Tag: Ross Mckenzie

4 Steps to a Successful On-Farm Research Trial

If you’re like many modern farmers, you want specific answers to your toughest agronomy questions. What’s more, answers from a province away or even a few hundred kilometers away aren’t good enough — you want results garnered from your farm, with your soil and using your management practices. That means using the technology you’ve already… Read more »

Canola School: Ross McKenzie on Wet Spring Soil Concerns for Canola

It may be a bit of an understatement to say that farmers across the west are eager to get in the field and get seeding. In the south end of Alberta, we’ve been teased with one day of sun, one day of rain/snow/sleet/cold. Other parts of the west need to dry up, while Peace River… Read more »

Proper Soil Sampling Depths – Ross McKenzie

It is that time of year when farmers are placing their orders for soil sampling with fertilizer retailers and professional agronomists.  When you decide to soil test it is essential that you request the proper depths and analysis of those depths in order to make the right fertilizing decisions.  Many producers fall into the trap… Read more »

Canola School: Fall Versus Spring Application of Fertilizer – Ross McKenzie

At this time of year many canola growers try to figure out if they are going to apply fertilizer in the fall of wait till the spring.  I think that many producers make this decisions based on the price of fertilizer in the fall or the need to reduce spring work. There are some more… Read more »

Why Farmers Are Considering Winter Wheat This Year in Western Canada

There is a lot of interest this year in winter wheat in Western Canada. Much of this interest stems from the very wet spring that we had this year in the west and the tremendous yields it looks like we will have. Many farmers have either emailed me or called wondering why is everyone so… Read more »

Has the Cold Wet Weather Affected the Emerged Spring Crops?

Have you ever heard the phrase the early bird gets the worm?  This year the early bird may have reseed….or maybe not.  It is probably to early to tell until the weather warms up but it is hard to be that patient.  For areas of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta that have been seeded the crops… Read more »

Canola School: Does Canola Need Micro Nutrients? – Ross McKenzie

For years many farmers just worried about nitrogen and phosphorus but things have changed.  As we have discovered more about the way the plant reacts to different nutrients, farmers look to anyway to increase the overall health and yield of the canola plant.  There seems to be differing opinions on the need for micro nutrients… Read more »

Canola School: Management of Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Sulphur

In Western Canada, canola has become the key cash crop.  This makes it even more incredibly important to ensure your canola crop has an adequate amount of fertilizer.  Managing the nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur is incredibly integral to achieving the yield objectives you have set on your farm.  Many times I hear farmers talk about… Read more »

Wheat School: Spring Management of Nitrogen in Winter Wheat

Coming out of the winter months, making sure that your winter wheat has an adequate amount of nitrogen is critical for achieving your yield objectives.  Making some nitrogen decision in the spring is critical and cannot be ignored by the grower. Based on where you farm, how you approach the topic will differ. Because of… Read more »