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!
“Take trial results with a grain of salt unless you have all the trial data at your disposal, you know the trial layout and you’ve been provided all the stats, otherwise the results could be made to show you what they want you to see.” … More Take it with a grain of salt…
Following the flood of 1997, the Province of Manitoba commissioned the collection of elevation data across the Red River flood plain using LIDAR technology. It has since added many other regions across the Red River Valley and Southern Manitoba. LIDAR is short for Light Detection and Ranging and without going into detail, it is elevation … More Incorporate LIDAR data into your surface drainage plans
I was out checking the nodulation on a few soybean fields this week and I hadn’t fully realized just how dry it was out there. It was hard enough that I needed all of my 220lb frame to push the spade into the ground. Eventually I bent my spade, but it got me thinking about soil … More Plant Available Moisture
ver study your yield maps and wonder why yields might increase or decrease with different operators or speeds? Or sometimes yield might change after supper when things start getting damp? Our first instinct is the combine must have been throwing more out the back, but it could also be that the mapping system wasn’t calibrated. … More Yield Mapping part 2 – Do I need to Calibrate?
In a previous post we discussed how GPS technology has improved the accuracy and quality of current soil testing practices (link). The ability to pull and group cores from specific areas in a field has allowed us to deal with variability on a whole new level. As the size of farms and fields keep growing in … More Zone Soil Testing and Variable Rate
Ask a group of producers these days about the value of soil testing and you will get a lot of different opinions. Some will say there is no value because the fields are too variable. Others will say grid or zone sampling are the only way to go and that composite sampling has little value. Some producers sample … More Using technology to increase soil testing accuracy
Welcome to Antara’s new home on the web. Over time we hope to use this as a vehicle to share information pertinent to growers and crop production in the Red River Valley. There are two sides to Antara’s business. One is working with producers to manage and/or improve their operations through more efficient crop production. The … More Welcome