It’s nearly Christmas and finally — finally! — corn harvest is done for many, but there are actually many acres of soybeans still yet to be harvested in Ontario. Could soybean seeding be impacted? It’s quite possible given some fields that are still left out are seed crops. Peter Johnson, host of Wheat Pete’s Word, is… Read More

The idea of spraying with drones has gained interest as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become more common in farming over the past few years. In concept, UAV sprayers could identify and target weeds, and then apply herbicide autonomously in specific areas of a field. The technology for spraying with a drone is available and… Read More

If ever you’ve tried to communicate something you’ve learned or something you’ve experienced, you may have realized quickly that being an engaging communicator is actually quite difficult. Some are born with a talent for riveting storytelling, others work diligently to learn new ways to capture the audiences’ attention. And some, like Peter Johnson, are an… Read More

Tiles, tillers, and tests. In this week’s episode of the Word, host Peter Johnson covers everything from tile drainage systems plugging with roots, to managing tillering in wheat, and variability in organic matter tests. Plus: even non-clay soils can compact… Have a question you’d like Johnson to address? Or some yield results to send in?… Read More

Ontario’s soils are losing organic matter. What builds organic matter? Perennial and forage species! But if you’re going to plant perennial hay or pasture, you have to have something to feed it to or you won’t be farming long enough to see the value of the added organic matter. And that’s a slight problem, as… Read More

There’s consensus that healthy soils with higher organic matter deliver a range of benefits from supplying nutrients, to building soil structure, to increasing water-holding capacity, and reducing erosion. But are enough farmers taking the required steps to increase soil health and organic matter? United States Department of Agriculture research agronomist Shannon Osbourne believes a stronger working… Read More

I truly believe that in your career you get the chance to meet a handful of people that you aspire to be more like. We all have that list of people in our head that inspire us, motivate us and push us to be better because they do the same. When I first started RealAgriculture… Read More

Producers can, and will, continue asking the age-old rhetorical question about why anyone thinks they are, or would be, insensitive to the environment when (unlike most people) they and their families actually live where they work. And although it’s a valid question, I get a feeling that the way our what’s-in-it-for-me society has evolved, logic… Read More

Ontario corn planting isn’t finished, but it’s probably done. With more rain sweeping across the province – and pushing total spring accumulation to record levels in many areas – it’s unlikely that farmers will be planting corn when things dry out, says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) corn lead Ben Rosser…. Read More

This week’s (almost!) cross-Canada Wheat Pete’s Word is packed full of great questions, worries about cold temperatures, solid timely answers on field management, and at least one alert, alert, alert! Your host Peter Johnson tackles questions on harvesting cereal rye (soon! this week!) while keeping compaction in mind, if corn seed is going to be… Read More

It’s agronomy Monday, and we have a lot of ground to cover with plant17 getting underway (although rain is holding things up in many areas.) As part of today’s show, Shaun, Kelvin and Lyndsey discuss the obstacles in the adoption of precision ag technology. Dan Foster highlights Xtend soybeans and considerations heading into soybean planting. We… Read More

The Canadian Farm Writers Federation held its annual national meeting in Saskatoon, Sask. from Thursday through Saturday, wrapping up with the annual awards banquet at the (reportedly haunted) Delta Bessborough. Starting the night off right, video editor extraordinaire, Jason Stroeve, brought home gold for his work with Tom Wolf, Jason Deveau, and Bern Tobin on Spray Tips Special… Read More

A grower from Georgia who previously held the record for highest corn yield has now broken the world standard for highest soybean yield. Randy Dowdy’s soybean yield of 171.8 bushels/acre was celebrated at a press conference hosted by the University of Georgia and BASF on Friday. The previous record was 160.6 bushels/acre, set by Kip… Read More

Many farms have bought basic drones capable of taking high resolution pictures from the sky over the last year or two. For $2,000 or less, you can buy a decent quadcopter with a regular RGB colour camera. But the RGB camera is just the beginning when it comes to collecting data with a drone, explains Matt Johnson of… Read More

 

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