This might not be the year to aim for the stars with inputs

My column this week might not be the most popular one I have written for you, but it needs to be discussed. I know most of you will have visited one of the major farm shows this winter. You likely returned with your mind full of exciting new products that promise to make you tonnes […] Read more


Herbicides: Carrying on during and after a drought

Herbicide carryover should always be a concern following a dry year. Throughout my career, I have seen this issue reoccur after every drought. This makes me think that 2018 could see herbicide carryover issues raise their ugly heads again. In this column I will discuss why this issue is likely to show up and explain […] Read more


Fertilizing in the fall; part 2

Last week we looked at the 4Rs of nutrient management as they relate to fall nitrogen. This article will focus on “the others,” or phosphorus, potassium and sulfur. With regards to “right time,” phosphate, potash and sulfur are quite a bit less complicated than nitrogen. The good news is all three products can be applied […] Read more



Remember the 4Rs of nitrogen fertilizing in the fall

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I am sure I will be getting a number of calls again this year about the fall application of fertilizers, so I thought it would be a good time to look at this through the four lenses that make up the 4Rs of nutrient management. Right time Is the fall the right time? The answer […] Read more


Managing fertility after a drought

We are all aware of the impact of drought on crop yields, but what is happening in the field goes far beyond faulty plants and can last for several years, even when precipitation returns to otherwise normal levels. Drought causes several soil processes to slow down or virtually stop. The two most pronounced effects of […] Read more



Put your data to work by identifying SMART goals

Modern technologies open an exciting challenge for today’s farmers. Data is being collected across every acre for every operation. Using your data and committing to SMART goals now can result in increased profits. I wrote a couple of columns last year around this time about planning for last year’s crop. They involved preparing a cost […] Read more


Soil testing tells what we don’t know — which is a lot

It has been a roller-coaster ride for most prairie growers this year. The season started with April temperatures of 20 C and higher, which was a welcome change. As well, the lack of rain seemed like a blessing at the time as crops were planted into what was described by many as the best conditions […] Read more


Winter wheat growing tips

Winter wheat has attributes that make it desirable to grow in Western Canada, but time management is one of the main reasons for growing the crop. Seeding winter wheat in the sweet zone between Aug. 15 and Sept. 15 is crucial for success. Unlike past years, this might actually be possible this year because stubble […] Read more



Factors to weigh when debating whether to bale straw

Every drought, livestock operators increase their interest in buying, or harvesting and feeding straw. For grain producers, collecting straw means an additional harvest from otherwise droughty crops. This brings up questions: What is the value of the straw? What nutrients are removed with the straw? Is all straw the same? Will baling and removing the […] Read more


Be aware of pre-harvest herbicide application restrictions

We are approaching the time of year when all great plans seem to go out the window. That time is harvest. No matter how well planting was planned, everything seems to be ready to swath or desiccate at the same time. As a result, decisions are sometimes made that, when looking in the rear view […] Read more