Plant sprouting in healthy soil

Sustainability, soil health, crop rotation and good yields

In conversation with Dr. Diane Knight With increased focus on sustainable food production and optimal yields to feed a growing population, producers find themselves under increased pressure to respond to these changing demands. Decades of research have helped identify ways to modify farming practices to help maintain sustainability and soil health while also finding efficiencies and protecting profitability. To get …

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 …

MARKETING YOUR CROP 101 – THE FIVE P’S

With today’s global markets and open commodity trading, there has been a shift in the way producers can market and sell their crops. Savvy producers are savvy business people, with a good understanding of marketing. A good marketing strategy takes planning, preparation and an understanding of available marketing tools. There are five levers of marketing – the five “P’s”: Product, …

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 …

SAVE MONEY AND INPUTS WHEN SPRAYING

We’ve put together our top ways to save you money and get the most out of your inputs when spraying; whether you are spraying for weeds, insects/pests, or diseases/fungus, we have you covered!   1.) Find Your Economic Threshold [1]:  An Economic Threshold refers to the density of the pest vs. the economic return you would get from the controlled treatment. There are …

MAINTENANCE REMINDER: KEEP YOUR SEED DRILL AT PEAK PERFORMANCE

Before you know it, seeding season will be here. To ensure your seeding equipment is ready to work come spring, it’s important to perform routine maintenance throughout the winter. Our Engineers have compiled the following checklist of recommended farm equipment maintenance.   Air Drill Maintenance Checklist Check your air drill for cracked hydraulic hoses or places where they are rubbing …

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 …

DUTCH’S RECOMMENDED READS: MAY 2014

These are the top three Dutch recommend articles we think would be of interest to you from the month of April. We will continue to provide you with information intended to keep you informed about the latest news and trends in the industry. Prairie fertilizer supplies getting even more scare. Below-average temperatures to continue across Prairies. Rise in farmland values …

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 …

TAKING THE GUESS WORK OUT OF FARMLAND PURCHASES

We all know that there is a good time to buy and a less than ideal time to buy, this article will help you to better understand the timing of your decision on when to purchase and when to potentially stand back from this decision, price bubbles can exist everywhere, the stock market, home values, grain prices etc and farmland …