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Variability In Weather Affects Key Decisions

By: Andy Nadler Agricultural Meteorologist, Farmers Edge One of the greatest challenges in farming is dealing with variability. Soil varies from one field to the next and within a single field. Input and commodity prices change from day-to-day. While these factors...

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Managing Fertility After a Drought

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist, Farmers Edge We are all aware of the impact of Drought on crop yields.  Drought also causes several soil processes to slow down or virtually stop. The two most pronounced effects of drought are: Reduced crop growth and...

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The Scourge of the North

By Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist Last time I addressed a weed that I called the “scourge of the south”. For the northern farmers, this week I will discuss “the scourge of the north,” commonly known as cleavers. Just as we saw a significant increase in the...

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How to Manage Drifts on the Farm

By Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist   Last year, Xtend Soybeans were introduced into the market. This product offered promise to growers who were battling glyphosate resistant horseweed (marestail), waterhemp and Palmer’s Amaranth. Normally, soybeans are very...

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The Scourge of the South

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist, Farmers Edge Over the next couple of blogs, I would like to discuss two weeds. One I will refer to as “The Scourge of the South” and the other as “The Scourge of the North." Unluckily, I have worked in an area where the two...

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The Dirt on Tillage

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist, Farmers Edge From 1987 – 89 western Canada experienced a severe and devastating drought. Record hot weather and limited rainfall left the agricultural areas parched. I was working in southern Manitoba and saw farmers...

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Not all Nitrogen Applications are Created Equal on the Farm

VRT– Supporting More Profitable Decisions on Every Acre   For Stanley Watkins, applying Variable Rate Technology (VRT) on his farm near Donnellson, Iowa, started as an exercise in efficiency – to save fertilizer input costs resulting from over-application, as well as...

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Getting Ready for Spring

  By Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist   As the snow melts and the sloughs gradually dry up, it is time to hit you with a couple of important messages. Firstly, take extra time to ensure that whatever job you are working on is done safely! I know, you have heard...

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Using Herbicides that Contain Residual Products Effectively

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist Over the past number of years, I have been asked to visit and observe cereal crops in the spring that have been seeded to fields treated with burn-off herbicides containing residual products such as florasulam or metsulfuron....

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Tech Tools Add Insight

The last decade farmers have adopted new technologies that allow them to map yields during harvest, develop grid maps from soil testing, log tractor and sprayer passes with GPS equipment and maybe take flyover maps with unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones. Putting...

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The 4R’s of Fertilizing in the Fall

For the Canadian Prairies and Northern Plains We've previously reviewed the 4Rs of nutrient management as they relate to Fall Nitrogen. This article will focus on “the others” or PK and S. With regards to “Right Time”, Phosphate (P), Potash (K) and Sulphur (S) are...

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How Field-Centric Weather Data Improves Crop Staging Accuracy

Over the past decades, our abilities to monitor and predict the weather have improved dramatically. At one time, weather stations were few and far between, mostly located at larger centers and airports. Forecasts offered predictions that were only slightly better than...

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Managing Fertility After a Drought

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist, Farmers Edge We are all aware of the impact of Drought on crop yields.  Drought also causes several soil processes to slow down or virtually stop. The two most pronounced effects of drought are: Reduced crop growth and...

read more

The Scourge of the North

By Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist Last time I addressed a weed that I called the “scourge of the south”. For the northern farmers, this week I will discuss “the scourge of the north,” commonly known as cleavers. Just as we saw a significant increase in the...

read more

How to Manage Drifts on the Farm

By Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist   Last year, Xtend Soybeans were introduced into the market. This product offered promise to growers who were battling glyphosate resistant horseweed (marestail), waterhemp and Palmer’s Amaranth. Normally, soybeans are very...

read more

The Scourge of the South

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist, Farmers Edge Over the next couple of blogs, I would like to discuss two weeds. One I will refer to as “The Scourge of the South” and the other as “The Scourge of the North." Unluckily, I have worked in an area where the two...

read more

The Dirt on Tillage

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist, Farmers Edge From 1987 – 89 western Canada experienced a severe and devastating drought. Record hot weather and limited rainfall left the agricultural areas parched. I was working in southern Manitoba and saw farmers...

read more

Not all Nitrogen Applications are Created Equal on the Farm

VRT– Supporting More Profitable Decisions on Every Acre   For Stanley Watkins, applying Variable Rate Technology (VRT) on his farm near Donnellson, Iowa, started as an exercise in efficiency – to save fertilizer input costs resulting from over-application, as well as...

read more

Getting Ready for Spring

  By Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist   As the snow melts and the sloughs gradually dry up, it is time to hit you with a couple of important messages. Firstly, take extra time to ensure that whatever job you are working on is done safely! I know, you have heard...

read more

Using Herbicides that Contain Residual Products Effectively

By: Thom Weir, Senior Precision Agronomist Over the past number of years, I have been asked to visit and observe cereal crops in the spring that have been seeded to fields treated with burn-off herbicides containing residual products such as florasulam or metsulfuron....

read more