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  • Sep19Tue

    Wheat planting 2017

    September 19, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Agronomy, Equipment

    Wheat planting season will soon be upon us and it is important to plan ahead before putting the first seed in the ground. The previous crop has a part to play in planting this year’s wheat. Insuring that the combine is set up properly to evenly distribute residue and trash is vital in establishing a good stand for big wheat next fall....

  • Aug21Mon

    Please be Careful

    August 21, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Opinion

    When I was thinking about writing this blog it was going to be a lot longer and be a more technical subject. But, on my way home today I came across, yet another, self-propelled sprayer meets car accident. Yes, in August! Luckily no one was hurt.

    This spring has been stressful for everyone; with the crop going in late and the wet weather...

  • Jul13Thu

    Crop can surprise us!

    July 13, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Opinion

    We’ve come through what could be called a very challenging spring in most parts of Ontario.   Excessive moisture delayed planting in many parts of the province, and continued into late June which kept sprayers out of the fields many days, delaying crop protection applications.

     

    Needless to say many crops are showing the...

  • Feb24Fri

    4R’s on Your Farm

    February 24, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Agronomy

    On the educational circuit this winter, discussion around the 4R’s is in the forefront of cropping systems topics.  By now hopefully everyone understands what the 4R’s represent in managing a crop fertility program: 1) the right source 2) the right placement 3) the right rate and 4) the right timing.  The driving factor...

  • Feb13Mon

    2 X 2 Equals?

    February 13, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Agronomy

    In today’s agriculture, the buzz word is “precision”. Sometimes we jump over the basics and directly to “high tech”.

    ALPINE G24 has been a precision product for over 40 years. Sometimes we take some things for granted. Every drop of ALPINE G24 is identical. There is no separation. The dry fertilizer industry is...

  • Jan20Fri

    WINTER WEATHER…KIND OF

    January 20, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Opinion

    It is mid-late January in Ontario, Canada.  That means pile and piles of snow along with temperatures so cold you can get frost bite in a matter of minutes, right?  That is not the case and this especially not true for January 2017.  In Southwestern ON we have experienced more rain than snow this year and some forecasted...

  • Dec23Fri

    Farm Show & Meeting Season

    December 23, 2016 Ken
    Filed Under:
    Opinion

    As we soon turn the calendar over into a new year, it can only mean one thing………the beginning of the winter Farmshow and meetings circuit.  After 30 years in this business it’s got me thinking as to what you as a grower must expect from these.

    Aside from a good lunch and social time with others in our great...

  • Dec19Mon

    Roots 'R Us

    December 19, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Agronomy

    When was the last time you dug a corn plant or soybean plant in a field to take a look at the roots? They are out of sight and they are quite often out of mind.

    Roots are a very critical part of growth and reproductive processes in the plant.

    Some of the many functions roots have with in the plant are:

    1. Anchoring and supporting the plant.
    2. ...
  • Nov16Wed

    The Great Escape "Plot"

    November 16, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Opinion, Agronomy

    I know I know; another industry rep talking to you about plots, that’s the last thing you need! I will be the first one right there to agree with you; plots are a pain and they probably always will be. I have been doing them myself for the better part of 26 years and I haven't hit 40 yet!!! However, even though I know they are very time...

  • Oct17Mon

    What Are You Thankful For?

    October 17, 2016
    Filed Under:
    Opinion
    This past weekend saw our Canadian Thanksgiving come and go, and I was lucky enough to spend some time with friends and family. During one of our Thanksgiving gatherings, my 9 year old daughter asked me, “Daddy, what are you thankful for?” Obviously, some things came to mind right away, like family, good health, and friends. But...