There is No Great Crop Without a Great Start

One of the biggest challenge’s producers face with growing crops at or near the 49th parallel is generally they only get one shot at growing our best crops. We have to maximize the use of limited sun and moisture to get our crops to maturity in a 3-4 month span. It does not give a lot of time to make corrective actions like reseeding or topdressing nutrients when needed.  … More There is No Great Crop Without a Great Start

A recipe for an 80 bu canola crop

Wouldn’t it be great if all the inputs, machinery and/or farming practices that promise to grow you an extra 2-5 bu were true and reliable? It would be easy to spend your way to a bumper crop. 2 bushels here, 3 bushels there… done deal! Unfortunately, it is not a compounding effect…. it’s probably easier to spend your way broke than into prosperity. … More A recipe for an 80 bu canola crop

Soil Carbon – What is it and how do we measure it?

Last week we looked at the important role of carbon in plant growth and soil health (Read “Building Soil Carbon on Your Farm”). Soil carbon and its sequestration have become major buzzwords in agriculture and are getting a lot of attention from spectators worldwide.  Climate change and the perceived demise of our cropland has piqued … More Soil Carbon – What is it and how do we measure it?