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Use Grain Pricing Options to capture strong commodity prices

April 7, 2022 | Western Canada

As if you didn’t have enough on your mind, there is never-before-seen volatility in grain markets to add to your reason to lie awake, staring at the ceiling.

In our hyper, 24-hour news cycle, any small hiccup can cause a blip in the market. Relying on your own wits to capture those momentarily spikes won’t work, especially when prices spike in overnight markets only to settle back down by the time you sip your morning coffee and pull out your phone to check. (more…)

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Target critical weed-free period to maximize yield

April 5, 2022 | Eastern Canada

Keep a crop weed free during a critical period early in its development and you’ll maintain it’s yield potential. Let weeds sneak in, even though the plants are young and small, and you’ll flush away yield before you’re even out of the gate.

Plants don’t like to be crowded. Put an object close to a plant and it will change the way it grows to compensate for the pressure. (more…)

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Assessing your Winter Wheat stand

March 10, 2022 | Eastern Canada

Weather conditions were difficult this past fall when winter wheat was planted with an estimated 70% of intended wheat acres planted. It was one of the more challenging falls in recent memory.

Some of those acres were seeded in September, before the weather turned and it started to rain. Some growers were able to sneak in and plant in the middle of the planting window in mid-October. A large number of acres didn’t get planted until the first 10 days of November.

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YaraVita PROCOTE: Better flow, higher yield

March 4, 2022 | Western Canada

You know your crop needs micronutrients. You can see it with your own eyes when there’s a deficiency – a stunted crop, dead plant tissue or yellowing of leaves due to reduced production of chlorophyll. Low levels of zinc, boron or other micronutrients cost you yield and in plant health.

The problem is, no one likes blending micronutrients, especially as you watch your investment float away in big clouds of dust. It’s heavy, dirty work. And then when you get out into the field, everything stops as you try and release a giant clump of sticky fertilizer stuck in the air tank.

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Early season insect management for canola

February 1, 2022 | Western Canada

The effect of drought conditions in 2021 could haunt us into 2022.  

Take flea beetles. There’s the potential for higher insect pressure due to the dry weather in 2021. This year you should definitely consider using a seed treatment. It’s one way to protect your canola against pests like flea beetles.  (more…)

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Lock your doors against kochia, palmer amaranth, water hemp

February 1, 2022 | Western Canada

Lock your doors. Three nasty weeds resistant to multiple herbicide groups are spreading across Western Canada.

Weed resistance isn’t new to Western Canada. But more recently, weeds resistant to multiple groups are showing up.

In the spring of 2021 in Western Canada, wild oats, kochia and green foxtail were commonly found to be resistant to several herbicide groups.

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We can help you better manage nitrogen

January 7, 2022 | Eastern Canada

The large swings in fertilizer prices are enough to cause a queasy stomach. Your local P&H agronomist can help settle things down and draft a plan for your farm to make sure your dollars are being spent wisely.

Nitrogen is one product worth paying close attention to in 2022. Whether you use nitrogen in granular or liquid form, we can help mitigate losses due to natural weather events.

The first step in the planning process is a soil test. A basic $30 test can save money per acre in the long run. It’s a worthwhile investment, especially with spiking nitrogen prices. A soil test will help your agronomist determine the most economical rate of nitrogen (MERN) for each field.

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Winter planning for nutrient management critical in 2022

January 7, 2022 | Eastern Canada

This is not the year to do nutrient management on the fly or to rely on stale, out-of-date soil sampling data to drive your fertilizer decisions.

Fertilizer prices have increased significantly this fall and rumblings of possible supply shortages are a common topic of discussion in the agricultural industry.

Weather hasn’t helped nutrient management either. Western Canada suffered through a drought in 2021 while parts of Ontario were abnormally wet this fall. Moisture and heat both affect nutrient availability.

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Winter Wheat Starter Fertilizer

September 26, 2018 | Eastern Canada

If there ever was a crop to respond with yield to starter fertilizer, wheat is it. Seed placed phosphate is absolutely number one, but what if you don’t have the equipment for that? Work done by OMAFRA is showing some very promising results. What causes the yield response? Phos really promotes root growth. Root growth promotes top growth. Top growth promotes more root growth. And a strong root system increases winter survival. Seed placed phos on low-med testing soils gets you 10-20 bu/ac. High testing soils still give you a pretty predictable yield response, but it’s usually skinny on the payback. Broadcast starter is looking like a 12% yield bump in OMAFRA’s trials with soil tests 6-13 ppm on phos. The timing can be tricky, but try to get us to sneak in between the combine and drill with the airflow if you can’t put it down yourself. Starter on wheat is a no-brainer, but probably close to half of Ontario’s acres go in without any fertilizer. That’s just crazy.

 

By: Jeff Jacques

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Watch your seed size this fall

September 4, 2018 | Eastern Canada

Wheat seed will have a wide range of sizes this fall. Dry weather across our region during wheat grain fill made for pockets of low yielding, small seeded wheat. Inevitably some of the province’s seed production landed on those fields. Seed sizes will vary from 8,000-14,000 seeds per pound, even within the same variety. Make sure you know what you’re getting and do the math to hit your target seed drop.

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