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This is not the year to do nutrient management on the fly or to rely on stale, out-of-date soil sampling data to drive your fertilizer decisions.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