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Western Update – Sprayer Speed Impact, A New Tool for Cattle Producers and Nitrogen Management for Corn

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 TechTour: Gearing Down on High-Speed Spraying

On-farm efficiency is certainly a hot topic in today’s agricultural climate. But are we getting a little too keen for speed in the sprayer? We’ve heard often the importance of patience while seeding (check out the Canola School on seeding speed/depth from 2013), but sprayers are often exceeding 15mph in the field.

This can have detrimental impacts to the quality of the application, says spray application specialist, Tom Wolf.

  BCRC Publishes Interactive Tool for Body Condition Scoring

The Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) published a resource on body condition scoring cattle this week.

Along with the video below, the BCRC’s body condition scoring resource provides an interactive cow graphic, enabling you to compare an animal along a changing scale, and see the gains and losses in pregnancy rates, value, antibody levels in colostrum and much more. Most ranchers probably know that body condition scoring is a key method of assessing their animals, and knowing what needs to be done to improve or maintain their condition.

 Corn School: Spring Fertility Options for Corn – New Testing, Old Formulations & A Calculator

Do you plan on taking a nitrate-nitrogen soil samples this spring, before planting? The test for nitrate-nitrogen levels can provide key information in how much fertilizer should be applied for a growing corn crop. And, making that decision gets easier and easier. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has a handy table with nitrogen recommendations based on test results (be sure to adjust for prices), and growers can find a yield response nitrogen calculator on


Federal Government Invests $134 Million in Better Weather Forecasting
fieldThe federal government says Canadians will benefit from “more accurate and timely” weather forecasts thanks to $134 million in funding for Environment Canada.

“Through our government’s investment in our critical weather monitoring infrastructure and innovative technologies, communities and business sectors across the country will have access to more timely and accurate weather information based on the most modern technology available,” said Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, as she announced the funding in Calgary on Thursday.

 Beef Market Update: Can you Bank on this Strong Start Continuing?
bmuIf the first two weeks of 2015 are any indication for the rest of the year, volatility in cattle markets is the name of the game. From steep drops to quick run-ups yet again, the U.S. cash market and the wholesale side has already shown some real movement. The big questions for cattle producers and feeders going forward is, will the amazing ride of 2014 be repeated? In this latest edition of the Beef Market Update, Wasko brings us up to date on the cattle markets so far in ’15, with a nod to some anomalies in cull cow market prices, to some big questions on sustained demand at the retail level.

Created January 23, 2015 | Category: Agronomy

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