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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 […]

Crop Recovery After Hail

Created April 2, 2021 | Category: field studies

Gauging crop recovery possibilities after a hail storm churns across the landscape is a long standing pastime in Alberta. According to an AMA insurance report, 66% of major hail storms take place in our province each year. That means that every year, after every storm, farmers look out over the fields and wonder what just […]

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Boost canola yields

Created February 19, 2021 | Category: Farming Smarter

Southern Alberta canola producers stand to benefit from a joint research project by Lethbridge College and Farming Smarter to boost canola yields. The project will study if producers can boost canola yields by using strip tillage and precision planting. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) partly funds this three-year, Applied Research and Development […]

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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 […]

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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Trapping Spores for Science

Created June 12, 2020 | Category: field studies

Farming Smarter begins testing a new product, Sporenado, to find if it’s effective at of trapping fungal spores as an early warning system for crop protection.  Approved in September of 2019 after the growing season, this year is the first round of onsite testing conducted by Farming Smarter. The project continues through until the end of the 2023 season.  The idea of this project is to place the Sporenado spore […]

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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 […]

Novel crop rotation study has novel results

Created February 13, 2020 | Category: field studies

Are you itching to try a novel crop in your rotations? Maybe a little something to boost profits in these turbulent market times? While Farming Smarter doesn’t have definitive answers from year two of its study, Research Manager Mike Gretzinger can offer some insights from the 2019 season. “To recap we had the following: Barley, […]

Healing Hail Damage Depends On Timing

Created July 30, 2018 | Category: field studies

Despite the relatively dry weather we’ve received in Southern Alberta this season, hail is still a prevalent occurrence. The big questions on everyone’s mind are how does timing factor into hail damage recovery and what can we do to help it heal? Jazlyn Pedersen, a summer student at Farming Smarter, said the answer is in […]

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 […]

Seed Prep @farmingsmarter

Created April 20, 2016 | Category: Farming Smarter

It’s all hands on deck when it comes time to seed as anyone near a farm knows. So, I helped prepare seed for plot planting the other day. We weighed wheat into brown envelopes – 122.2 grams per envelope. That’s right down to one or two seeds by weight. Then the envelopes get organized by trial and […]


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.  

#FSFS15 Lethbridge Herald – hemp session

Created June 29, 2015 | Category: Events

Hemp becoming popular cash crop by Garrett Simmons, on June 24, 2015 LH_Hemp becoming popular cash crop_June 24, 2014


Canola Fields Needed for Study

Created July 7, 2014 | Category: Agronomy

Canola growers can help further the study of blackleg fungus that can lead to improved ways to prevent it in crops. A study led by University of Manitoba’s Dr. Dilantha Fernando and collaborators Dr. Gary Peng of AAFC in Saskatoon and Ralph Lange of Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures, Vegreville hopes to identify the avirulence […]

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