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With the forecast for cold temperatures and the risk or incidences of frost, many producers may be concerned about damage on their canola that may be out of the ground. The temperature at which frost injury occurs varies with; growth stage, moisture content and the length of time the temperature remains below freezing.
It’s mid May and if you ask a few farmers in Southwestern Ontario how planting is going, you will more than likely get some very different answers.
Here we are again starting a new crop year from the Peace Country. Spring has come early this year with seeding about three weeks ahead of last year. The weather here has been extremely warm this spring with temperatures in the high 20’s at times.
The season is upon us in the PNW. First time experiencing 30% of the acres already in Winter wheat being sprayed with herbicide/fertility before the seeding of the spring crops takes off. It has been an interesting adjustment to the critical timing this season, as the weather has been so mild, fields have dried up, and spraying and seeding are overlapping. It’s a fine line juggling time between the sprayer seat and that of the planter/seeder. Conditions for the most part in MT are dry, ID, WA, and OR are seeing fair to good moisture conditions. Most areas are reporting being in the fields 7-14 days ahead of schedule. Looking like a good season to try Alpine in the PNW!
Make sure you circulate your ALPINE tanks if it has been stored over winter
Using air at about 7 psi works well – 1 hr per 3000 gals
As district sales managers we see many things that make us shake our heads. From spraying in high winds, working up ground to a pulp only to find it in the air, to working up the ditch bank to get that extra 8” that they believe will make or break there bank account. Applying manure on frozen ground or snow covered is one that the general public see as environmentally unfriendly. It’s not difficult to see brown snow and a lingering smell.
Not so many years ago when we looked at soil tests micronutrients weren’t an issue. Going through all the soil tests I did last fall, every one of them is lacking in some kind of micro. With our different practices in farming and the larger yields that are being taken off these days we have depleted our soils of these valuable nutrients.
As we find ourselves planning for the upcoming growing year, there are many different events to take part in.
What a splendid end to 2015. Warmer than average weather and bright sunny days. But, with all of the nice weather came some very interesting questions concerning winter wheat.
This fall and winter I’ve had the pleasure of viewing hundreds of soil tests across Eastern Manitoba and one fairly common trend seen by myself and my dealers was slightly higher than expected residual soil nitrate levels especially on fields grown to wheat, a major crop in the region. We were fortunate enough to harvest a fairly high yielding wheat crop with higher than average protein as well so it was a bit of a surprise when this is what we observed. This observation though lines up with what a large soil test company I deal with found as well. On over 25,000 wheat fields they tested this fall, the average soil nitrate was 40 lbs/acre. Compared to the last 30 years, that number isn’t that high but compared to the last few years, it stands out a bit. Some factors that they and I believe lead to this include: