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Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Potassium is the third most critical element among the essential elements required by plants, after nitrogen and phosphorus. Potassium is required for photosynthesis, protein synthesis, nitrogen fixation in legumes, translocation of sugars, and starch formation.

Friday, February 4, 2022

For the past two years, we've been looking at a field-scale precision approach to evaluate soil moisture and nitrogen management. Our study took place in 160-acre fields, we utilized both dryland and irrigated sites. We tested with fields that grew seed alfalfa, peas, wheat, and canola.

Friday, January 21, 2022

We're getting ready to tackle our last year of the project identifying how to best integrate novel crops into traditional rotations. In 2021, we finished the first year of this second rotation so this will be our final rotation.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The 2022 Rotary Club of Lethbridge East/Lethbridge Exhibition Park Agricultural Scholarships are among the most coveted post-secondary scholarships available in southern Alberta agricultural students.

Friday, December 24, 2021

The second year of our biostimulants study has wrapped!

This year, our trials had a rotation of wheat, canola, and pea. While it was a tough year of battling droughts and grasshoppers, we still saw some good results!

Thursday, December 23, 2021

The application of organic-rich amendments like manure and plant residues can help increase phosphorus availability in soils. Also, the microbial breakdown of these amendments helps slow release of phosphorus that plants can take up before it becomes fixed in the soil.

Friday, December 17, 2021

This winter, we're exploring the adaptability of crops for winter!

In a one-year partnership study with Western Ag Innovations, Farming Smarter is investigating which crops can be best adapted for winter.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Claudette Lacombe, Farming Smarter Communication Manager, grew up thinking word play and a vast vocabulary were the secrets to success in life.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Last week, we did some winter seeding, part of a new project! Mike Gretzinger, Farming Smarter's Research Coordinator, tests the soil's temperature before doing some winter seeding. This early seeding was done for an Ultra Early Canadian Western Amber Durum Seeding Systems trial for Dr. Brian Beres of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

I think even farmers expect work life to settle down when the winter winds blow, but it really doesn't!

Over at the Farming Smarter research farm, it seems to get busier and, with the growth of the organization in recent years, it was time to institute Monday morning check ins.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Just west of Enchant, AB, there is a thriving example of how crop farming and mature wildlife habitat can coexist and complement each other. Stamp Farms farm two sections of leased land under seven  pivots.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

David Montgomery spoke at the Farming Smarter conference in 2015. His message is still valid today and this is still a good book recommendation!

Monday, November 29, 2021

The majority of the prairie soils are considered marginal to deficient in the plant-available phosphorus content required for crop production. Thus, farmers routinely apply phosphorus-containing fertilizers and manure to their fields to meet crop requirements.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Our glyphosate-resistant kochia project is out of the ground and getting ready for the next year!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

This is a good year to talk about making your farm resilient and the role Farming Smarter can play in helping you make that happen! The good ol' Oxford Dictionary defines resilient as "able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions."

Friday, November 19, 2021

Our Fusarium Head Blight crop rotation project wrapped for the winter, and we've been looking at the data!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Will Van Roessel became a Board Director in March 2021. Will and Jean, his wife, operate Specialty Seeds Ltd. in Bow Island.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Farming Smarter Office Manager Shelly Barclay manages the heck out of all things related to money and contracts. If you've had reason to deal with Shelly on that front, you know you received exactly what you needed.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Online sales; home delivery; drive-through farmers' markets; chef-curated ingredient boxes; pop-up mini-stores; restaurant prepared meal-kits; CSA boxes that include recipes, sauces, even wine or craft beer: consumers are turning to all sorts of new ways to shop and eat these days.

Friday, November 5, 2021

Our Cover Crops project is finishing its fourth year, the final of our scheduled timeline.

As winter looms ever closer, it's a good time to think about our soil health come spring. The biggest advantage of cover crops is the benefits they bring to soil nutrients & the general health of the soil.

Friday, October 29, 2021

As public pressure increased against the use of neonicotinoids in agriculture, we wanted to plan for the worst-case scenario. In 2020, we set out to evaluate potential losses and test the best available alternative management strategies to mitigate loss.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Nathan along with his brothers, Matthew, Greg, and father Richard, own and operate Stamp Farms and Stamp Seeds. They grow, clean and retail certified seed to customers across Canada. Nathan manages the farming operation and crop production side of the business.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Trevor Deering's direction when he started post-secondary education aimed him at a totally different career, but after his first semester, he found it was not what he wanted. So, he took time to investigate and study alternatives and landed on Agriculture Studies.

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