Category: Harvest

Wheat School: Late nitrogen pumps up protein and profits

Surging wheat markets mean there’s plenty of profit potential in high protein wheat, and Peter Johnson has some tips to help you cash in on those premiums. In this episode of RealAgriculture Wheat School, Johnson, our resident agronomist and shameless wheat promoter, shares protein management insights for growers in Western Canada and spring wheat growers… Read more »

Episode 3: The Straight Cutting Experience from BASF

Take control back at harvest. Despite being new to straight cutting, Mark and Matt Ferguson have already seen a lot of progress. After trying the practice with a shatter-resistant variety on a small number of acres, they gained the confidence to expand to a larger number of acres. Find out how the Ferguson’s use straight… Read more »

Episode 2: The Straight Cutting Experience from BASF

Five steps. Unlimited opportunities. Straight cutting has been a part of Kris and Bernie Klammer’s operation since the 80’s. And it’s clear why. After seeing success over several years, they decided to straight cut 100% of their acres in 2016 and plan to do the same in 2017. Hear their valuable advice on fertility, pre-harvest… 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 »

Camso Offers Bolt-On Speed for Tracked Combines

Looking to get more road speed out of your tracked combine as you move from field to field? Camso believes it has the solution you’ve been looking for in its new Conversion Track System – CTS High Speed. The system was recently unveiled at the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. In this… Read more »

AccuTurn Makes Headland Turning Hands-Free

Case IH wants to help farmers take the guesswork out of turning on headlands. The company says tractor operators can now use its new AccuTurn automatic headland turning technology to navigate hands-free, automatic, repeatable turns for increased productivity and reduced operator fatigue. Case IH unveiled the Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) auto guidance technology last week… Read more »

Wanted: Snowed-On Canola Samples

How will the early snow in Alberta and Saskatchewan affect the quality of canola that was (or is) still in the field? Generally, moisture — whatever form it’s in — has less impact on the quality of the oilseed versus a cereal crop, but it turns out the impact of snow on canola quality has not… Read more »

Canola School: Babysitting High-Maintenance Canola in the Bin

As if canola harvest hasn’t been hard enough with all the snow and rain, the work won’t end when this crop enters the bin. It’s going to require some babysitting. “Number one when you’re taking off tough grain like this is it’s not ‘put it away and forget it’. It’s a 24-hour job type of thing…. Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, November 2 — Stuffed Elevators, Double Crop Delights, Good Science, & Sunflower Seeds

Despite a tough year, there are reports of Ontario elevators running at full capacity or right full. Some farmers are reporting a record wheat and soybean year, which explains the full delivery points, but as harvest winds down many farmers will be happy with average, at best. That’s where we start with this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word,… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 26 — A New World in Seed Treatments (again), High Test Weights, & Strip-Till vs No-Till Beans

Harvest is rocking and rolling for most corn and soybean growers in Ontario save for @WheatPete himself who took an equipment breakdown as a chance to get the Word done early this week. This week’s Wheat Pete’s Word covers a lot of ground, including the why behind high test weight corn, the nitrogen connection to high… Read more »

Ode to the Harvest Buggy Driver

Is there a hierarchy of jobs on the farm? Especially at harvest, is the combine driver king/queen, with each supporting role moving down the totem pole? We’re half-kidding, of course, but recently there’s been some (mostly in fun) banter about who does what at harvest, like this: Harvest Facts The Combine Operator is a psychopath…. Read more »

Canola School: Harvesting Snow-Bound and Frozen Canola

It might only be the middle of October, but it looks and feels like winter in parts of Western Canada, especially as you move north and west in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Snow and freezing rain have left many canola growers with a helpless feeling as crop that was ready to be harvested is now under… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 19: Soybean Plot Results, Plant Green Penalties, & WBC Woes

Hang on and let’s go — it’s time for this week’s episode of Wheat Pete’s Word on RealAgriculture.com! To start this week, Peter Johnson, resident agronomist and life-long Wild Man, shares a neat stay-awake reminder for all y’all out there harvesting. Bottom line? Stay safe, and let’s get this crop in the bin. From there,… Read more »

Corn School: Harvest Quickly to Fend off Steep Downgrades

Ontario’s corn crop is showing high vomitoxin levels and growers are being urged to harvest as quickly as possible to preserve corn quality. Last week, the OMAFRA Field Crops team revealed that 26% of the samples taken in its annual vomitoxin survey had DON concentrations of 2.0 ppm or greater. At these levels, vomitoxin produced… Read more »

The Frozen Harvest — Images of Alberta’s Ice Storm

Just east of Westlock, Alberta, whole fields of standing canola are encased in ice. This latest storm that rolled through late Saturday night was insult added to the injury of five to ten inches of snow that fell Friday, October 14, 2016. These scenes at Westlock aren’t rare right now: huge areas of central and northern… Read more »