GPS has become  a major component of in-tractor technology.  For many of the applications of GPS, once you have them you sometimes wonder how you did certain things before hand.  Auto-steer is one of those GPS applications that has received lots of marketing and as time moves on more and more farmers are experiencing the… Read More

Precision agriculture has become a much more popular production management on many farms in Canada.  One of the newer precision technologies in the marketplace is precision irrigation.  The idea is very similar to other variable rate technologies which allow for the prescription applications of inputs.  In this case its about applying water to your crop… Read More

By Dr. Cami Ryan, University of Saskatchewan Currently on hiatus in Perth and working on a research project with the Institute of Agriculture at University of Western Australia (UWA), I had the opportunity to the attend Crop Updates 2011. Crop Updates 2011 is Western Australia’s premier agronomic event and is sponsored by the Department of… Read More

Farmers across the globe continue to try and improve wheat production.  Higher yields and environmental stewardship continue to evolve and be achieved.  One of the best ways to learn new practices and raise your personal knowledge of agronomy is to look at other production practices around the globe.  A deeper look into how fellow farmers… Read More

For many farmers conservations agriculture is like old hat.  Many of us would never consider going back to recreational tillage.  In many areas of the world conservation agriculture is in it’s infancy.  In fact many Canadian farmers are just beginning to scratch the surface of no-till and other conservation methods.  With increased focus on environmental… Read More

No matter what industry you are involved in, striving for efficiency is critical for lowering costs. If you can gain efficiency and increase productivity you are really achieving a win win. Precision agriculture provides the opportunity to achieve both improved efficiency and increased productivity with the same application. Most of the early focus was on… Read More

With the significant moisture that we are going to carry over into 2011 many farmers are very concerned about disease in their special crops. Specifically lentil disease were the concern at CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon.  Lentils can be a very high reward crop but managing in crop disease is definitely critical in order to get… Read More

Trying to maximize the yield of wheat, corn, canola and soybeans is obviously a key focus of growers.  According to Phil Needham, Needham Ag Technologies uniformity is the key for farmers across North America.  The idea of uniformity applies to seeding depth, seeding rates, plant emergence and residue management.  According to Phil, uniformity is the… Read More

With the increased focus spraying fungicides and foliar application, nozzle technology is gaining increased attention. Whether its low pressure, high pressure, big droplet, small droplet, fan or cone, nozzle selection incredibly important to getting effective coverage and impact. At CropWeek 2011 in Saskatoon, Gary Moffat talked to me about nozzle technology and what kind of… Read More

I was in a meeting today and an Ontario farmer said that its not hard for corn seed retailers to corn seed this year. Corn is in an intense battle for acres with soybeans across North America and Ontario is no different. With corn being a profitable cropping choice for farmers in 2011 it is… Read More

CropWeek in Saskatoon is always a very informative week long trip. There were some definite themes and highlights that everyone could pull from the event. With the farm show and all the grower meetings happening in one city in one week, there is plenty to discuss and talk about.  Whether its the good the bad… Read More

 

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