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Controlling Weeds with Pre-Emergent Herbicides

April 1, 2024 | Eastern Canada, Western Canada

Pre-emergents are a foundational part of a successful herbicide-based weed management program.

Timing and environmental factors will affect efficacy, but the appropriate herbicide applied at the right time can have significant benefits to overall crop health and quality. Developing a pro-active pre-emergent strategy is one way to effectively control weed populations and improve crop yields.

Why are pre-emergents important?

As weed resistance becomes more wide spread, pre-emergents are one way producers can combat weed populations and reduce nutrient competition early. They can help spread work load and ensure that your protection products are applied before weed populations explode.

Here are some tips to control problem weeds with pre-emergent herbicides: (more…)

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Benefits of Seed Treatments

March 1, 2024 | Eastern Canada, Uncategorized, Western Canada

You can’t recover yield potential lost from a poor start in the critical first weeks of seeding, and treatments are one tool you can use to protect yield potential and ROI.

This winter we’ve seen warm temperatures and low snow fall throughout most of Canada.  That means your soil structure and disease pressure could look much different than if you were predicting four feet of snow. Choosing seed varieties with the best genetic potential for your operation is crucial. And part of the planning and variety selection process should include choosing a seed treatment.

What are the benefits of seed treatments?

Seed treatments act as a preventative measure against soil-borne diseases and pests,  and can help you offset certain production challenges before the seed is in the ground. (more…)

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P&H’s Crop Planning Tips for Plant 2024

January 23, 2024 | Eastern Canada, Uncategorized, Western Canada


Aside from an extreme weather event, the winter months are the last chance to make calculated crop plan adjustments.

Crop planning with P&H can help you finalize crop rotation plans, select seed varieties with agronomic traits that fit your farm, and create a fertility plan that matches the selected varieties and the fertility of your fields. It’s more important than ever to hyper-analyze costs of each input, and carefully select the right inputs for your farm with the current environmental conditions.


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Consider marketing old and new crop now

June 19, 2023 | Uncategorized

Take advantage of higher old-crop prices before they turn and think about pricing new crop to help with cashflow

There’s a point when old crop price drops. It’s usually in late June or early July. Don’t get caught with grain still in your bin when that happens.

Remember economics 101? Markets operate under the law of supply and demand. There’s a moment every spring or early summer when end users suddenly decide they have enough grain to get them through the rest of the year until new crop gets harvested. Demand drops. Price follows.


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Take the fear out of these wheat weather markets

April 28, 2023 | Uncategorized

GPOs and other tools can protect your returns, even in a volatile market

As is often the case this time of year, we’re in a weather market for wheat. It seems every morning there’s a new announcement somewhere in the world that causes markets to move.

That’s often the case in the spring when seeding is happening across North America. There’s a lot of energy in the market. News makes it sound like it’s too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry. We’re in a weather market now.


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Assessing Your Winter Wheat Stand – 2023

March 27, 2023 | Eastern Canada

Fall planting in 2022 was a dream for much of the Ontario winter wheat crop.  Record acres are planted.  A very stark contrast to what was experienced the year prior.  The crop seems to be off to a near perfect beginning.  To date, the winter has not been too threatening by way of temperature or precipitation.

There is reason for optimism, but we are not out of the woods yet.  April weather will still have an impact on the strength of your wheat stand. (more…)

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Protect your investment with the 5R weed control strategy

March 6, 2023 | Western Canada

Maximize your crop’s success by implementing a 5R strategy: The right rotation, the right time, the right herbicide, the right rate and the right resource

Weed strategies need to be adjusted every year based on where your farm is located and what environmental impacts have affected weed growth.

Canada’s resistant weeds continue to grow. For example, Kochia is now resistant to Group 2, Group 4, Group 9, and/or Group 14 herbicides. Group 14 is a newly added group of kochia resistance discovered in a Saskatchewan case, and added resistance brings a change to the 3R weed control strategy.


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Dealing with Tar Spot in 2022

June 30, 2022 | Eastern Canada

There has been a lot of talk regarding Tar Spot in the past couple of years , and with good reason. This disease migrated from south of the border and moved into Southern Ontario by winds. Tar Spot (depending on time of infection) can rob a corn crop of up to 60% of potential yield. This disease not only continues to blow in from the US, but it can also overwinter on stover and in soil. (more…)

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Do a stand count and soil test for better forages

June 6, 2022 | Eastern Canada

We can help manage your forage crop and maximize yield with insect and disease protection too

Whether you’re a dairy farmer looking for excellent quality and high yield, feeding hay to horses or other livestock, or selling hay as a cash crop, it pays to manage your forages.

No matter the situation, the first step to better forage management is to assess what you have. The earlier in the season you do this the better. A fertilizer strategy can start after first cut and still make a difference in yield and quality by the end of summer. It’s worth it to act now. (more…)

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