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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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P&H Kerwood Welcomes New Assistant Manager

September 4, 2018 | Eastern Canada

Brad Alderman is the new Assistant Manager for the P&H Kerwood facility.

He comes to P&H from the Animal Nutrition sector where he spent nine years learning about running an efficient operation and logistics. He was raised on a Lambton County cash crop farm and is an avid outdoorsman. He farms with his father-in-law and is looking forward to fueling his passion for agriculture with P&H Kerwood.

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