Tag: Dan Foster

Mid-summer crop update: Grazing corn, double crop beans, and timely rain

One of the fun things about farm shows is you’ll never know who you’ll run into. Such is the case with Shaun Haney and Dan Foster at the Ag In Motion show held outside of Saskatoon last week. Foster, national marketing manager with PRIDE Seeds, based at Chatham, Ont., sat down with Haney to talk… Read more »

7 habits of highly effective crop scouts

As the crop gets out of the ground, farmers across Canada look to hit the field and evaluate the start of the 2018 growing season. There are those who make great crop scouts, those who are a little more average, and some pretty poor crop scouts — what sets the great scouts apart? We asked… Read more »

Corn School: Using your drone to make better management decisions

Recent advances in the availability and quality of satellite imagery is providing powerful in-season management insights for corn growers. Many growers feel it’s no longer necessary to fly their own drone to capture aerial images of their fields. They can simply rely on a growing number of agronomic services to scout their crop using drone… Read more »

Soybean School: Why are plant leaves turning red?

Cold nighttime temperatures in recent weeks across Ontario are causing soybean plants to shut down. That’s one of the reasons why many growers are seeing oddly coloured leaves throughout their soybean crops. In this Real Agriculture Soybean School episode, Pride Seeds agronomist Dan Foster explains that in many instances the bronze and reddish leaves growers… Read more »

Corn School: Getting to the bottom of rootless corn

Dan Foster has seen a lot of agronomic head scratchers in his career, but he witnessed a first in a cornfield near Sarnia, Ontario this spring. On this episode of Real Agriculture Corn School, Foster, Pride Seeds market development agronomist based at Chatham, takes you to a field with rootless corn syndrome. Foster describes how… Read more »

Soybean School: Management Tips for Plant 2017

As 2017 soybean planting gets rolling across Ontario, what management considerations should be top of mind for growers? In our planting edition of Real Agriculture Soybean School, we put that question to Pride Seeds market development agronomist Dan Foster. In this episode, Foster explains why he’s excited to see Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans going… Read more »

Soybean School: Drought Leads to Green Stem Syndrome

Drought conditions in Ontario could slow harvest in some soybean fields this fall where plants suffer from Green Stem Syndrome. In this edition of Real Agriculture Soybean School, Pride Seeds market agronomist Dan Foster explains Green Stem Syndrome happens when there is partial or complete leaf drop but the soybean plant stem remains green. “The… Read more »

TWORA — 59,000 Job Vacancies, Ag Safety Week & the Surging Loonie — Mar 17

A shortage of workers is limiting Canada’s economic potential, especially in agriculture. Annual farm cash receipt losses to Canadian producers due to job vacancies are $1.5 billion, according to a report released this week. Postmedia columnist Andrew Coyne was the opening keynote speaker at the “Growing the AgriWorkforce Summit” in Winnipeg and he joins us… Read more »

Corn School: Time to Finalize Your Crop Plan

What a difference a year makes. Back in spring 2015, Ontario farmers were scrambling to manage an abundance of corn stalk residue and grappling with questions about tillage and how to fix fields full of ruts caused by a challenging harvest. Fast forward to spring 2016 and farmers are facing a much more favourable planting… Read more »

Soybean School: Estimating Yield and Scouting for Reoccurring Issues

Pride Seeds’ Dan Foster explains how to estimate soybean yield in this video, shot at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show. Estimating yields may be more challenging than some of our other annual crops, but it all boils down to a total number of (viable) seeds in a given area. For soybeans, estimating yield without counting every seed over an… Read more »

RealAg Crop Update Ontario: White Mould, Frost Risk & Stand Counts in Soybeans

The pre-harvest period is a great time to get a handle on what plagued (or is plaguing) the soybean crop this year, how well some of your management practices turned out and filling out the check list for late fall work and early season planning. In this Ontario soybean crop update, three agronomists — Dan… Read more »

Soybean School: How do you Make the Call to Replant?

It’s not yet do or die for the soybean crop, but farmers’ soybean crops that have suffered population die off from crusting, standing water or frost need to make a decision soon about replanting. In this episode of the Soybean School, Dan Foster, market development agronomist for PRIDE Seeds, explains thresholds for soybean plant populations… Read more »

The RealAg Crop Update Ontario: Crusted Fields, Frost & Replant Decisions for Soybeans

Many soybean fields have taken a beating this year, unlike last year’s straightforward early season. A late May frost, then really hot temps have stressed plants, plus crusting in some areas has entombed the poor beans under ground. In this RealAg Crop Update Ontario, Dan Foster with PRIDE Seeds, gives an update on not only… Read more »

Soybean School: Get Set for the 100 Bushel Soybean Initiative

Building off of the success of the 300 Bushel Corn initiative, PRIDE Seeds is rolling out the 100 Bushel initiative for soybeans in 2013. Slated to take place on as many as 40 sites across Ontario, the 100 Bushel challenge seeks to showcase the optimum combination of variety choice, planting date, seed treatment, inoculant, fertility… Read more »

Corn School : Will My Corn Finish?

Will it or won’t it? That’s the question on the mind of a great deal of Ontario farmers. Will that late planted corn finish? It’s a question that rests on a number of factors that tend to revolve around variety characteristics, geography, weather and of course, date planted. It’s also a question we thought could… Read more »