Contour drainage can sure draw a crowd. More than 400 people travelled to a drainage innovation field day last weekend at the Huronview Demonstration Farm at Clinton, Ont. The stars of the show were new contour and controlled tile drainage systems with surface drainage terraces. These systems will provide research insights on how these systems… Read More

Ontario’s cool spring is having a huge impact on the soil release of nitrogen. RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson says he’s seen the impact on the wheat crop already, and growers will have to keep a sharp eye on nitrogen soil tests to ensure they’re meeting the needs of the growing corn crop. In this Corn… Read More

Ten years of soil data suggests that regardless of soil texture, pH, or crop rotation, there’s one thing that impacts soil carbon more than anything else — temperature. Dr. Ed Gregorich, soil research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) based at Ottawa, Ont., is drawing on data from a long-term, national soil study. Gregorich… Read More

Setterington’s Fertilizer Service Ltd, part of the Agromart Group, has announced it has achieved 4R certification in Ontario through the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. The Cottam branch of Setterington’s is the third agriculture nutrient service provider to achieve certification in the province. Setterington’s is in the Western Lake Erie Basin. “We encourage growers who… Read More

For anyone that’s ever done an agriculture diploma or degree, there’s likely a course that elicited groans when you’d see it on the schedule. For some it’s likely communications, for others maybe statistics, but for many it’s soil science. That was the case for Marla Riekman, which is ironic, given that she now serves as… Read More

North Carolina farmer Russell Hedrick is trying to make money in agriculture. That’s one of the reason’s why the first-generation farmer, who started with just 30 acres in 2012, believes in farming for profit, not max yield. Fast forward to 2018, and Hedrick’s operation has grown to more than 800 acres while his crop inputs… Read More

The Ontario Soil Network (OSN), a farmer-led extension effort, now has a second group of 40 farmers from across the province who will work to adopt and promote soil-building best management practices. The group kicked off the two-year peer-to-peer knowledge exchange in Kingston last month. Framed as a leadership challenge, the participants seek to increase the adoption… Read More

A collection of 110 soil monoliths dating back to the 1950s was recently donated by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to Lethbridge College. The donation, said to be worth more than $240,000, will be used as a resource and teaching tool by the college. The history behind the collection is quite mysterious, according to Dr. Francois Eudes, Alberta director… Read More

The theoretical yield of soybeans varies depending on who you talk to, but by all accounts the oilseed should be able to top 300 bushels per acre. For growers who deal with the reality of growing the crop in Ontario, a more realistic target is 80 bu/ac, says Syngenta agronomist Eric Richter. With the 2018… Read More