Tag: Alberta Agriculture

Wheat School: Could an Owner’s Manual Accompany Your Next New Variety?

You may vary inputs based on field history or soil type, but have you¬†considered treating your wheat differently, based on variety? It turns out that there are significant differences between how varieties respond to nitrogen, fungicide, and plant growth regulators. How a variety performs depends not just on its age, but where the background genetic… Read more »

Canola School: Strategies for Saving on Seed Costs

Canola seed size has climbed in recent years from a once-common 4 grams per 1,000 kernel weight to north of 7 grams per 1,000 seeds. What does that mean to you, the farmer? It means that if you’ve stuck with your typical four pounds per acre seeding rate (and there are good reasons to do… Read more »

Should Farmers Get Paid on Oil Content?

The 2012 canola crop is not just smaller than expected, it’s also light on oil content. According to the Canadian Grain Commission, this year’s crop is averaging a mean oil content of 43.5% (on a 8.5%¬† moisture basis, No. 1 grade). That’s down quite a bit from last year when it was 45.2%. The 10-year… Read more »