Is Intercropping For You?

Intercropping in an age-old method that has been implemented in cultivation for years. Researchers at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have been evaluating the intercropping system with chickpeas, and so far, the results have been encouraging. With the promise of intercropping to potentially reduce crop risk, continued research and evaluation is important to understand the value in understanding the ratios of different crops.

SEED SMARTS: AUSTRALIAN GRAIN FARMER FINDS NEW HOME ON THE PRAIRIES

For this month’s edition of Seed Smarts, we spoke with Josh Lade to learn more about his cross-continental farming experiences. Many prairie farmers grew up on family farms and instinctively knew that’s where they belonged. But for Josh Lade, the journey to finding himself on a grain farm in the heart of the Canadian prairies was a little longer. Approximately …

SEED SMARTS: PRODUCER GROWING PAINS FOR GROWING PULSES

As part of our monthly blog series, Seed Smarts, we sat down with Doug Yeager to ask some candid questions about his farm. Doug Yeager has been farming his whole life, running his own operation since 2003, but eight years ago he was faced with a completely new challenge – growing pulses. Based in Choteau, Montana (about 50 miles northwest of …

SEED SMARTS: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ON MY FARM

Dutch sat down with Robert Thompson to ask some candid questions about his farm.  Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. Last season, Robert Thompson’s fields were hit hard by lodging, particularly in his barley crop. While there was some hail in his area, this main culprit for the lodging was a crop with too much foliage. …

5 SIGNIFICANT ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSTING ON THE FARM THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

From your small at home backyard compost bin that you use for your dinner scraps to large scale farming operations with livestock waste, composting is the safest and most environmentally friendly solution to your disposal problems.  Composting takes a nuisance product and turns it into a useful, pathogen safe product, especially so for farms with large quantities of on-farm processing …

7 BIG WAYS CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FARMING BOOSTS YOUR CAPITAL

Soil compaction as it relates to farming has been a well-documented and researched issue for over 30 years.  We know that a compacted soil is not a healthy soil; it harbors negative traits like reduced moisture holding potential, poor nutrient uptake, and poor soil structure[1].  So, what does soil compaction have to do with Controlled Traffic Farming?  As it so …

THE BENEFITS OF INTERCROPPING

Intercropping: Why Some Farmers Try Something Different Intercropping is defined simply as growing two or more crop types on one field. The practice of intercropping has actually been around since farming began. Modernization of farming equipment has changed our farming practices into what they are today, which is largely mono-cropping. Mono-cropping is planting only one crop on a field that …

PREVENTING WEED AND HERBICIDE RESISTANCE

The first weed with characteristics of herbicide resistance was discovered in 1967. To date, there are currently around 61 herbicide resistant weed varieties in Canada and 150 in the U.S, and many more on a global level. But how exactly are these weeds becoming resistant to herbicides? How can a herbicide be completely effective at killing your weeds one seeding …

TIME-SAVING TIPS TO GET YOUR SEEDER READY FOR PLANTING

Every farmer knows that great maintenance is essential to save time and money. However, not every grower realizes just how much difference a few simple tweaks can make at planting time. Spend the off-season making minor adjustments and repairs – you’ll save time on the field, and you may even be able to boost your yield.   Getting Down Pressure …

CHOOSING THE RIGHT FERTILIZER PLACEMENT METHOD

When applying nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers to your crops, there are several approaches you can take. Phosphorus doesn’t leach out of the soil, and it isn’t typically harmful to seeds or seedlings, making it the easier of the two fertilizers to apply. Nitrogen dissipates into the atmosphere quickly, and it is also easily washed away in soil water. In heavy …

FACTORS THAT AFFECT SEED PLACEMENT

Seed placement is key to producing an excellent harvest. Good seed placement consists of three factors: depth, seed spacing, and seed to soil contact. To meet these needs, you will have to strike the right balance with your direct seeding equipment.   Seeding to the Correct Depth Uneven seed depth leads to varying germination rates across a field. Seeds that …

A COMPARISON OF DISC OPENERS AND SEED KNIVES

In the world of no-till farming, growers have a variety of equipment options available. How do you make the choice between a knife opener and a disc opener? Even though there are benefits to both kinds of seeders, most producers prefer knife openers. Here is a comparison of both equipment types to help you make the right decision.   Performance …

OVERCOMING THE CHALLENGES OF DIRECT SEEDING

Producers switching to direct seeding methods from conventional tilling often face a number of challenges. Some of these obstacles serve as a deterrent for those that want to make the switch to no-till farming. As more growers learn how to overcome these challenges, we will all benefit from higher yields, healthier crops and less damage to the environment.   Managing …

HOW DIRECT SEEDING BENEFITS THE ENVIRONMENT

Direct seeding, or no-till farming, offers producers an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to conventional tillage. As agronomy advances, more people are starting to realize just how harmful traditional crop farming techniques can be. No-till farming doesn’t just improve cropland – it also helps keep our waterways clean while cutting carbon dioxide production and dust pollution.   Direct Seeding Leads to …