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Are we done talking about the great drought of 2021 yet? You probably already know the answer to that question - of course not. The effects of this past growing season's weather will last for a while, but the lessons learned are plentiful. In this epsiode, a harvest update and recap, our new co-host Dylan Sjølie chats with Jeremy Boychyn, agronomy …
 
Drought can have devastating effects on crops. Besides moisture stress, dry soil results in limited root activity, preventing roots from effectively taking up nutrients, and limited soil biological activity. In this episode of Inputs, Alan Blaylock, senior agronomist with Nutrien, shares tips and advice on recovering and adjusting fertilizer manage…
 
In late 2018/early 2019, Yvonne Lawley, a professor in the plant science department at the University of Manitoba, set out to learn more about what early adopters are doing with cover crops across the Prairies, as well as challenges and barriers to adopting the practice. Callum Morrison, a University of Manitoba PhD student, joined the project and …
 
Sulfur comes in two different forms: elemental sulfur and sulfate (most commonly found in ammonium sulfate). But which one is the best choice for your crop? The overall goal is to apply nutrients at the time the plant is taking them up to maximize production and minimize loss, so timing and crop uptake are two main factors to consider when making t…
 
Often called "the hidden yield robber," soybean cyst nematode is hard to see, but it can have devastating effects on a soybean crop. An integrated management approach, including the use of resistant varieties, is necessary. But as fall approaches, it's important to scout your fields and sample your fields for SCN. In this episode, Albert Tenuta, fi…
 
Winter barley may not be a new crop for Ontario growers, but a combination of factors is making the cereal crop an attractive option to include in rotation. Top Crop Manager associate editor Alex Barnard chats with Joanna Follings, cereals specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), about winter barley's be…
 
Crop conditions on the Prairies are extremely hot and dry, which is changing crop outlooks and plans created at seeding. Combined with the severe livestock feed shortage developing, affected producers might be considering converting some poorer-performing grains, pulses or oilseeds to greenfeed or silage. David Van Deynze, chief product officer wit…
 
In what's already been a tough year due to extreme drought in Western Canada, and excess rain in many parts of Ontario, minimizing losses during harvest is more important than ever. In this episode of Inputs, Lorne Grieger, business development representative at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) shares insights on minimizing harve…
 
Harvest is a time of short timelines and quick turnarounds at the mercy of the weather and crop readiness. It's hard to find the time to get everything done, let alone sleeping and eating, which can lead to rushed decisions and increased risk. This episode features Rob Gobeil, agricultural health and safety specialist with the Canadian Agricultural…
 
Using winter wheat in rotation can be beneficial to Ontario producers – besides revitalizing soil and disrupting pest cycles, manure can be applied after winter wheat harvest and before planting a cover crop. In this episode, Christine Brown, field crop sustainability specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs shares …
 
You've collected your farm data through the season – but as harvest approaches, how can you ensure you're set up for success? Good data in is good data out, and in this episode, Chapin Bell, Climate Business Manager for FieldView in Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan, breaks down how you can put your data to work at harvest time. Bell shares pre-ha…
 
We’re well into the growing season at this point. This episode aims to provide an update on how canola and soybeans on the Prairies are handling the challenges of this specific year – namely, the heat and drought conditions. Top Crop Manager associate editor Alex Barnard speaks with Ian Epp, Saskatchewan agronomy specialist with the Canola Council …
 
Here’s the good news about wireworms: of the more than 300 species found on the Prairies, only four or five cause trouble for agricultural production. The bad news? This patchy pest can create serious trouble in fields – but also completely ignore neighbouring areas, making it a constant battle to scout and track wireworm populations. Research on w…
 
Technology has come a long way since its first uses in agriculture, and advancements are continually made. While traditional pen-and-paper tracking methods are still effective, digital tools provide opportunities for collaboration between all involved on the farm, from the key decision-makers to agronomists and consultants, and everyone in between.…
 
Herbicide resistance: it's a major concern in Canada, with the list of resistant weeds growing. Where it exists, waterhemp is one of the biggest concerns, given its ability to rapidly evolve resistance and current four-way resistant populations. In this episode, Top Crop Manager associate editor Alex Barnard chats with Peter Sikkema and Kim Brown-L…
 
Plant growth regulators (PGRs) are a useful tool in preventing crop lodging, but the decision to use a PGR is far more complex than the desired outcome would imply. In this episode, Top Crop Manager associate editor Alex Barnard chats PGRs with Sheri Strydhorst, agronomy research specialist with the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions, and Joanna …
 
As soon as conditions are just right, farmers across Canada are antsy to begin their spring seeding. In some parts of the country, #plant21 is already well underway by mid-late April, with other areas getting off to a slower start. No matter what your progress is, this episode of Inputs is packed with tips and reminders from two experts to help you…
 
The Top Crop Summit, held virtually on Feb. 23 and 23, looked much different in 2021 than it had in years past. Through our virtual format, the Summit brought together experts, farmers, consultants and other industry members to share research updates and agronomic advice in advance of the 2021 growing season. In this episode, editorial director Ste…
 
The world of agriculture technology is changing, and there's no time to be left behind. In this episode, Andrew Olliver, chair of the Agriculture Industry Electronics Foundation (AEF) joins ag editor Bree Rody to discuss the advances in ISOBUS technology, and how the AEF is working to solve compatibility issues and help growers become more knowledg…
 
While fall is the most ideal time for soil sampling, spring sampling often needs to happen. In this episode, John Heard, soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture chats with ag editor Bree Rody about how to approach spring soil sampling, best practices for sampling and getting your soil in top shape as spring seeding approaches. Never mis…
 
Recently, sulphur has become a more frequent addition to nutrient management plans. A decline in soil test sulphur means farmers should plan to manage the nutrient just as they would with phosphorus or potassium. In this episode, Cristie Preston, PhD, senior agronomist with Nutrien, discusses why sulphur deficiency is more widespread than in the pa…
 
The 2020 season threw some curve balls at soybean growers in Manitoba: a slow, cold start, precipitation extremes, and an early killing frost. In this episode, Top Crop Manager associate editor Alex Barnard discusses the challenges and outcomes of the soybean season with Laura Schmidt, production specialist with Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers. …
 
The 2019 growing season presented some challenges to Ontario cereal growers, but 2020 conditions were a welcome change for most producers across the province. In this episode, Joanna Follings, the cereals specialists for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, recaps the 2020 Ontario winter wheat and spring cereals season, and …
 
In agriculture, you often hear about the importance of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). These macronutrients are essential for crop health. In excessive amounts or uneven ratios, they can also be harmful. But what about sulphur (S)? Jeff Schoenau, professor of soil science at the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Ministry o…
 
Fall soil management is important, and applying sulphur and other fertilizers in the fall can be beneficial to crops. But there are specific conditions to be mindful of in order to ensure the benefits outweigh the risks. In this episode, Cristie Preston, PhD, agronomist with Nutrien, shares recommendations for fall-applied fertilizer and how to mit…
 
Yield maps, moisture maps, combine speed – collecting this harvest data can be helpful, but how do we put it into play? Lydia Parker, field product specialist with Climate FieldView, shares tips on preparing for harvest and how to use harvest data to your advantage throughout the entire growing season, from seeding to post-harvest. Never miss an ep…
 
Cover crops are widely seen as a beneficial practice, with effects like improved soil health, weed management and erosion protection. They also require a little planning and knowledge to be successful. Kris McNaughton is a research technician at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. She discusses the importance of forethought: termination of …
 
There are so many variables in a cropping season, and when it comes to your inputs, a precision application can be beneficial in more ways than one. As Andria Karstens, field product specialist for Western Canada with Climate FieldView, explains in this episode, crop scripting and targeted applications can answer lots of the common questions that g…
 
While there are indicators that help predict disease prevalence in a growing season, the many factors that influence crop disease risk and severity keep farmers, agronomists and pathologists on their toes. 2020 has been a wet year for many on the Prairies, but this has less of an effect on crop disease than you may expect, according to Kelly Turkin…
 
In this second bonus episode as part of our Harvest Hub series, Top Crop Manager's Western Field Editor Bruce Barker talks to Charley Sprenger, project leader at the Prairie Agriculture Machinery Institute (PAMI), about management of stored pulses. This episode is part of Harvest Hub, a week of content dedicated to sharing insights and tips to help…
 
Farmers across Canada experienced a "harvest from hell" in 2019; one that couldn't end soon enough (but for many, one that continued through spring 2020). Top Crop Manager's Harvest Hub will share content to help you prepare for what harvest 2020 might bring, including this bonus episode of Inputs featuring our Western Field Editor, Bruce Barker an…
 
Insect pest pressure in the 2020 growing season is quite clearly divided between Eastern and Western Canada. The hot, dry conditions in Ontario have resulted in an increase of insect pests in variety and populations. On the Prairies, the wet conditions haven’t allowed many insect pests to flourish, so pressure is lower across the board, but there a…
 
Scouting fields is an essential method of monitoring crop development and evaluating pest and disease risk. It should happen frequently through the season, ramping up to every couple of days when risks are higher. Recently, digital tools have become more popular and as Lydia Parker, field product specialist with Climate FieldView says, digital scou…
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. In the seventh and final episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Tom Wolf, a spray application specialist, co-owner of Agrimetrix Research and Traini…
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. Our sixth episode features Leon Kochian, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan, in conversation wit…
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. In the fifth episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Syama Chatterton, plant pathologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Lethbridge Resear…
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. In the fourth episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Tyler Wist, a field crop entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, and J…
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. In the third episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Sheri Strydhorst, an agronomic research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Amy…
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. In the second episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Joy Agnew, director of applied research at Olds College in Alberta, discusses smart technology …
 
The 2020 Plant Health Summit gathered farmers, agronomists, researchers and industry members at the TCU Place in Saskatoon to learn about the latest research and strategies for optimal crop health. In the first episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Jeff Schoenau, professor of soil fertility at the University of Saskatchewan discusses the impor…
 
This episode of Inputs talks about late-planted corn, the future of the seed industry in Canada, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Production Pundits session. The Southwest Agricultural Conference is an annual conference held in southwestern Ontario that takes producers ‘back to school’ on the latest topics in farming. In the episode, Ben …
 
This bonus episode of Inputs is all about canola – from how harvest was to producer plans for 2020. Associate editor Stephanie Gordon shares highlights from when she travelled to Winnipeg to attend the Canola Discovery Forum from Nov. 13 to 15, 2019. In the episode, Keith Gabert, agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, shares ways gr…
 
As producers plan and think ahead, a well-balanced crop rotation is one way to mitigate agronomic and business risk on the operation. Darren Bond, farm management specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, joins us on this episode of Inputs to discuss what’s involved with good crop rotation. Bond touches on weeds, pests and disease management, changing …
 
In 2020, Manitoba will see the launch of two pea-protein processing facilities. This episode of Inputs: the podcast by Top Crop Manager, provides context on where the pea-protein industry is and explores some of the opportunities and challenges for growing peas. Cassandra Tkachuk, production specialist with the Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, a…
 
With harvest on the horizon, the performance of this year’s crop will set the stage for what’s required next year. Robert Mullen, director of agronomy sales for Nutrien, joins us on this episode of Inputs: the podcast by Top Crop Manager, to discuss post harvest best practices, from soil sampling to nutrient management.…
 
Ontario saw poor winter wheat survival in 2019, in part because of wet weather in the fall and spring. To avoid a repeat season, growers are exploring how to ensure their crop gets off to a good start. In this episode, Joanna Follings discusses some of the risks of planting early, ideal seeding rate and depth, along with some input considerations f…
 
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