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Corn

Establish corn growing resolutions for 2020

Slideshow: Follow these seven resolutions to increase corn yields and profits. Did you make any corn growing resolutions this year? Adam Spelhaug, lead agronomist with Peterson Farms Seed, a regional seed company headquartered in Prosper, N.D.; and Matt Caron, sales agronomist for South Dakota for Legend Seed, a regional seed company headquartered in De Smet, […]

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Why agronomists preach uniform corn emergence

If you want 30,000 plants per acre, your seeding rate is 32,000 seeds per acre and you achieve 30,000 plants per acre, you’ve met your goal, right? Joe Rollin, a regional manager for Precision Planting, says you shouldn’t be too quick to answer. There’s an even more important question, he believes. Did all your plants […]

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Crops

How to increase beneficial insects in arable crops

© Science Photo Library Leaving volunteers and native weeds in crop stubbles over winter will help encourage beneficial insects by providing shelter and forage when there is no standing crop. Sally-Ann Spence, entomologist and Wiltshire farmer says that although growers have been drawn down the route of using insecticides to control pests, when encouraged in […]

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Farmer Focus: I’ve lost 130ha of rented land after 30 years

© Alexandra Joseph Our farming business is in for a big shake-up. Two blocks of land that we have been renting for 30 years have recently been sold, and we will no longer be farming the majority of it after September. We looked into the possibility of buying some of it but, although the bank […]

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Crops

Tight rotations threaten management possibilities in Saskatchewan

Data collected between 2008 and 2015 by Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp suggests many farmers in the province are using tight rotations, or no rotation at all (coyly referred to as a “canola-snow” rotation). “The tight rotations that we are talking about — canola, wheat, canola, wheat — are in the northeast of the province and […]

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Canada's Agriculture Day Observance Brings Together Farmers and Consumers

Early indications are that Canada’s Agriculture Day observance was once again a great success. Canada’s Agriculture Day observance, which occurred yesterday, featured agricultural activities in communities across Canada and discussions on social media intended to connect those who produce food with those who consume it.   Clinton Monchuk, the Executive Director of Farm and Food […]

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Crops

Crop Watch: Backward crops more prone to herbicide damage

It’s nearly three months since the last Crop Watch and growers are still grappling with the winter monsoon, which has resulted in many soggy fields still undrilled. Farmers lucky enough to have got some winter cereals drilled are being warned that their crops are more susceptible to damage from gramincides, having been sat in waterlogged […]

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Is it time for options?

February traditionally can be slow time for farmers hoping to price crops they’ll plant in the spring. That certainty seems to be the case this year as well. Nonetheless, for growers planning to make call options a part of their marketing efforts in 2020 it’s time to get started. Weak February futures prices stuck in […]

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Crops

How to tackle weeds after a tough start to the season

© Tim Scrivener It is shaping up to be a tough spring for controlling weeds, as the legacy of the wet autumn and winter means many crops are at greater risk of yields losses if weeds are allowed to get established in the coming weeks. Significant areas were left uncropped in the wettest parts of […]

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Spring Flooding: Preserving Your Ability to Care for Your Animals

By Russ Daly When winter snowfall begins to melt, particularly in areas already saturated from previous summer and fall precipitation, severe spring flooding can be a real possibility. Of the people witnessing the rising water, livestock producers and other animal caretakers have perhaps the most daunting task. It’s incumbent upon them to not only protect […]