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Compaction action

THE PICKUP TRUCK has been a vital piece of the equipment inventory on farms for decades, but oh has it changed. Think about the 1960s half ton fleetsides, with two wheel drive, three on the [Read more]

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Biostimulating soils

A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE OF FARMING

NO ONE CAN be certain if and when it will happen, but the day that phosphorus resources run out will change farming practices forever. Hopefully, by the time that day comes, researchers will have proven [Read more]

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Agriculture and the environment

FOREST ONTARIO'S ENVIROTHON

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS how we grow our crops; whether it’s drought, flooding, or other extremes, farmers have turned to technology to help them be better prepared for the unpredictability of a changing climate. “We now [Read more]

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Barley and oats

GROWING SUCCESS IN 2018

SIGNIFICANT PRICE MOVEMENT was seen for barley and oats in December and January, which may have some farmers considering spring cereals. Here’s a roundup of best advice on variety choices and crop management for 2018, [Read more]

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Field technician training

ON-FARM APPLICATIONS

FIELD TECHNICANS PLAY an important role in private and public research programs. Their work includes executing plans for research plots and gathering data from variety performance trials, field crop research, and breeding programs. Technicians come [Read more]

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Interseeding cover crops

RESEARCH AT THE HRDC

RESEARCH SCIENTISTS AT Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Harrow Research & Development Centre (HRDC) have been exploring several angles of how cover crops can benefit both the environment and a farming operation. “Cover crops introduce [Read more]

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Keeping tabs

RECORD KEEPING ON the farm is not just about making life easier for your accountant come income tax season. Whether you are using precision agriculture technologies to capture data, using Excel or another database to [Read more]

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New screening technology

AN ADVANTAGE FOR WHEAT BREEDERS

IN 2016, STATISTICS Canada anticipated that Canadian wheat production would decline by 19.5 per cent in 2017, attributing the decline to dry conditions in the prairies. But Western Canada isn’t the only region in the [Read more]

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Managing nutrient loss

THE IOWA EXPERIENCE

THE U.S. AGRICULTURAL sector is under pressure to reduce nitrate-nitrogen (N) losses by 40%. In Iowa, efforts to improve drainage water quality through nutrient management have focused on the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: Right Source [Read more]

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Improving soybean yields

IN-FIELD RECOMMENDATIONS

WHEN IT COMES to recommending the best strategy for growing high-yielding soybeans, the advice Horst Bohner is likely to give is “it depends”. Bohner, soybean specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural [Read more]