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Bullet provides low-cost alternative

BRANDON — Tile drainage may be the best solution to managing saturated soils, but the cost is prohibitive for many producers. However, a low-cost mechanical mole boring temporary tunnels may serve the same purpose. Imagine a torpedo-shaped four-inch diameter slug of iron being pulled through your field at a depth of two or three feet. […] Read more


Field drainage: just scratch the surface

BRANDON — Most surface drainage work performed on the Prairies until recently was based on the “deep thinking school of thought” of the 19th century — but the deep thinking scholars are gone. Two changes have taken place recently. First, in many people’s opinion, the biggest step has been affordable RTK technology, which allows farmers […] Read more


Liquid pop-up, a little dab

The next precision farming challenge is placing specific doses of pop-up fertilizer in the optimal position in the seed row to give new plants the best possible start in life. Those first few weeks in a plant’s life constitute the most important part of the crop year, says CapstanAG’s Avery Brigden, explaining the new Seed-Squirter […] Read more



Beck’s Hybrids test Seed-Squirter

Beck’s Practical Research Farm in Ohio conducted side-by-side trials in 2017, comparing the Seed-Squirter to conventional in-furrow dribbling of the start-up liquid fertilizer known as PureGrade Diamond. The corn was on 30-inch spacing and priced at US$3.86 per bushel. The PureGrade Diamond was a 6-24-6 blend priced at $3.64 per gallon. The control was in-furrow […] Read more


Indian monsoon forecast not good news for Canadian pulses

WINNIPEG (CNS Canada) – India is forecasting an average monsoon rainfall this year, making the chance of India importing Canadian pulse crops slim. “Given the tariff scheme and the protectionist attitudes India has displayed this year, I think it will take a major weather influence to hurry up the correction to (imports),” said Marlene Boersch, […] Read more



Farmer-owned NH3 tanks off the hook

When Transport Canada granted anhydrous ammonia tanks a reprieve on its stricter inspection criteria until June 30, the question of farmer-owned tanks was left swinging in abeyance. There was concern that farmer-owned tanks had been overlooked. In response, Fertilizer Canada and CAAR pushed the federal department for clarification on farmer-owned tanks. That result, along with […] Read more


Strike date nears at CP

Canadian Pacific Railway said last week a “significant gap” remains between the company and railway employees represented by a pair of labour unions: the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). About 3,000 TCRC engineers and train conductors as well as 360 IBEW signal maintainers could go on strike […] Read more


Cold weather points to seeding delays

If you’re wondering how the spring of 2018 stacks up with other years in terms of temperature, then you might be interested in the following information from the Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon. According to SRC climate researcher Virginia Wittrock, the month of March was cold. March had 20 days with average daily temperatures below […] Read more



Uniform plant stands boost seed yield

Researchers increased canola seed yield up to 32 percent at low-yielding sites and by 20 percent at higher yielding sites

Using her index finger, Justine Cornelsen pointed toward five small plants, clumped together in the corner of a plastic tray filled with soil. The canola plants were less than seven centimetres high because they had just emerged from the soil. Cornelsen, a Canola Council of Canada agronomist in Manitoba, took a quick look and then […] Read more


Be patient with winter wheat fields

Winter wheat agronomists with Ducks Unlimited are urging producers to be patient when assessing their crops and avoid making premature decisions about crop viability and abandonment. In an April 4 webinar, Ducks Unlimited agronomist Janine Paly said growers should take their time and avoid making definitive assessments until mid-way through spring seeding at the earliest. […] Read more