Two-pass system offers protection for cereals
A two-pass system can improve the yield and quality of your cereal crop to help get the best grade possible and highest return on your investment.
The first pass boosts yield
Research shows that 50 to 65 percent of yield is created at the flag and penultimate leaf stage. Protecting the plant at this stage is so important because leaf diseases such as tan spot and septoria leaf spot block out part of the green leaves, they reduce the plant’s capacity for photosynthesis and result in less head fill in wheat.
Help turtles cross the road safely this season
With Victoria Day officially marking the beginning of cottage and road trip season, more Canadians are embracing the great outdoors. It’s not just humans that are getting out and about; many wildlife species are also on the move in search of prime nesting habitat to mate and breed. This often requires crossing busy roads.
With June being the height of nesting season for turtles, ‘tis the time to learn about our reptilian friends and what you can do to help them cross safely!
Turtles of Canada
Protect your canola from sclerotinia
A wet spring with moderate temperatures could create the conditions necessary for sclerotinia on your farm. If you don’t spray for sclerotinia or you don’t spray at the right time, your canola field could lose greater than half of its yield. If you wait until the first signs of the disease appear, it will be too late.
“The key to optimum sclerotinia control is timing,” said Glen Forster, Technical Marketing Specialist with BASF Canada.
Get involved in Car Care Month on Social Media
Ottawa, Ontario – Winter has been hard on your car – among other things, the cold temperatures and icy conditions have taken a toll on your belts and hoses, brakes, and exhaust system. Though you may not notice these changes, they can put your car at risk of breaking down.
Economics favour a two-pass system
Planning ahead for top quality wheat with a two-pass fungicide application can help maximize grain quality and yields, and provide an additional straw yield increase.
Although many independent agronomists recommend a two-pass fungicide application, the practice is not standard for all wheat growers. Most farmers will apply a fungicide at the heading stage, but an earlier application at the flag leaf stage is not always warranted.
How to store your winter tires
It’s spring! The snow has melted, the roads are clear, and road trip season is here. Now that the warm weather has finally arrived, chances are you’ve swapped out your winter tires for your all-season or summer tires, but have you taken steps to protect your winter tires until next year?
Though winter is now the furthest thing from our minds, it will eventually come back, and you’ll probably want to get some more wear out of your winter tires. Here are some tips to help you safely store them away:
Get crops off to the best start with a pre-seed burndown
Canadian growers know that one of the toughest things to deal with in agriculture is one of the things they have absolutely no control over - the weather. A long winter followed by cool spring temperatures is one of the season’s first challenges and often the biggest since it can delay seeding by several weeks.
Even with seeding delays, one thing you don’t want to skip in the spring is a burndown. Starting the season with clean fields will help crops get off to the best start and will help keep fields clean until a properly timed in-crop herbicide application.
Care for your car this May
After a long winter, you’re likely ready to give up your hibernating ways for some adventure and sunshine. For many Canadians this means family vacations, trips to the cottage, camping excursions, and weekend road trips. Whatever your style, chances are you are getting ready to hit the road, but are you confident that your car is in good enough shape to get you there safely and efficiently?
Bees, moths and butterflies oh my! Create a pollinator oasis right at home
Did you know that about one-third of the world’s food crop production relies on pollination? Perhaps due to this connection, the plight of pollinators (bees in particular) has recently become highly publicized worldwide. Todd Farrell, conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) says that while bees have been the poster child in the media, other pollinators such as butterflies and moths that are facing similar challenges should not be left out.
The future of lentils is bright
Canada has seen tremendous growth in lentil production as lentil consumption has soared over the last few years. According to Bert Vandenberg, University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Department, Crop Development Centre, world lentil consumption has gone up four to five times relative to the human population. Lentil production in Saskatchewan alone has gone from 25,000 acres in 1983 to more than three million acres today. With growth like this, it is no wonder the future looks so promising.