Seeding/Planting
Planting conditions have been good in many parts of the province; however, there are some areas that have been too wet, resulting in delayed planting. Areas affected include the heavy clay soils in Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Haldimand and Niagara. Corn, soybean and canola planting have also been delayed in…
Seeding progress has doubled in Saskatchewan thanks to relatively good conditions, according to the latest Saskatchewan Crop Report. Seventy per cent of the crop is now in the ground, up from 35 per cent last week and well ahead of the five-year (2013-2017) seeding average of 55 per cent for…
Provincially, seeding progress in Manitoba is estimated at 80 per cent complete, according to the latest Manitoba Crop Report. Winter injury resulted in some reseeding of winter wheat in the central, eastern, and Interlake regions. Dry conditions have resulted in slow growth and difficulties assessing injury. | READ MORE
Field activity has ramped up with the warmer temperatures and many areas receiving spotty rains allowing soils to dry up. There is tremendous capacity in the country side from the input suppliers to growers with the ability to plant a significant acreage in a day. If the weather holds what…
As weather conditions begin to even out, grain farmers across Southwestern Ontario were out in force this week trying to make up for lost time, according to the London Free Press. But, as one farmer says, you just never know what Mother Nature will bring. | READ MORE
Ontario farmers are entering May with good temperatures and lots of energy to get on to the fields, after cool temperatures and wet conditions prevented wheels from turning in April.
A cool and late spring has delayed field work across Saskatchewan, according to the latest crop report from the government of Saskatchewan. However, seeding has just nicely started in the southern areas. Most other areas have some field activity with harrowing, pre seeding herbicide and fertilizer applications.
While warmer soil will speed up germination and will help with seed survival, canola seeded early May generally out-yields canola seeded in late May, according to the Canola Council of Canada. If fields are dry enough to support the seeding tool and tractor, seeding can begin no matter the soil temperature…
Canadian farmers expect to plant fewer acres of soybeans and canola in 2018 – crops that were both at record high levels in 2017 – according to Statistics Canada's principal field crop report for March 2018. Seeding intentions of dry peas and lentils are also expected to decline, potentially due to weaker…
Delayed seasonal spring conditions may hinder a timely start to Prairie seeding operations, which could force farmers to make changes to what they plant. | READ MORE
Producers will find greener pastures and more green in their bank accounts thanks to the return of a popular forage seed program offered by Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Crop Production Services (CPS).Under the program, Alberta producers receive a $100 rebate on every 50 lb. bag of Proven Seed forage…
A Saskatchewan researcher is encouraging farmers to try intercropping. The practice would see farmers plant chickpeas within a flax field, for example. Farmers are intercropping about 45,000 acres of cropland in the province. | READ MORE
Soil characteristics like organic matter content and moisture play a vital role in helping plants flourish. It turns out that soil temperature is just as important. Every plant needs a certain soil temperature to thrive. If the temperature changes too quickly, plants won’t do well. Their seeds won’t germinate or…
Prairie potholes are usually small in size, but when farmed, these perennially wet spots on the landscape can have outsize implications for the environment and farm profitability.The Prairie Pothole Region extends from Canada south and east, and through parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. In Iowa,…
A local company focused on robotic cutting solutions is experimenting with an ultra-high pressure no-till system. A-Cubed (Advanced Agriculture Applications) is using fluid jets in place of coulters on standard, commercially available seeding equipment they’ve modified.The goal, according to Agricultural Business Development Manager Jeff Martel, is for farmers using no-till…
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