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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 have been testing the affects of agronomy tools on the yield of irrigated durum yields. We tested precision […]

Save that nitrogen!

Created July 24, 2021 | Category: Fertility

Soil Savvy Ammonia volatilization by Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D. Environmental factors can affect the way nitrogen fertilizers work in a crop particularly when surface applied. Surface applied ammonium-based fertilizers such as urea or urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) can lose nitrogen through ammonia volatilization (evaporation). Similarly, the breakdown of farm manures or soil organic residues may also […]

Understanding Soil Nitrogen

Created June 15, 2021 | Category: Fertility

Soil Savvy By Gurbir Dhillon Understanding soil nitrogen and plant interaction/uptake can help crop growers make decisions around healthy soils. Most of the nitrogen in soils occurs in the form of organic molecules. Inorganic nitrogen forms generally account for 1-2% of total soil nitrogen unless land managers apply large amounts of nitrogenous fertilizers to soils. […]

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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Measuring Soil Moisture

Created May 17, 2021 | Category: Fertility

Soil moisture prospects look hopeful in 3rd week of May. The Government of Alberta released their Agricultural Moisture Situation update for May 9th, 2021. While this spring was cooler than normal, the report states that there is good potential for moisture coming this week. The current dry conditions and cool weather led to low soil […]

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Alberta Soil Benchmark Project

Created March 26, 2021 | Category: Fertility

In southern Alberta, contact: Trevor Deering There is an undeniable benefit to an Alberta soil benchmark project that begins monitoring soil health in Alberta and the mechanisms that ensure it stays healthy and productive. Chinook Applied Research Association (CARA) Soil Health Lab, under the direction of Dr. Yamily Zavala, provides a unique service that evaluates soil […]


Agri-News – RTW this week – Jan 27/14

Created January 29, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

  Features Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea a Reportable Disease in Alberta Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, often referred to as PED, has killed more than a million young pigs in the United States. While one case has been confirmed in Ontario, there have been no cases of PED diagnosed in Alberta. As of January 20, 2014, PED is now areportable […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Jan. 13/14)

Created January 13, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Points to Remember During Calving Season As calving draws closer, producers know that, as always, the season is a busy one. A little preparation and some advance management practices can go a long way in ensuring a successful calving season in 2014.  Click here for more in Agri-News. >     Barley and Cranberry Pork Stew […]


Agri-News – RTW this week (Jan. 6/14)

Created January 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Features Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling Agriculture issues including Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) made up the agenda for the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit held in Oklahoma on January 3 to 5, 2014. Alberta Agriculture Minister Verlyn Olson provides some background on how COOL came to be in the first place.  Click to hear […]


Agri-News – RTW this Week (Nov. 25, 2013)

Created November 25, 2013 | Category: Agronomy

Features Good Fences Make Good Neighbors As a response by the Government of Alberta to landowners’ needs, the Alberta Property Rights Advocate Office became operational in December 2012. “In their day-to-day work, the Office often deals with the question of what is meant by property rights. We like to use a practical, working definition of […]

Frozen Soils – Life goes on under the snow

Created November 9, 2013 | Category: Fertility

Earlier this year The Canadian Journal of Soil Science published a special edition about the effects of winter on soil. Two Saskatchewan-based AAFC research papers were featured. “The unique aspects of the Canadian agricultural landscape gave rise to this special edition,” notes Dr. Barbara Cade-Menun, lead author of one of the papers and co-editor of […]

Agri-News – RTW this Week: November 4, 2013

Created November 5, 2013 | Category: Events

Features Alberta to Stand Up for Livestock Industry in Chicago Alberta’s Agriculture Minister will meet with American meat-packers to rally support to change U.S mandator Country of Origin Labelling rules. Verlyn Olson will attend the North American Meat Association’s 2013 Outlook Conference in Chicago, IL, Nov. 3-5.  Click here to read the Agri-News story >   […]

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