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Weed Wisdom – White cockle

Created October 15, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

By: Sarah Tiffen and Charles Geddes White cockle (Silene latifolia Poir.) is a biennial or a short-lived perennial, that blooms during the night. It is a dioecious weed therefore each plant is either male or female and both are required for seed production. This weed is found across the prairie provinces along roadsides, in waste areas, pastures, and cultivated fields. The plant prefers well-drained areas and is a heavy seed producer. Each female plant can […]

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Soil Savvy – Phosphorus Deficiency

Created October 14, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Besides nitrogen, phosphorus is one of the most critical essential elements for adequate crop growth and productivity in agricultural ecosystems. Phosphorus is involved in the synthesis of several essential compounds required for plant growth and functioning. These compounds include adenosine triphosphate (ATP); the energy currency of the cell, containing a high-energy phosphate group that helps […]

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Hail Damage Simulation Published!

Created October 8, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

The Hail Damage Simulation project results are published! Read it in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science! Our very own Gurbir Dhillon, Mike Gretzinger, Lewis Baarda, and Ken Coles were all major players in this study, alongside some folks at InnoTech Alberta and SARDA Ag Research. This study focused on quantifying the economic loss in […]

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Rolling Through the Barley Plots

Created October 1, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Rolling barley impact your yield and help your equipment! Our project is investigating the best time to roll your barley plots. Rolling barley pushes rocks into the soil, avoiding damage when it comes time to silage the field. This year, we’ve increased the size of our plots. While this helps decrease variability, we found increasing […]

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Wireworms? What’s up with those?

Created September 29, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Worry not, wireworm identification just got easier! Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released the Guide to Pest Wireworms in Canadian Prairie Field Crop Production. With this field guide, you’ll be able to easier identify wireworm damage in your fields, develop strategy plans to mitigate the damage, and better protect your field! What are wireworms? Soil-dwelling […]

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Soil Savvy – Biological Nitrogen Benefits

Created September 24, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

By Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D.  One of the major long-term goals of the sustainable farming systems is to achieve high crop yields with lower application rates of inorganic nitrogenous fertilizers. Biological nitrogen fixation is one of the major pathways to achieve this goal and promote long-term agricultural sustainability by reducing nitrogenous greenhouse gas emissions and alleviate the overall carbon footprint of […]

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Variable Rate Irrigation

Created September 24, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Soon, irrigation could see hands-off technology entering the market in southern Alberta. Together, with UBC’s LiteFarm & Ensemble Scientific, we are working towards building a community-driven, open-source irrigation system to benefit farmers around the globe. Farmers in southern Alberta can look forward to being among the first to test this system! The new irrigation system […]

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Our Pulses are Perfectly Placed

Created September 17, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

We’ve kept a finger on the pulses, it’s time to get the results ready! As our Perfectly Placed trials wrap up their third year, we’ve seen dramatic differences this year. We’re focused on adapting the precision planters for crop production in southern Alberta with this trial. Our trials were located in Lethbridge, Taber, and Medicine […]

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FMC Fall Herbicide Product Lineup; Versatile & Powerful

Created September 15, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Meet the FMC herbicide all-star lineup for post-harvest weed control!   With harvest wrapping up, it’s time to start thinking about your post-harvest weed control. Thankfully, Top Crop Manager has released the FMC Fall Herbicide chart featuring all the latest and greatest products. Tackle weeds before they get the chance to tuck into the soil […]

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Soil Conductivity Project Almost Fully Charged

Created September 10, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

The EM38 Soil Conductivity project might spark an interest in changing your fertilizer habits. The Soil Conductivity study will wrap up this year. For this study, we’ve been mapping the field with a EM38 ground conductivity meter. We map the fields every couple of weeks, until the crops grow too big for us to pass […]

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Perfectly Placed Hemp

Created September 3, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Our perfectly placed hemp harvest can’t come soon enough! While our Hemp Agronomy project is focused on the fertility of the plant, our Perfectly Placed trial focuses on seeding. Specifically, we’re comparing vacuum/precision planters to air drills. We’ve done this trial on cereals, canola, and pulses and seen great results. We thought, why not hemp? […]

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All About Alfalfa

Created August 27, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Our alfalfa trials are almost ready for harvest. Let’s check in on them! Right now, we have three separate trials for alfalfa going on at Farming Smarter. We’re researching how to best combat alfalfa weevil, the best time & product to desiccate alfalfa, and the effect of plant growth regulators on the crop. Because alfalfa […]

Nitrogen Uptake and Losses

Created August 23, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Soil Savvy By Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D. To continue the conversation around soil nitrogen in agriculture, let’s talk about how plants uptake nitrogen from the soil in nitrate (NO3–) and ammonium (NH4+) forms. Ammonium ions convert into nitrite and subsequently to nitrate form through the enzymatic action of soil bacteria in a process known as nitrification. […]

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Wheat Producers – We need your help!

Created August 20, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Take part in an international, prairie‐wide project to generate baseline producer data on current CWRS wheat management practices. We need 2019/2020 data from irrigated and dryland production systems. We need 100 Alberta farms, 150 Saskatchewan farms and 75 farms in Manitoba to take part and provide data. This project aims to identify the key factors […]

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Scouting Post-Harvest

Created August 18, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Why scout for disease after harvest? Harvest means the end of the crops, but the job’s not done yet. A thorough field scouting after harvest is important to provide insight into the future wellbeing of your crops.    There are still insects & diseases to inventory. Knowing they’re there when we’re rotating crops & managing fields allows us to understand what […]

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Hanging Out in the Hemp Field

Created August 13, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Hemp agronomy research is blazing forward at Farming Smarter For the CHTA variety trials, we’re doing things a little bit differently – we’ve broken our trials into two separate plots, one looking at fibre agronomy & the other investigating grain agronomy. The Nitty-Gritty of Grain Agronomy In our grain trials, we have mainly diecious varieties […]

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It’s a Cover Up (Crop)!

Created August 6, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Cover crops combat soil erosion while improving soil quality. Use of cover crops has been increasing throughout the Prairies, but little is known about their benefits & detriments. A Farming Smarter project is investigating how to incorporate cover crops in the fall season. Our strategy is to implement them within crop rotations. We’re using a […]

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Durum Roll, Please!

Created July 30, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Durum prices are rising, we’re here to help increase your yield! Last week, we hosted our Lethbridge Plot Hop event. There, Ken Coles, Farming Smarter Executive Director, gave a presentation on our Precision Planted Durum. These plots test the affects of agronomy tools on the yield of irrigated durum. We test precision planted versus air […]

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FHB dying in the heat

Created July 23, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

This is a convoluted FHB study to explain, but here we go. Led by Randy Kutcher, Plant Sciences Professor, USask College of Agriculture & Bioresources, the study aims to find optimum crop rotations for control of Fusarium Head Blight (FHB). To accomplish this, several locations in Alberta and Saskatchewan planted long blocks of several crops […]

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Kochia Loves This Drought!

Created July 21, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Weed WisdomBy Dr. Charles Geddes Kochia enjoys a dry, hot year. There is less competition from the crops. Due to the lack of precipitation this year, many crops have experienced inhibited growth which leaves more resources available to the pesky weed. What is causing this? While the heat has a negative impact on crops, the […]

Having Fun with Fungi

Created July 16, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Fungi can devastate crops quickly and spraying them can quickly add up. If you’re spending that money, you want to know it’s going to work – but how do you know if you need to spray your crops before it’s too late? Farming Smarter is researching the effectiveness of spore trapping as a cost-effective way […]

Join the WGRF Conversation

Created July 8, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Virtual Workshops: Use these links to register: Tuesday July 20 Crop and Soil Management (weeds, diseases, insects, plant nutrition) Wednesday July 21 Precision Agriculture (variable rate, soil management zones, data) Thursday July 22 Sustainability (cropping systems, diversified crops, climate change) Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) wants to hear your views on cross cutting crop production […]

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Precision Planters

Created July 2, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter Gaining Expertise Farming Smarter has history now working with precision planters. It’s first project began in 2016 as small plot trials and moved to field scale in 2020. In the latest Plot Shot video, Lewis Baarda provided an update on a dryland Field Tested precision planting project. It has seen roughly an inch […]

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News From The Field

Created June 18, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Field Tested is up and rolling again for the 2021 research season with 23 on-farm trials located across Southern Alberta. The Field Tested research crew has been busy visiting fields and collecting range of early-season data. They’ve looked at things like flea beetle damage, emergence, canopy closure, weed populations and crop heights and staging. This […]

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Cutting Back Herbicide Resistant Kochia

Created June 11, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Using precision agriculture tools can help identify and respond to kochia pressure in farmers fields. Farming Smarter’s herbicide resistant kochia research project is now entering its third field season. It began the research project with the research team gathering information from each field in the study. This includes historic yield, soil conductivity, soil samples, and […]

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Seeding Success!

Created May 28, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter reached seeding success this week, May 28, will all its trials and plots planted for the season. Except, of course, the late date plots that purposefully go in late about two weeks from now for our Agronomy Program. Seeding dates and rates are often part of the trials and this year is no […]

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Portable neutron probe installation

Created May 21, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Moisture is an important choice in a soil till method. Because till methods lead to vastly different moisture and temperature levels, it can be difficult to know which method is best for your crop. The advantage of no-tilling means your soil will have more moisture, at the cost of a lower temperature. The inverse is […]

Let’s talk nitrogen management

Created May 18, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Soil Savvy By Dr. Gurbir Dhillon, Farming Smarter soil scientist Producers spend considerably more time, money and resources on proper nitrogen management in crop production systems than any other mineral because it’s a critical element required for plant growth. Nitrogen is an integral component of essential plant compounds including the proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, and […]

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5 Agronomy Smarts Scholarships

Created May 17, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) generously sponsors five Farming Smarter 2021 Agronomy Smarts subscriptions for young farmers or agriculture students. It’s a simple process to take advantage of all the learning available through Farming Smarter events, workshops and digital content on various platforms. Alberta Wheat Commission asked that the applicants be between 18 and 39 and derive a minimum two-thirds of […]

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Living Lab for Ag Climate Solutions

Created May 17, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter wants to create a Living Lab for agriculture climate solutions with partners and deliver practical agriculture solutions to southern Alberta through a recently announced federal government program – Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS). The goal of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada program is to support the development and implementation of farming practices that store […]

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Great Friends on the Plains

Created May 14, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

It’s so great when friends find a way to help each other! Smart Partner Kubota Canada needed a partnership to put a Great Plains precision planter through its paces. Farming Smarter Field Tested offered to use one of these planters for our field scale trials. Kubota Canada just added these planters to its line equipment […]

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Prairie Farm Crop Production Future Changes

Created May 12, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Amaethon’s March Report examined future changes prairie farm crop production could face. The main objective was to identify the most concerning issues facing prairie farm crop production. As farms continue to get bigger, autonomous equipment is seen as a natural development that would also help address labour shortages. However, without stable internet in all corners […]

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Farming Smarter – Full Seed Ahead!

Created May 7, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter has about a third of its agronomy projects seeded and expects to finish by May Long. Seeding challenges this year was the inclusion of early seeding dates and some intentionally late seeding dates in order to fit ongoing research projects. One of the research projects includes strip tilling of corn early in the […]

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Don’t let assets blow away

Created April 25, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Soil Savvy By Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D. Soil erosion will blow away assets every farmer needs. It is still the most widespread form of soil degradation in Canada even though, in the past three decades, the Canadian prairies greatly reduced wind erosion through the adoption of improved land management practices, such as direct seeding, reduced tillage […]

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Rotational study shows promise

Created April 7, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Multi-site research focuses on ideal stubble for staple, novel crops By Trevor Bacque Farming Smarter knows that when a farmer wants to try something new, they need agronomic research available. This prompted it to join a rotational study and produce new data for staple and novel crops. The project, Introducing High Value Speciality Crops to […]

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Use whole toolbox on weeds

Created March 3, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Waaay back Wednesday First published March 2010 in Farming Smarter magazine By Lee Hart Technology improved crop production a lot over the past 50 years, but farmers need the whole toolbox rather than rely on the prospect of another new and improved herbicide as a solution to all weed control problems, says an Agriculture Canada […]

Calling All CWRS Wheat Producers

Created February 24, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

Help identify key factors limiting CWRS yield potential  Take part in a prairie‐wide project to generate baseline producer data on current CWRS wheat management practices. This project aims to identify the key factors that prevent CWRS wheat producers from obtaining potential yields achievable on individual farms.Simply provide us with yield and other agronomic data specific […]

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Rallying against kochia resistance

Created February 12, 2021 | Category: Agronomy

This article originally appeared in the 2018 Fall Edition of Farming Smarter magazine. By Madeleine Baerg Canada is now home to 65 unique cases of herbicide resistant (HR) weeds. (Update 2020: 76 unique resistant weeds) Though 2017 weed survey results are not fully tabulated, experts warn the total number of prairie acres infested with resistant […]

Fusarium Head Blight in Rotations

Created December 11, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

 Farming Smarter joined Dr. Randy Kutcher, University of Saskatchewan Chair in Cereal and Flax Crop Pathology, to study fusarium head blight in rotations.   The project: is one of four pillars of his program at USask and takes place at 10 sites in western Canada​. Each site has six to nine crops and are no till.​   The main object is to determine the optimum crop sequence to minimize FHB in wheat and durum. […]

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Sorghum Grass in Alberta

Created December 9, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

A Waaay Back Wednesday post from 2006 Farming Smarter MagazineIt’s so far back, we can’t find the photo that went with it. But there are lots of sorghum images on Google! You can also find the original article on AGCanada.com Study shows Warm Season Grasses can work in rotation Warm season grasses offer producers an […]

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Specialty Crop Project

Created November 27, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

The high value specialty crop project fits with Farming Smarter’s mandate to change the way people farm. The development of high value specialty crops is crucial for a diversified and robust agricultural industry in Canada. It is very important for on-farm profitability and is a key driver for value added industries. With strong developing markets, […]

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Grain Corn Agronomy Research

Created November 25, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

Farming Smarter began to study grain corn agronomy for a southern Alberta crop quite a while ago. This week’s Way Back Wednesday takes us to an article from our 2015 magazine where we talk about grain corn in rotations. Corn On Deck for Rotations A steady domestic market, seeding/harvest timing and lots of upside yield […]

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Perennial Forage Trial

Created October 17, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

by Mike Gretzinger The deer sure love the Perennial Forage Trials and who can blame them? They love feasting on a mixture of alfalfa, sainfoin and bromes. We tend to be crop focused quite a bit, but forages are an essential part of farming in southern Alberta with the proximity of feedlots, horse lovers and […]

Video Releases September 7

Created September 7, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

Deep Banding Update

Created July 3, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

The Deep Banding Immobile Nutrients project is more than two-thirds of the way through and we have some preliminary observations. We’re in the third year of the project, working with peas, canola and wheat in three different locations in Alberta. Lethbridge, Vegreville and Falher each have their own crops with different soils (brown, black and […]

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Strip-Till vs. No Till

Created May 20, 2020 | Category: Agronomy

A New Farming Smarter Project After looking at the results from a previous study on precision planting canola, Farming Smarter decided to research the effectiveness of strip-till against traditional no-till seeding.  A strip tiller tills a small strip where the seed goes. The benefits of strip-till are it may lead to increased soil temperature, better seed to soil contact, less residue and fewer issues for the […]

Plant Growth Regulators: What Agronomists Need to Know

Created April 23, 2018 | Category: Agronomy

Dr. Sherri Stydhorst, research scientist, agronomy, with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, talks about the use of Plant Growth Regulators and about the new Ag-Dex or Fact Sheet prepared by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Click Here to listen to the interview Click Here to view the new fact sheet.

Farming Smarter Launches Field Tested Program

Created April 17, 2018 | Category: Agronomy

Up-Scale of on-Farm Research Field scale research can offer big benefits when done effectively, but it can also be time consuming, require specific tools and demand attention at challenging times in the season. Also, sometimes it’s hard to do research in isolation because you can’t compare your results with anyone.   This is what prompted Farming […]

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Report: Winter Pea and Lentil in Alberta

Created December 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

 New Study Report: Adaptability and Quality of Winter Pea and Lentil in Alberta Farming Smarter participated in this trial that shows winter pulse crops have potential in the Bow Island and Lethbridge areas of southern Alberta. Adaptability and Quality of Winter Pea and Lentil in Alberta

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Canola Performance Trials (booklet)

Created December 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

See the latest results from Canola Performance trials compiled in a pdf booklet.  Download it here Canola trials The three Prairie canola grower groups – Alberta Canola Producers Commission, the Saskatchewan Canola Development Commission (SaskCanola) and the Manitoba Canola Growers Association – fund the program. The Canola Council of Canada delivers the program.  

Western Daily – Grain Pricing Transparency is Sadly Long Overdue

Created September 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– Western Daily ———–   Grain Pricing Transparency is Sadly Long Overdue ————————————————-   Legumex Walker Selling Special Crops Business to Scoular ————————————————-     Why Bale When You Can Pellet – Premos 5000 Wins Agritechnica Gold ————————————————-     How “Little Things” Led to a UN Food Security Declaration ————————————————-     Grain […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: September 14 – 18, 2015

Created September 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices Evaluation Project Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) recently released the Nutrient Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) Evaluation Project final report which evaluated the environmental effectiveness and economic implications of implementing water quality BMPs at the field and watershed scales.   Continue reading > Soil Information Viewer Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AF’s) webpage has […]

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Send your grain harvest samples in for free analysis

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

The CGC’s Harvest Sample Program gives farmers a valuable marketing tool  By Lee Hart via Grainews Field Editor Getting a free grain quality analysis at harvest not only puts farmers in a better bargaining position when they market their crops, but it also helps Canada sell grain, canola and pulse crops around the world. The ongoing […]

Grainews: September 2015

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

YOUR EXPLORER DAILY ENEWS POPULAR STORIES FROM OUR FAMILY OF PUBLICATIONS Pork producers fear increased disease risk from PEDv U.S. truck washes are known to harbour a deadly pig virus.READ See MoreNews from     AgriClear… cattle marketing on your terms AgriClear received an enthusiastic welcome from Canadian and American buyers and sellers. READ See […]

Weed Alert: Jimsonweed

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: September 7 – 11, 2015

Created September 9, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Crop Residue Management How you harvest, what you are using to harvest and what you do with the residue will have a huge effect on what happens next spring. “Crop residue isn’t trash as it has a significant amount of fertilizer value,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, Alberta Ag-Info Centre, Stettler. “The straw has […]

Western Daily – The Courtship of Syngenta by Monsanto Appears to be Over

Created August 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———–  Western Daily ———–   A High School Saga – The Courtship of Syngenta by Monsanto Appears to be Over ————————————————-   MYFB – Ep. 6: Incorporating the Farm for Today’s Benefit and for the Long Term  ————————————————-   Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Do You Trust Cloud-Based Services With Your Farm Data?  ————————————————- […]

Harvest Progress, Preserving Farmland and Premier Wall Talks GMOs

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–   TWORA – Harvest Progress, Preserving Farmland and Premier Wall Talks GMOs – Aug 20  ————————————————-    Saskatchewan’s Hay Harvest Challenge Underway – And Who Couldn’t Use a $1000 Voucher? ————————————————-       Production of CX-6 Smart Seeder Begins ————————————————-   Wheat Pete’s Word, Aug 19: Aphid Watch […]

Western Daily – Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates

Created August 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–    Adding Ag to the Election Conversation: 10 Questions to Ask Your Federal Candidates ————————————————-    V-Shaped Tile Plow Reduces Soil Disturbance and Ruts ————————————————-    Enns Brothers Acquires Western Manitoba Deere Dealer ————————————————-    Corn School West: Countering the Yield Lag After Canola ————————————————-       […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 17 – 21, 2015

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Using Pea Straw in Cattle Rations With a shortage of feed supplies for cattle this summer, many farmers are looking at their options, one of which is pea straw in cattle rations. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, says with the pea harvest underway, now is the time to think […]

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The right amount of harvest loss

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Here’s how to find that optimum balance between harvest efficiency and lower field loss Original article By Jay Whetter via Country Guide Combines can easily throw more than a couple of bushels per acre of canola without drawing any notice from the operator. Yet that hidden loss can add up. Two bushels per acre tossed with […]

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More corn acres could hike fusarium in cereals

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

More corn acres could hike fusarium in cereals Posted on WesternProducer Aug. 13th, 2015 by Barb Glen Alberta Agriculture crop pathologist Michael Harding describes the risks that corn presents in the spread of fusarium to cereal crops. He spoke at the Farming Smarter disease crop walk on July 30 near Lethbridge. | Barb Glen photo […]

Western Daily – Canola Swathing, WASDE Confusion, Export Focus and More

Created August 18, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–       Canola School: Cutting Canola in the Heat ————————————————-    Which Should Get More Support: Exports, or Domestic Consumption? ————————————————-    WASDE Confusion, Corn Stockpiles and Fall-Back Questions – This Week in the Grain Markets ————————————————-    BC Ranchers Win CCA’s Environmental Stewardship Award ————————————————-   […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: August 3 – 7, 2015

Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features The Economic Impact of Fusarium in Alberta To illustrate the cost of Fusarium head blight to Alberta’s producers, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry recently published a report on its research into the economic impact.  The report outlined the potential costs at both a farm level and for the province as a whole. Click here to […]

Western Daily – PCC Defaults, Anne Wasko Talks US Cow Herd and the CWB Name is Booted

Created August 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   “ ———– The Western Daily ———–    CWB Name Becomes History as G3 Canada Launches ————————————————-    Beef Market Update: Keeping a Watchful Eye on the U.S. Herd Expansion ————————————————-    Pacific Coast Canola Defaults; Legumex Walker Not Expecting Special Crops Business to be Affected ————————————————-    Soybean School West: Testing the Belief that […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: July 27 – 31, 2015

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features What to do with Hail-Damaged Crops Crops in some areas of the province have recently been pummeled by hail. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, looks at what can be done with damaged crops, and the importance of giving your animals time to adjust if they are going to be […]

Western Daily – Tribine Harvestor Goes into Production

Created July 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–     Production of Articulated, 4WD “Tribine” Harvesters to Begin in ’16 ————————————————-    Tax Deferrals Announced for Western Livestock Producers Affected by Drought ————————————————-    This Week in the Grain Markets – Whose Numbers Need a Reality Check? ————————————————-   Pulse School: Pea Research Spotlight on Drought, Yield […]

All the Latest Pulse School Episodes

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  The RealAgriculture Pulse School Update      Pulse School: Pea Research Spotlight on Drought, Yield and Nutrition ————————————————-    Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses ————————————————-    Pulse School: Disease Control in a Dry Year ————————————————-   Pulse School: What Happens if you Push the Herbicide Timing Window?  ————————————————-    Pulse School: Take […]

Western Daily – Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses

Created July 22, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   ———– The Western Daily ———–    Pulse School: Global Food Trends Favour Pulses   Crop Inputs You Can’t See – The Coming Wave of Microbe-Based Products Ag Ministers Hopeful RCMP Will Find “Scoundrels” Involved in Food Terrorism Look Who’s Leading the Drive for a National Food Policy   Front Versus Rear Boom: Comparing Sprayer Designs […]

AlbertaBarley.com Newsletter for July 2015

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  WELCOME TO THE ALBERTABARLEY.COM NEWSLETTER HERE YOU WILL FIND LINKS TO ALBERTA BARLEY’S LATEST NEWS RELEASES, BARLEY COUNTRY BLOGS & EVENT LISTINGS THANKS FOR READING!   Spotlight on Policy: Inclusion of agriculture in the occupation health and safety act Samantha Trudel is Alberta Barley’s government relations and policy intern. In this “Spotlight on Policy,” […]

Western Daily – Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

   Western Daily ———–    Monsanto “Confident” Dicamba-Tolerant Soybeans Will Be Introduced in 2016   Canterra Seeds and Limagrain Establish Limagrain Cereals Research Canada   TWORA – Smoky Skies, Stressed Crops and a Spike in the Grain Market – July 2 Grain Market Spikes Following June 30th Reports from USDA and StatsCan   Weather Whiplash – Dave Phillips […]

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Fungicide Choice and Growth Stage Timing for Wheat and Barley

Created July 12, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Fungicide Choice and Growth Stage Timing for Wheat and Barley Winter wheat has started to flower in parts of the state and early-planted spring wheat and barley are not far behind. Fungicide Choice and Growth Stage Timing for Wheat and Barley Winter wheat has started to flower in parts of the state and early-planted spring […]

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Wheat streak mosaic and Aster yellows confirmed in Southern Alberta

Created July 2, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Pathology CROP DISEASE UPDATEThe past two weeks have shown that hot dry temperatures are not enough to keep diseases away. The following four pathogens were recently confirmed in southern Alberta:   *   Wheat streak mosaic virus (on spring wheat)  *   Aster yellows phytoplasma (on spring wheat)  *   Clavibacter michiganensis pv. nebraskensis causing Goss’s bacterial leaf […]

Alberta Canola Connections: Quinclorac treated canola

Created July 2, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Increasing the long term profitability of Alberta’s canola producers   GROWER ADVISORY Alberta canola producers advised to be aware when marketing quinclorac treated canola The Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC) is advising Alberta canola producers consult their elevator, crushing plant or grain buyer prior to delivery if they attempted to control cleavers in their canola […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 29 – July 3, 2015

Created July 2, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Blue-Green Algae in Dugouts Blue-green algae has been seen in dugouts this summer. Shawn Elgert, water specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says blue-green algae can be dangerous to humans and animals. Elgert says at this time of year we see different types of growths in dugouts, and it’s important to determine what is […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 15 – June 19, 2015

Created June 16, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Canola Price Rally Charlie Pearson, provincial crops market analyst with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, says prices have rallied nicely over the last couple of weeks.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Opportunity to Participate in Trade Mission to India Alberta Agriculture and Forestry is inviting Alberta export-ready suppliers of pulses, […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 8 – June 12, 2015

Created June 10, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Dealing with Dry Pastures Some cattle producers are faced with dry conditions in their pastures, and grasses heading out early. Barry Yaremcio, beef and forage specialist at the Ag-Info Centre, has seen some of those pastures, and says it’s important to know what you’ve got and how to graze to make best use of […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: June 1 – June 5, 2015

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Introducing Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier Caitlynn Reesor interviews the new Agriculture and Forestry Minister Oneil Carlier, who is the MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne.     Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Baked Stuffed Zucchini Boats This recipe is ideal for summer days, when zucchini is plentiful. For the rest of […]

Western Daily -TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns

Created June 4, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–    TechTour: On Track(s) to Mitigating Compaction Concerns ————————————————-    Livestock Producers in Western Canada: You May be Eligible for Tax Deferral ————————————————-    Pulse School: Take a Hike…Through Your Faba Beans ————————————————-    TPP Participation is Critical for Maintaining Canadian Pork Exports ————————————————-    This Ain’t 2012 – Weather, […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: May 18 – May 22, 2015

Created May 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Risks of Late blight in Alberta An ARD specialist said that over the last several years, there has been a great deal of concern in Alberta surrounding a serious disease called Late blight that mainly affects potatoes and tomatoes.    Click here for the Agri-News article > Safe Food for Canadians Act Consultations The CFIA […]

Western Daily – Hiring a Custom Farming Outfit: The Pros, The Cons and the Paperwork

Created May 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–     Hiring a Custom Farming Outfit: The Pros, The Cons and the Paperwork ————————————————-    How an Elevator’s Made: An Up-Close Look at the Construction of a Modern Grain Terminal ————————————————-   Progress, Predictions and Deciding When to Sell – This Week in the Grain Markets ————————————————-    A COOL […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: May 11 – May 15, 2015

Created May 11, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features New Version of Call of the Land App Released A new coming events feature has been added to the Call of the Land mobile application which includes a searchable listing of upcoming agricultural events across the province. Click here for the Agri-News story.Click here for the Call of the Land interview. 2015 Summer Farm Employment Program […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 27 – May 1, 2015

Created April 28, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Seed Treatments One tool farmers have in their tool box is seed treatments. Bill Chapman, crop business development specialist with Alberta Agriculture, says he got a lot of questions this winter from producers asking how to know if they’re getting a return on that investment. Click here for part one of the Call of […]

“Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | APRIL 24, 2015   CROPS “Spending” phosphorus fertilizer from the soil         CEREALS Winter wheat stripe rust update     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS Looking at the new crop insurance initiative from AFSC ›   CEREALS Understanding today’s wheat basis ›   MACHINERY & SHOP Loader tractor […]

Western Daily – Planting? Ready, Set — Whoa!

Created April 27, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Daily ———–   Corn School: Ready, Set, Whoa!  ————————————————-    Capital Gains Exemption Tops List of Ag-Related Pieces in Federal Budget – Gerry Ritz on what’s in it for farmers ————————————————-   This Week on Real Ag – Seeding, Acreage Estimates and the Federal Budget – April 24, 2015  ————————————————-    Who […]

Western Daily – The AgNerds Talk Bluetooth – Enabled Lawnmowers and Other Signs of the Apocalypse

Created April 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    Western Canada Daily ———–    AgNerds: Bluetooth Alert – Your Lawn Mower Needs an Oil Change ————————————————-    Government Commits to Streamlined Variety Registration Process; Includes 2-Tier Option ————————————————-    The Many Uses of a Re-Purposed Tote – Share Yours! ————————————————-   Farmer Equity and G3’s CWB: Questions About Farmer Ownership Remain  ————————————————-   […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 20 – April 24, 2015

Created April 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Risks of Seeding Too Early Seeding is underway in southern Alberta, but for many farmers, it’s still a ways off. Doon Pauly, agronomy research scientist with Alberta Agriculture, cautions about seeding too early.   Click here for the Call of the Land interview > Social Media Tips Thanks to the power of smartphones, people have […]

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Make the Most of Your Fertilizer Dollars

Created April 20, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Make the Most of Your Fertilizer Dollars Do you soil test? Maybe this year would be a good year to start or continue. Soil testing is one of three tools you can use to make your fertilizer dollar stretch farther. The other two tools in the box are the Nutrient Use Calculator and the AFFIRM […]

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Cereal rust could be a major concern 2015

Created April 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Nothing replaces boots in the field. Pathology Cereal rusts could be a major concern in 2015:Stripe rust alerts have been issued in Oregon and Montanahttp://www.capitalpress.com/Oregon/20150119/stripe-rust-found-early-in-willamette-valley-wheathttp://www.mtagalert.org/alertDocs/150406stripe%20rust%20triangle.pdf Leaf rust on winter wheat in southern Alberta has also been reported. It would be wise to scout winter wheat crops regularly for rusts as the wind trajectories and weather […]

Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: April 6 – 10, 2015

Created April 8, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) Now Available Crop Protection 2015 (the “Blue Book”) is here. One of the most widely requested publications from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, the “Blue Book” is revised annually. New product registrations and other new details give producers the most up-to-date information available to protect their crops.  Click […]

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NuFarm: New EUR seed treatment

Created April 7, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Nufarm is pleased to announce the recent Emergency Use Registration (EUR) of a new seed treatment product for suppression of Aphanomyces in pulse and soybean crops — INTEGO Solo. INTEGO Solo has been granted this EUR as the only pulse seed treatment proven to protect pulse plants from the increasingly devastating disease, Aphanomyces. This disease […]

Western Update – Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?

Created April 1, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

       Western Update            Wheat School: Why Create a New Milling Wheat Class?  Responding to demands from both the Canadian wheat industry and international customers, the Canadian Grain Commission has proposed creating a new class of milling wheat for Western Canada. As part of this Wheat School West episode, Daryl Beswitherick, program […]

Grainews – Don’t rush to diagnose winter kill

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

  TOP NEWS | MARCH 26, 2015   CROPS Don’t rush to diagnose winter kill         CROPS Why nodulation fails     MOST READ | past 48 hours COLUMNS Stubble soil moisture map ›   FARM LIFE Nothing is quite as stylish, classy or sophisticated as a beautiful, ornate coffee table. Whatever your […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 30 – April 3, 2015

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Fumigating Grain Beetles Accessing and using fumigants for grain beetle control in stored grain has become more complex, says an Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) specialist. “Obtaining the fumigant, whether Phostoxin, Gastoxin or Weevilcide, is only half the job, as requirements for application and record keeping have changed,” says Harry Brook, crop specialist, […]

Canola School Update – March 2015

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    RealAgriculture Canola School Update      Canola School: Should I Seed a Clubroot-Resistant Variety?  With findings of clubroot disease in parts of Western Canada where it has not been a problem before, at what point should a farmer in these new clubroot areas switch to growing clubroot-resistant canola varieties? To make that decision, you must first assess and prioritize the […]

Western Update – Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment

Created March 30, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update             The Seedpod(cast) – Ep. 4: Five Ways to Maximize Your Seed Treatment Investment   Are you flying blind when it comes to starting your crop? An untested seed lot is exactly that, untested – you don’t know what diseases may be lurking in the bin that […]

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Agri-News – This Week in Agriculture: March 23 – 27, 2015

Created March 24, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

Features Social Licence in Agriculture Industry leaders recently got together to discuss social licence in agriculture at an event organized by the Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta. We asked what social licence means to them and what their associations are doing to help their members achieve it. We hear from: Lee Markert, chair of the Alberta […]

AHRI insight – Nature mimics science

Created March 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

    #42 Nature mimics science The Wright brothers spent a lot of time observing the curved shape of bird’s wings and how air flowing over this curved shape caused lift. This is one of the great examples of science mimicking nature. Does nature ever mimic science? One of the first glyphosate tolerant crops was […]

Western Update – Are Farmers Being Sold More Tech Than They Need?

Created March 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

     Western Update         AgNerds: Are Farmers Being Sold More Tech Than They Need? To justify purchasing a new piece of technology for a farm, its value can’t be based on the “wow factor.” It must solve a problem and improve the overall efficiency of the operation. With that in mind, are farmers […]

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Media Article from Dustin Morton, Commercial Horticulture specialist.

Created March 17, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

How are biocontrol agents like James Bond? As the public grows more concerned about chemical use, many growers struggle with how to keep theirproduct saleable while using fewer pesticides. So growers are turning to a new kind of undercoveroperative to deal with crop pests.Biological controls or biocontrol agents attack and “neutralize” or reduce pests in […]

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