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Doug Brodoway of UFA leads crop forensics July 14.

Doug Brodoway of UFA leads crop forensics July 14.

July 14 Plot Hop Medicine Hat

There’s a bunch of farmers near Medicine Hat that now know a lot more about rain-fed grain corn, signs of crop trouble, canola pests and precision planters.

The Medicine Hat tour had 40 people wearing bright blue booties and wandering the Farming Smarter plots on Hwy 41A. The morning started with Lloyd van eeden Petersman who gave a comprehensive talk about grain corn on dryland production. He talked about specifics of growing grain corn in southern Alberta.

Doug Brodoway led the group through a Crop Science Investigation (CSI) where participants had to guess what went wrong with wheat, pea and canola crops.

Autumn Barnes of CCC and Ken Coles of Farming Smarter talk about precision planters and results so far of the precision planted canola.

Autumn Barnes of CCC and Ken Coles of Farming Smarter talk about precision planters and results so far of the precision planted canola.

After coffee, the group went to visit Farming Smarter’s precision planted canola plots to see the difference seeding rates, row spacing and seeding dates can make over the crop stand.

Then Dr. Carcamo talked about the pest active at this time of year in the region; what to watch for in sweeps and economic thresholds. Watch a video of his sweep

TLC Farms catered an excellent lunch and participants left with full bellies and expanded minds.

Tour Videos (Play All)

Grain corn agronomy for southern Alberta

Plant plot CSI

Precision Canola planting in Medicine Hat

Pea leaf weevils and other crop pests with Dr. Hector Carcamo

 


Created July 15, 2016 | Category: News Articles

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