The Dark Side of Tillage

Global food production occurs on 11% of the world’s arable land, with 95% of the food being produced in topsoil.  Some studies report that almost half of the world’s topsoil has been lost since the implementation of modern farming practices in the 20th Century.  Healthy topsoil can take 500 years to develop and less than … More The Dark Side of Tillage

Embrace change… it’s constant and inevitable

The face of farming has changed over time from breaking ground and ploughing with a horse to GPS, autosteer equipment, and autonomous tractors.  If you were to survey people about their feelings of change, most would say they don’t like it.  Humans are hard wired to perceive change as a threat and usually respond with … More Embrace change… it’s constant and inevitable

Working to support sustainable food production systems

I recently participated in a Faculty conversation hosted by the Department of Agriculture at the University of Manitoba to discuss the importance of improving soil health and producer profitability within the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework. This framework was developed as a guideline for producers to do things “Right” on their farm in terms of fertilizer … More Working to support sustainable food production systems

Are you extracting the full value from your soil samples?

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a prospect about the benefits of annual sampling.  The producer said they didn’t know if it was worth sampling every year as the results are usually unreliable.  He found he didn’t end up using them for planning purposes and felt there was limited value for the … More Are you extracting the full value from your soil samples?