As evolution should dictate, there are substantial benefits to social behaviour in animals, provided that behaviour increases their fitness (or likelihood to reproduce). We see unique social behaviour in many species, including ourselves and our bovine counterparts. In cattle, social behaviours range from grooming to bonding, and witnessed accounts of cows protecting their young and… Read More

Adopting warm season crops,  like corn, in cool season areas, like Western Canada, takes time, patience and adaptation. The first crucial step is access to shorter season varieties, which we’ve got, but from there the nutrient/pest/harvest management trial and error learning has to follow. Hear & download more Agronomy Geeks podcasts by clicking here Grain… Read More

As Ontario farmers get home from Southwest Ag Conference and FarmSmart, everyone is probably getting itchy for spring. The only thing maybe holding us back is the horrible snow storms that we have been getting. Planting does seem far away but like always at this time of year it is closer than we think. In… Read More

Every year as the calendar turns to a new year, the Southwest Ag Conference greets us with two days of learning and networking with agricultural colleagues.  Due to travel issues into Toronto, Shaun Haney attended SWAC via twitter from the Las Vegas airport while Ontario Field Editor, Bern Tobin took in the event in person… Read More

It’s calving season. You waited – we’ve delivered! Our second podcast is up and available for download! This podcast features an interview with Travis Peardon, a livestock specalist with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, about how last year’s harsh winter is still affecting ranch management. The rest of the podcast is a blur of activity,… Read More

Every conference season, presentation after presentation reminds farmers of the cost of too-short crop rotations. Increased disease pressure, insect infestations and nutrient depletion of soil all weigh on yields in tight rotations. Agronomic decisions like these commonly play in to the decision on what to seed next on each field, but 2014 is shaping up… Read More

 

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