Tag: Farming Smarter

Farming Smarter Field Schools Wrap Up Another Successful Year

Farming Smarter hosted its field school in Lethbridge, AB this week. RealAgriculture’s Jason Stroeve was there and took the opportunity to speak to Farming Smarter’s assistant manager Jamie Puchinger. In the below interview, Puchinger describes this year’s agenda, which included morning sessions on herbicides and weather considerations for spraying. The afternoon offered participants the opportunity to choose their… Read more »

Farming Smarter Conference Wrap-Up With Jamie Puchinger

This year, Farming Smarter brought some very powerful keynote speakers to Medicine Hat for the 2014 Farming Smarter Conference. Speakers included Michael Shermer, the founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and the executive director of the Skeptics Society; William W. Wilson, a professor at North Dakota State University; Trish Sahlstrom, vice president of purchasing and distribution at… Read more »

Pulse School: Nodulation No-Show? Tips for a Rescue N App

Ensuring adequate nodulation starts with choosing the correct inoculant, keeping it alive prior to seeding and getting good coverage or placement. But what happens if, for any number of reasons, your pulse crop ends up with less than great nodules? What if you’ve got nodules that never pink up or seem to die off? In… Read more »

Pulse School: Scouting the Elusive Pea Leaf Weevil

The pea leaf weevil can cause devastating economic losses to both peas and faba beans. Though the adult beetles feed on these crops after overwintering in perennial legumes, it is actually the larvae that cause the greatest damage. Larval feeding occurs on Rhizobium nodules for roughly six weeks. This may limit or completely inhibit nitrogen-fixation… Read more »

The Nozzle Sprays at Midnight: A Farming Smarter Conference Recap with Ken Coles

There are many times during the busy conference season that I wish I could clone myself so that I could attend every meeting that interests me. While Twitter does a great job of bridging the gap at times, there’s still nothing quite like actually sitting in on a fascinating discussion on new research findings and… Read more »

Is the Night-Time the Right Time to Spray?

Spraying is one of those jobs that can have a very short window in which to get accomplished. It’s also a job that has to be done when conditions are right. Getting to it before the wind or the rain, or whenever conditions are calm can be frustrating for producers. It’s a big part of… Read more »

Pulse School – When is it Too Late to Spray for Pea Leaf Weevil?

We’ve talked before about the damage the pea leaf weevil can do, but the current economics of peas add a sense of urgency to producers scouting and control strategies. With pea prices being as strong as they are currently, the economic threshold for spraying for the pest is lower than it ordinarily would be. Taking… Read more »

Change a Necessity When it Comes to Farming Smarter

There are some elements of farming that will always be the same, but to move ahead and grow as a farm, it’s the changes that need to be kept up with. Whether it’s technology that keeps evolving every year or the ever changing dynamic of the consumer market, change isn’t just good when it comes… Read more »

My Trip to InfoAg a Precision Ag Conference in Springfield, Illinois

  By Ken Coles, FarmingSmarter.com In July I attended the Precision Ag Conference in Springfield, Illinois. I though in my first blog post I would cover my thoughts and observations at the conference. Day 1 Last week Brent Nicol and I attended the infoag, precision ag conference in Springfield, Illinois. (www.infoag.org). Not being a seasoned… Read more »