Even though the Canada – United States border is closed to most travel, we will never be able to experience border closure for common and emerging pests that migrate up from our southern neighbours. Pest movement is normal yet unappreciated. This short series will focus on (possible) up and coming Prairie pests. Knowing what to … More Thank Heaven the Border is Closed! Part 1
Slake, Infiltration and Bulk Density (BD) are 3 tests that are fairly easy to do on the farm with a few simple tools. … More DIY Soil Health Tests You Can Do On The Farm
To find out which direction we should be headed in terms of soil health we should look back to how it was. … More Looking Back to Move Forward
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?
Many practices, such as reduced tillage, increased residue coverage and improved crop rotations, have been incorporated in the last fifty years that have lowered the loss of carbon, and farmers need to continue this trend to encourage healthy and resilient soils. … More Building Soil Carbon on Your Farm
It is easy to forget our fields once the harvest is in the bin and the last pull of the disc has passed through the soil to bury the crop residue. Meanwhile those fields sit empty for six to eight months during our Prairie winters. We tuck away the combine in the shed to protect … More Rethink the Relationship Wind has with your Soil