Agriculture isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Arizona, in fact it may not even be the tenth thing. The climate can be harsh and unforgiving when you’re lacking those essential elements. But when those missing pieces of the puzzle are provided, all that sun can be turned into growing… Read More

On-farm trials are an exercise not widely pursued by farmers in general. What’s unfortunate about that is the fact that most farmers could stand to benefit greatly from adopting some type of on-farm trial. The reason being that a lot of manufacturer trials are limited in scope for financial reasons. They may perform fewer location… Read More

There is a lot of money to be made in agricultural inputs these days and some companies do so by marketing products that offer little benefit agronomically to help your operation or bottom line. When attempting to try out some of these new products that include foliar sprays, seed primers and canola pod seal be… Read More

We’ve talked before about the importance of soil tilth in contributing to corn yields. The logic behind it is fairly simple. The easier it is for root structure to grow and spread out, the more access to nutrients, water, etc. Not only that, but the effect compounds itself over time as those roots decay and… Read More

There are big strides to be made in the area of soybean yields. A big part of increasing those yields comes from from finding out what’s holding your plants back. The truth is that their is a wide range of limiting factors that vary from field to field. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with intricate details… Read More

A good crop starts with good quality seed. As far as choosing that seed goes, most producers make that choice based on two factors, germ and vigour. Those two things are critical, but they don’t tell the whole story. The truth is that there are other unseen things that, if unaddressed can have a major… Read More

As far as cover crops go, red clover is a no-brainer. That according to OMAFRA wheat specialist Peter Johnson. It’s a statement that seems to be backed up by a lot of facts. The first being its ability to provide ample amounts of nitrogen and organic matter to the soil. A good stand of red… Read More

In this episode of the Corn School we talk with OMAFRA Corn Specialist Greg Stewart talks about the 4 year project undertaken to look at the benefits of starter fertilizer on corn. The study looked at all manner of formulations, applications and combinations. The major conclusion of the study showed the importance of potash levels… Read More

With precision agriculture becoming more mainstream, its apparent that farmers are looking to every means possible to increase production and gain an edge. Micro-Nutrients may be one of those missing pieces of the puzzle when it comes to gaining that edge. Micro-Nutrient companies are on the rise in the U.S. and are starting to show… Read More

Inputs prices are high and so are crop prices. Managing costs and yields is critical to success on your farm.  With commodity prices high you cannot settle for average yields. The use of variable rate precision ag products and services helps farmers to do just that.  Placing the inputs in the intended prescribed areas has… Read More

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