The research agronomy team from A&L Canada Laboratories based in London, Ont. developed and launched VitTellus Soil Health, a yield-correlated soil health test. The test and recommendation package aims to help farmers and crop consultants make more informed decisions on the application of nutrients and soil management.
Producers who haven’t had a soil test in the last three years could be over-applying, under-applying or unnecessarily applying nutrients. In this week’s crop report, OMAFRA staff provide answers to common soil questions and cover the basics of soil sampling and soil test interpretation. | READ MORE
Over the past 20 years, many western Canadian farmers have shifted to no-till or minimum tillage. During this time, the amount of summer-fallowed land has declined to the point that over 90 per cent of cultivated land is continuously cropped each year.
According to David Lobb, best management practices for soil health might actually have a negative impact on water quality, because any extra phosphorus stored in residue on the soil surface can potentially move into waterways in runoff events.
Fertilizers and manure are often applied in the fall to help crops get off to a good start the following spring. There’s some new research, however, that indicates the practice may not be as productive as farmers think.
Research is building on the many benefits of cover crops, from their ability to help boost yields in subsequent crops to improved soil structure and reduced erosion.
Add just enough fertilizer, and crops thrive. Add too much, and you may end up with contaminated surface and groundwater.
Understanding soil nutrient dynamics in a field is about more than numbers, and a new approach, using a spreadsheet with built-in formulas and a new bioassay, is intended to address some of the problems with conventional soil test numbers.
The Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC), along with Canadian senator Rob Black, University of Guelph's Dean Rene Van Acker, and John Poel from Heartland Soil and Crop, will be planting cotton underwear in the ground to reignite the importance of soils and soil health on July 23, 2018 in Elora,…
In the 2015 International Year of Soils, two key global soil resources were published by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS). The first Global Soil Partnership (GSP) effort was a revised World Soil Charter and the second was the first ever State…
Data collected from the Innovative Farmer Association of Ontario's Compaction Action day has been compiled and summarized, and OMAFRA's Ian McDonald explains some of the results in his latest post on | READ MORE
While most producers are wrapping up planting this spring, the Top Crop Manager team has soil on the mind. We’ve spent much of the very long winter and even shorter spring season planning our 2019 Soil Management and Sustainability Summit (to be held Feb. 26, 2019 in Saskatoon, and March…
High-yielding crops require large amounts of water during the growing season. A healthy, high-yielding wheat or canola crop requires up to 480 millimetres (mm) or 19 inches of water during the growing season. A good, average crop will take up 300 mm (12 inches) of water from the soil over…
Ontario has a new strategy to help ensure the province’s agricultural soils remain healthy and productive for future generations.“New Horizons: Ontario’s Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy” was developed in collaboration with the Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Working Group, experts from provincial farm organizations, agri-food businesses, conservation organizations, the…
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist Louis-Pierre Comeau is sifting his way through New Brunswick soil in search of answers to one of the biggest issues facing local farmers: the loss of soil organic matter and the decrease of soil health in farm fields.
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