Category: Inoculant

How Do I Choose Which Product To Use? – Darren Hefty, AgPhd

Deciding which product to use is not easy. Depending on the category, the plethora of products or services is extensive and noisy. Whether it is biologicals, precision agriculture, or seed enhancements, to name a few, it can be very difficult to try and figure out which products are the best fit for your farm. At… Read more »

Pulse School: Top 5 Tips for a Great Lentil Crop

There’s plenty of excitement surrounding lentils heading into the 2016 growing season, with record acres expected. In this Pulse School episode, Shannon Chant of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture shares her top five tips for a good (or even great) lentil crop: 5 Tips for a Great Lentil Crop 1. Good quality seed — Of course… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word for Late April: A Dry Spell, Basis Moves, Tank Mix Reminders & Soybeans on Virgin Ground

We’re about to flip the calendar to May, and, perhaps surprisingly, soil moisture is becoming a bit of an issue for those rolling in the fields, says Peter Johnson, in this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word. What can you do about soil that’s drying out too quickly? Well, you’re doing to have to adjust planting depth… Read more »

Soybean School West: Seeding Rate, Inoculant and Seed Treatment Decisions

Soybean planting time brings with it a number of decisions — what’s the optimal seeding rate? Which inoculants should be used, and should they be doubled up? What about seed treatment? Is a seed treatment with insecticide needed? As part of this Soybean School West episode, Kristen Podolsky of the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers… Read more »

Opportunities in Seed Coating Draw Major Investment From BrettYoung

Growth in the area of seed treating and coating has led turf and seed company BrettYoung to build a new multi-million dollar, 28 thousand square foot seed coating facility in the southwest corner of Winnipeg. A grand opening for the seed treatment plant, which has annual capacity exceeding 50 million pounds, was held on Tuesday…. Read more »

Teens Win Google Science Prize for N-Fixing in Cereal Crops

The concept of nitrogen fixation in cereal crops is getting some mainstream attention after a trio of 16 year-olds from Ireland won an international prize for their work with nitrogen-fixing bacteria in wheat, barley and oats. The prizes for the 2014 Google Science Fair — the world’s largest science competition for teenagers — were handed… Read more »

Pulse School: Nodulation No-Show? Tips for a Rescue N App

Ensuring adequate nodulation starts with choosing the correct inoculant, keeping it alive prior to seeding and getting good coverage or placement. But what happens if, for any number of reasons, your pulse crop ends up with less than great nodules? What if you’ve got nodules that never pink up or seem to die off? In… Read more »

Tips for Inoculating Soybeans for the Prairies’ Spring Conditions

Should you double up on soybean inoculant? Do you go full rates of both or half? Should you worry about some sort of extender if the soybeans sit for three weeks before popping up? For farmers (and ground!) new to growing soybeans, there are several things to consider when inoculating soybeans ahead of the growing… Read more »

Pulse School: Which Input is the Most Important for Max Pea Yields?

Which input do you think is the most critical to a pea crop’s success — starter N, inoculant type, fungicide seed treatment or seeding rate?  If you guessed seeding rate, you get a gold star, but by how much and what impact, if any, do these other inputs have on maximizing pea yields? Those answers… Read more »

Soybean School West: Choosing an Inoculant (or two) & Avoiding Common Pitfalls

Inoculating soybeans properly and with the appropriate product is one of the top two important decisions that factor into the success of the crop (variety selection for your region is the first). A 40-bushel an acre crop will require roughly 200 pounds of nitrogen per acre — properly inoculated soybeans will fix the lion’s share… Read more »

Pulse School: 3 Ways to Maximize Inoculant Performance

Sliding pulses into rotation is a great way to bump up your crop rotation benefits, adds marketing and cash flow options and also adds nitrogen credits for subsequent crops. All that being said, the delivery of that added N is only possible if pulse seed is properly inoculated ahead of going in the ground or… Read more »

Soybean School – Nodulation, The Fruit of Inoculation

We’ve talked before about the power of inoculants in establishing a healthy plant. Hearing is one thing, but in most cases seeing is believing. Right now is a great time to get out in the field and see if that inoculant has done its job. SEE MORE SOYBEAN SCHOOL. There is no substitute for getting… Read more »

Pulse School – Roots – Assessing The Brain of the Plant

Roots are the brains of all crop types, including pulse crops.  Inoculants play a key role in making sure the root fixes nitrogen properly in the soil.  Healthy roots mean a healthy plant and the opportunity to create yield above ground. Making an agronomic decision without the proper follow up is really making stabs in… Read more »

Wheat School: The Importance of On-Farm Trials – Josh Fankhauser

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 »

Pulse School: Don’t Lose Inoculant Bacteria Counts by Being Careless

When using inoculants, time is one of the most critical factors affecting your products performance. The reason for that is the fact that those inoculants contain living organisms that can only survive outside the soil for a limited time. Depending on the formulation and application of of that inoculant, that time frame can vary. The… Read more »