March 9th, 2021

Countdown to the 2021 Growing Season: 48 days...

Summary of Content

Our 5th guiding principle is "Share Your Knowledge". We don't suggest you give it away your cards for free but rather in exchange for information from peers. When we compare notes with similar sized operations we can learn from their mistakes and adopt their best ideas. Learn more about peer groups and benchmarking by reading our post titled: "Together we go farther, faster".

7 Guiding Principles for Farm Managers

1. Embrace Change
2. Make Decisions from the Field
3. Small Data before Big Data
4. Know Your Numbers
5. Share your knowledge

With the spring like weather there isnt much snow left in the fields and its looking like we may be facing some dry seeding conditions. This can pose a problem with seed placed fertilizers and seedling toxicity. We look at seed safe rates in canola and emergence on clay soils. We also continue our look at soil carbon and how its measured in terms of soil health.

Bru & Jenn

Feature Story

Together we go Farther, Faster. Leveraging the Power of Peer Groups

(Blog read time: 2 1/2 minutes) Producers are sitting on a mountain of data. Financial data, production data, weather data. Individually this data is of limited value. A producer can only compare crop by crop or year by year within his or her own business. This is why some farmers don’t see the value in keeping very detailed records[...]

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Notes From the Field

Canola Emergence on Clay Soils


(Blog read time: 2 1/2 minutes) Canola yields on eroded clay knolls are often lower than the field average. The biggest contribution to reduced yields likely comes from limited moisture availability in the later part of the season. But another factor to consider [...]
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Science of Soil Health

Soil Carbon - What is it and how do we measure it?

(Blog read time: 2 minutes) Soil carbon and its sequestration have become major buzzwords in agriculture and are getting a lot of attention from spectators worldwide.  Climate change and the perceived demise of our cropland has piqued the interest of many not directly involved with agriculture, leading to conversations reaching beyond the farm gate.  But what is so important about carbon and why all the hype?  Let’s take a look at soil carbon and how we measure it.[...]
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