Tag: Rigas Karamanos

Canola School: Tips for Understanding Macronutrient Soil Test Results

Parts per million versus pounds per acre. Olsen versus Bray. Nitrogen versus nitrate… Some of the numbers and technical terms on the paper or email you get from the soil test lab are relevant for understanding nutrient availability for your crop and others don’t actually mean much for growing crops Western Canada. So which numbers are meaningful?… Read more »

Saskatchewan Ag Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for 2015

Five individuals will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame later this year, as the 2015 slate of inductees was announced at the CropSphere conference in Saskatoon on Tuesday. Jack Braidek, Harold Fast, Rigas Karamanos, Murray McGillivray and Wally Nelson and will be recognized for their lifetime contributions to agriculture in Saskatchewan at a… Read more »

Cheating on Banding Depth Puts Urea at Risk

Just because nitrogen fertilizer is placed below the soil surface doesn’t mean it’s going to stay there for plants to use it. In fact, if it’s not buried deep enough, you might be better off broadcasting it on top of the soil, says the senior agronomist for Koch Agronomic Services. Whether for equipment reasons, with more… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks, the Western Candian Edition — Ep. 5: Choo-Choo Choosing A Crop Rotation Based on Grain Movement

Every conference season, presentation after presentation reminds farmers of the cost of too-short crop rotations. Increased disease pressure, insect infestations and nutrient depletion of soil all weigh on yields in tight rotations. Agronomic decisions like these commonly play in to the decision on what to seed next on each field, but 2014 is shaping up… Read more »

When is Top-Dressing Nitrogen a Good Idea?

Interest in top-dressing nitrogen (N) is increasing across the prairies. Some producers use it to improve yield or protein content, while others use it as a risk management strategy to minimize losses. But when is top-dressing N economically advantageous? Does improving protein content ever pay? Read More: 3 Tips for Top-Dressing Nitrogen in Cereals and Canola… Read more »