Tag: pat lynch

Soybean School: It’s time for variable rate soybeans

Farmers are planting too much soybean seed. That’s a conviction agronomist Pat Lynch is firm on. “What we’re doing is determining the population based on the poor parts of the field because we don’t want to have these thin spots.” says Lynch. While high seeding rates help populate under-performing areas of the field, they produce… Read more »

The great corn stalk challenge: what’s your solution?

Corn stalks have become a significant management challenge for many growers. Better corn hybrids, higher yields, bigger plants, and fewer corn borers to break down stalks mean more farmers are turning to tillage to tackle crop residue. At Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS), a host of tillage manufacturers and retailers took to a harvested corn… Read more »

Corn School: Would variable rate planting fit your farm?

It’s time for corn growers to take a hard look at variable rate planting. That was agronomist Pat Lynch’s message to growers as they watched variable rate planters in action at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS) in Woodstock, Ontario. In this episode of RealAgriculture’s Corn School, Lynch says the ability to adjust seed population while… Read more »

Choosing the right cultivator for your farm

What should farmers look for when planning to purchase a new cultivator? There’s been plenty of cultivator innovation in recent years that farmers need to consider, says agronomist Pat Lynch, who hosted the annual tillage demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario. This year manufacturers showed off secondary cultivation units set to finish… Read more »

Let ‘er Rip! Subsoiling is Back

Twenty years ago agronomist Pat Lynch had no love for subsoiling and deep rippers. But times have changed and so has Lynch’s view. As 10 different deep rippers tore across a field at the Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show tillage demo earlier this week, Lynch told the gathered crowd that the evolution of farming over the past… Read more »

Corn School: Baling Stalks — Can You Harvest Too Much?

Have you tried baling corn stalks? Agronomist Pat Lynch thinks you can’t bale enough. At Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last month, Lynch helped co-ordinate the Corn Stalk Baling Demonstration. Afterwards he joined the Corn School to share his thoughts on whether Ontario farmers should be jumping on the stalk baling bandwagon. Today’s corn hybrids are… Read more »

Do Bigger, Newer Planters Make Better Plant Stands?

Farmers watched as planters and seeders of all sizes, shapes and capabilities rolled down the field during the planting and seeding demonstration at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock last month. Some planted at 10 MPH while others showed off their ability to plant multiple crops, combine seeding and tillage, or the flexibility to plant… Read more »

The Return of the Moldboard Plow

Whether it’s wet springs or just farmers exploring their options, it appears as though the moldboard plow is making a bit of a comeback. It is though, as Agronomist Pat Lynch explains, not the moldboard plow you knew before. The newer plows are much more adjustable, doing their job much better than their older counterparts…. Read more »

The Largest On Farm Experiment Ever On Seeding Early – Pat Lynch

Last year in Ontario the weather provided an almost perfect spring and summer season.  I heard many Ontario corn farmers say that, “this is the earliest that I have ever seeded corn.”  Many wondered at the time what would be the results and if the crop would get hammered by a spring frost. Early seeding… Read more »

Wheat School: Identifying Fusarium Head Blight in the Field

Fusarium head blight continues to be a major concern for North American farmers. Yield loss can be high and the amount of vomotoxin infection in the grain can cause significant grade loss. Although there are wheat varieties available to minimize the impact of fusarium, the reality is there is no technology available to control it… Read more »

Wheat School: Bring Out the Artillery Because You’ve Got Army Worms

It seems that the amount of pests that can have a negative impact on our wheat fields is never ending. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School we are going to discuss army worms. Army worms can cause significant yield loss in a wheat crop and also impact neighboring crops like corn or canola… Read more »