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Western Update – Calcium Deficiency, Productive Dairy Crosses and Markets this Week

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Canola School: Diagnosing Calcium Deficiency 

Although canola’s calcium requirements are relatively high (about double the level of sulphur and phosphorous, according to the Canola Council of Canada), deficiencies are rarely seen in western Canada. When deficiencies do occur, it is often as a result of highly saturated soils, which do not allow the plant to take up adequate nutrients.


Holstein x Fleckvieh Offers Improved Strength, Fertility and Productive Life 


Introducing Fleckvieh genetics into holstein operations can significantly improve the strength, fertility and productive life of dairy animals, says John Popp of Big Bear Genetics. As one of the exhibitors at this year’s Canadian Dairy Xpo, Popp showcased the results of a few Fleckvieh/Holstein crosses, ranging from 50% – 87.5% Fleckvieh, as well as one calf with Fleckvieh, Holstein and Swedish Red genetics. 


Worker Woes, Russian Crop Costs and Corn Acre Impacts – The Grain Markets this Week 

 Grains, for the most part, closed out the shortened trading week well below their mid-week highs as U.S. dollar-traded commodities faltered on the strong greenback. Canola bucked the trend, ending the week slightly higher as export and domestic demand continues to remain strong. Labour issues featured as the soup du jour though for the week as U.S. West Coast port workers continue to haggle with shippers for better wages while Brazilian truck drivers shut down a major highway to the ports, asking for the government to help lower diesel prices.



Manitoba Pulse Growers Add Soybeans to Their Name 

Reflecting the explosion in soybean acres in the province over the last few years, the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association announced a change to its name during its annual general meeting at the Crop Connect Conference in Winnipeg. Going forward, the group will now be known as Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers.



CropConnect ’15 Wrap Up: Brisk Weather, Stiff Coffee & Grain Drying Controversy 

 Nearly 700 farmers and industry braved a very cold few days to trek to Winnipeg to attend the second annual CropConnect conference. Guests were treated to expanded tradeshow space, engaging and sometimes controversial annual general meetings, dynamic speakers, improv and, well, some of the most burnt coffee this side of the Perimeter Highway. 



Created February 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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