Phosphate fertilizers are applied in the top 3-4” of a soil profile and don’t typically move much. One of the biggest challenges to getting accurate year to year results is a consistent sampling depth. It’s crucial to get an accurate 0-6” depth. … More Soil Pest P – Making a case for annual soil testing
Starter fertilizer can have a negative effect on canola seedling emergence, especially on eroded knolls testing high in calcium carbonates. … More Canola emergence on clay soils
The modern approach to agriculture is focused on the production of monoculture crops (one plant species grown at once). Production often includes practices such as tilling in fall or spring to prep the seedbed, followed by the addition of synthetic fertilizers for optimum yield. The latest and greatest seed varieties are then planted which could … More Keep your microbes happy!
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
Last week I was able to participate in the annual DIRT workshop hosted by NDSU that focusses on soil health. Now, I can almost guarantee that most producers reading this article have heard the term “soil health” but may not be familiar with what these terms mean for them or their farm. Therefore, I have … More What exactly is soil health?
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
Conducting field scale trials is not new. When we look back on the history of farm trials, most producers will remember a sales rep coming to their farm and offering a jug of this or a jug of that try on a few acres. There wasn’t anything complicated about it. The producer would throw the … More When is a trial not a trial?
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
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?
This past fall I was fortunate to be invited on an agronomy tour of Eastern Europe organized by Horsch LLC. We toured several different farms in SE Ukraine, the Czech Republic and some manufacturing plants in Germany. While on this tour, Michael Horsch, founder and co-owner of Horsch LLC, challenged us to rethink the way … More Old habits can be hard to break!