fababeans emerge, at least one potentially devastating pest already has made an appearance — the pea leaf weevil. In this Pulse School episode, we talk about how to deal with the weevils if you are seeing them now, economic thresholds for control, and how to avoid them in the future. Pulse research… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 24: Insect alerts, head snag, and delayed corn strategies

As corn planting moves along in Ontario, the list of issues to deal with in the field is also progressing, as RealAg agronomist Peter Johnson has a pair of insect alerts on this week’s Word. Unfortunately there’s also been some frost in parts of the country, and Wheat Pete walks us through how to assess the… Read more »

The 10 most troublesome weeds in broadleaf crops

After surveying nearly 200 weed scientists across Canada and the U.S., the Weed Science Society of America published its top ten list of “most troublesome” weeds in broadleaf crops this week. Fortunately, the most troublesome weed has not been found in Canada (yet), but there are certainly some familiar foes on this list. (Maybe there’s… Read more »

Soybean School: Planting on corn rows costs money

It pays to steer clear of those corn rows when planting soybeans. In this episode of RealAgriculture Soybean School, Syngenta agronomist Eric Richter explains that planting directly on, or too close to, last year’s corn row produces seed mortality rates between 50% to 80%. He notes that it really doesn’t matter whether growers are pulling… Read more »

Soybean School: Should you plant now and spray later?

With fields drying out and warming up soybean planting is moving full steam ahead in Ontario. In many cases the spring conditions are dictating that farmers take a ‘plant now, spray later’ approach. It’s an obvious choice, but the challenge for many is how to manage fast-growing, large weeds that can quickly take a bite out… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 17: Western Canada leads #plant17, leaf burn woes, and crusting corn

Cork-screw corn, good-looking western spring crops, heat unit discrepancies — it’s been a wild week of major seeding progress in Western Canada, while much of Ontario’s planting progress has been hamstrung with extremely cold and wet weather. Some Ontario farmers, including Wheat Pete’s Word host Peter Johnson, are on to plan C for field prep as rain… Read more »

We can thank technology for 24% of the U.S. corn crop being planted in one week

Have you ever looked across the road at the neighbour and thought, “Man, he has a lot of equipment for the acres he farms!” I think that conversation must be happening more than we think because the USDA has reported that corn planting is 71% complete in the U.S. That’s 1% ahead of the long-term… Read more »

Alberta Wheat Commission launches wheat yield challenge

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) wants you to “Be The Wheat Champion” in its new contest. AWC launched the contest so farmers can have some fun in trying to become the “most productive wheat grower” in Alberta. Entry to the contest is free, and Brian Kennedy, grower relations with AWC, says that the inspiration for this came… Read more »

One-pass applications save time in a late spring

When unfavourable soil conditions arise, many growers look to one-pass applications to save time. One-pass seeding, however, isn’t just for when conditions are poor. In fact, a one-pass system can work for different soil conditions and areas, even when conditions are favourable. Ray Dowbenko, senior specialist of agronomy with Agrium, says that putting your seed and… Read more »

Soybean School: Monitor seed size variation between varieties and seed lots

The race is on in many areas — and hopefully soon will be in others — to get this year’s soybean crop in the ground. It’s critical to make some pit-stops along the way to adjust the planter or drill for optimum performance, as covered in this Soybean School episode. Seed size can vary widely,… Read more »

Canola School: Options for seeding canola in wet conditions

For some farmers in some southern parts of Western Canada, seeding is starting to wrap up. But others are still have the challenge of getting last year’s crop off, all while trying to get this year’s crop in the ground. In this Canola School episode, we talk to Brittany Hennig, agronomy specialist for the Canola Council of… Read more »

Wheat School: Nitrogen stays put in cold, wet conditions

It’s been cold and it’s been raining… and raining. Does your wheat crop need more nitrogen? The answer is no, according to agronomist Peter Johnson. In this edition of RealAgriculture Wheat School, Johnson says despite the weather growers who have already applied 120 to 130 pounds of nitrogen to fields should be in good shape…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, May 10: Quality forage timing, cold temp fallout, and two-pass fungicide strategy

This week’s (almost!) cross-Canada Wheat Pete’s Word is packed full of great questions, worries about cold temperatures, solid timely answers on field management, and at least one alert, alert, alert! Your host Peter Johnson tackles questions on harvesting cereal rye (soon! this week!) while keeping compaction in mind, if corn seed is going to be… Read more »

Corn School: No second chances for hitting your population target

Planting season can be a busy, chaotic time, but not paying attention to details, such as variation in seed size, can be costly and impact yield potential for the rest of the growing season. “There are no second chances as it relates to population. What you put in the ground now is what will make your… Read more »

BASF presents: The Straight Cutting Experience

Listen as canola growers and industry experts from across Western Canada discuss their straight cutting experiences and tips in this five-part podcast series presented by BASF. You won’t want to miss it. In episode 1 we’ll hear from Lee Erikson of Alberta. Since taking a stab at straight cutting almost 30 years ago, Lee was… Read more »