Cropside

Cropside: Aerial or broadcast?

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

FALL 2014: THERE was no doubt that wheat seeding would be late. What about aerial seeding or broadcasting wheat into standing soybeans? After all, this had been done in the past and there were some [Read more]

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Cropside: Fusarium nozzles!

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

FUSARIUM WAS A nightmare for many wheat growers in 2013. Even with 80% of the crop having a Fusarium fungicide applied, many of us had feed or sample wheat. At almost every winter meeting, someone [Read more]

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Cropside: The new nemesis

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

GLYPHOSATE RESISTANT CANADA fleabane is spreading rapidly across the province. If you do not have it yet, you likely will very soon. Fall asleep on this one and the impact will be massive. Fall weed [Read more]

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Cropside: Frosted wheat?!

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

TIMING IS EVERYTHING! In 2012, repeated hard frosts, down to -7C and colder throughout April had me scrambling, looking at field after field for frozen wheat.  The research suggested that -4C for two hours could [Read more]

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Cropside: Sulphur solution!

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

SULPHUR WAS THE “buzzword” in the winter of 2012. It was a part of every presentation I gave. So much sulphur was purchased last spring that we “ran out”, or shorted the market. Prices increased [Read more]

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Cropside: Cover crop craze!

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

INCREASING SOIL ORGANIC MATTER NO RAIN IN 2012, and suddenly we realize the value of organic matter. Corn yields ranged from seven to 250 bu/ac in the same field – all based on organic matter [Read more]

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Cropside: What’s STRAW worth?

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THERE ARE NOT many wheat acres, and April weather hammered any hopes we had for big straw yields.  The crop is SHORT!  (Photo 1).  All those cold nights not only frosted off leaves, but limited [Read more]

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Early nitrogen

Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Kim Ratz, Communications Coordinator, Grain Farmers of Ontario WHEN TO SPRAY OR NOT TO SPRAY there are lots of questions this spring with [Read more]

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Cropside: Assess your variability

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

UNIFORM WHEAT STANDS GET HIGHER YIELDS DUE TO THE weather this past fall, we can expect lots of variable wheat stands come the spring. Although planting and growing conditions have certainly not been ideal for [Read more]

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Cropside: Get serious about uniformity

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

POOR NITROGEN APPLICATIONS COST GROWERS DOLLARS EVERY YEAR THERE are calls from growers where the fertilizer spreader wasn’t set right or something went wrong. Even with airflow technology, the number of complaint calls hasn’t gone [Read more]