Dormancy or hard seed counts in peas is not a new phenomenon, but, interestingly, pea germination samples last year and again this year have had higher than usual hard seed counts. Hard seed is seed that has an impermeable seed coat — the seed is impermeable to water or the exchange of gases that occur… Read More

Whatever your reason for planting a cover crop — for ground cover, for grazing or putting up feed or for N capture — there’s a long list of options. Add in the choice of a second, third or more species and the combinations are endless. Planting two or more species may provide expanded options for… Read More

Ah, October — when farmers’ thoughts turn to fall field work, turkey dinners and canola seed.  2012 was a tough year for the oilseed, there’s no doubt, but a difficult growing season can really highlight the strengths and weaknesses in your canola seed genetics. While some will stick with the tried and true, others are… Read More

When we consider the effects of dry weather, we tend to think mostly about germination and seeding, but the effects of prolonged dry conditions reach into other areas we may not consider. One of those secondary areas includes fall fertilizer application, in particular, anhydrous ammonia. While the Thanksgiving weekend finally delivered some much needed moisture… Read More

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in harvested canola fields this fall. It might be because canola started coming off in late August or that there were so many acres this year that almost every second field is canola stubble, but whatever the reason, I’ve noticed most fields have a few things in common…. Read More

The Tillage Radish has piqued the interest of both eastern and western farmers. While cover crops are far more common in the east, western Canadian farmers are warming up to the usefulness of oilseed radish and the Tillage Radish. It’s a versatile crop — the Tillage Radish creates massive roots that can break up hardpan,… Read More

Whether it’s to fix nitrogen, protect against erosion or to do both these and provide grazing or green feed, cover crops are a key component of Ontario crop rotations. While many farmers are content with oats, red clover or ryegrass, the options for cover crops are seemingly endless. Christine Brown, cover crops specialist with OMAFRA,… Read More

A shot of glyphosate post-harvest and just before winter is the ideal way to gain control of perennials and winter annuals. Controlling them in the fall is effective because perennial weeds, such as Canada thistle and dandelions, are beginning to shut down for winter and are actively trans-locating sugars from the leaves to the roots to… Read More

 

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