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Friday, November 27, 2020

Farming Smarter joined Dr. Randy Kutcher, University of Saskatchewan Chair in Cereal and Flax Crop Pathology, to study fusarium head blight in rotations.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Deciding what crops to put in rotations and in what sequence can make the gears in your head grind. Fear not farmers, we have the answers for you based on our novel crop rotational study.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Scott Gillespie, Agronomist of Plants Dig Soil, talks about interesting things he saw in southern Alberta fields over the 2020 growing season.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The high value specialty crop project fits with Farming Smarter's mandate to change the way people farm.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

A steady domestic market, seeding/harvest timing and lots of upside yield potential spur annual increases in Alberta's corn acres. Corn offers an ever-expanding line-up of herbicide tolerant and insect resistant hybrids with lower heat unit needs.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Mike talks to Diane Westerlund about the provincial soil benchmarking project.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The industrial hemp project called Agronomic Influences on Fiber & Grain builds on a previous hemp project led by Dr. Jan Slaski at InnoTech Alberta. These trials were built on the knowledge we gained from the first projects and on questions that arose the first time around.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Mike Kaake did a 150 hour Digital Media practicum with Farming Smarter in September 2020. During this time, we asked him to produce five podcasts.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The purpose of rolling barley is to push rocks into the soil so that the chopper header does not hit the rocks, avoiding damage to the equipment. However, there seems to be no common time to roll and rolling occurs at many different stages of crop growth.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

This unit's goal is to share learning that comes from Farming Smarter and other researchers. The unit produces all external communication and extension.

Friday, October 2, 2020

The research unit run by soil scientist, Gurbir Dhillon Ph.D., and research coordinator, Mike Gretzinger, leads grant-funded research projects either led by Farming Smarter or in collaboration with researchers from other institutions.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lewis Baarda, On-Farm Research, leads the Field-tested unit doing field-scale research with farmers and farm managers.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Harvest time is a busy time of the year. It is hustle and bustle to get everything done on time. In the rushed panic, safety may not be on everyone's mind. To help keep everyone safe during harvest, here are tips for harvest safety.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The custom research unit, led by research associate Trevor Deering, does research for private companies on crop protection and management products and techniques.

Friday, September 4, 2020

You can't get away from the sawfly, but you can keep the damage they do to a minimum.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Soil is one of the most important components involved in growing crops, yet soil biology is not well understood, and the physical characteristics have not been monitored. Now there is a study that is hoping to fix that.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Farming Smarter instituted some organizational restructuring that could help them grow in size, quality and impact. Ken Coles, Executive Director of Farming Smarter, says restructuring the organization into smaller business units will help it meet some goals.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

The project was made with the idea to find out what the effects of rolling at different stages of crop growth to see what stage of the crop would be recommended best for rolling barley.

Friday, August 21, 2020

While the differences haven't been earth shattering, so far a three-year southern Alberta study looking at the effect of different treatments on wheat shows the combination of using a fungicide and timing of irrigation might have a slight benefit in reducing fusarium head blight (FHB).

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Pollinator project aimed to develop a long term, comprehensive, cost-effective and sustainable seed mix to conserve natural insect pollinators and enhance local biodiversity in southern Alberta.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Farming Smarter, in collaboration with Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Alberta, wants to show there is a strong opportunity to get on land earlier without it a negative effect on the crops.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Canola growers will want to follow Farming Smarter's research into effective ways to combat flea beetles on canola without the use of neonic pesticides.

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership and Lethbridge College fund the biostimulant project still in its first year. The project tests the different capabilities of various biostimulants to see if they provide benefits to farmers who want to use them.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

The Deep Banding Immobile Nutrients project is more than two-thirds of the way through and we have some preliminary observations.

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