July 19, 2017 Kris Cherewyk
When it comes to harvest time, producers are always looking to increase both efficiency and yields. An increasing trend amongst canola growers in recent years has been the use of straight cutting technology to harvest their crops. New canola varieties with pod-shatter resistance, combined with improved technology in straight-cut headers has led to more acres being harvested in this fashion, as opposed to swathing first.
The advantages of straight cutting include; reduced costs by eliminating swathing, potentially higher yields, green seed reduction, and potentially higher oil content. Disadvantages include; longer maturity timing, potential combine wear due to increased green material, and possible weather damage of longer-standing plants.
It’s anyone’s guess what the weather will be like during the fall months; however, growers can help mitigate some of the… Read More »
July 12, 2017 Kris Cherewyk
One defining characteristic of the Great Plains is the variability of weather conditions. While some areas are still recovering from excessive moisture dating back to last fall, a large part of the region has been dealing with substantial drought over the course of this spring and summer. Even… Read More »
April 24, 2017 Ray Dowbenko
Seed Hawk Seed Drill System in the field
Seeding can be a challenging process and is only amplified when simultaneous fertilizer application is involved. Too wet or too dry conditions – not uncommon in the northern tier states and western Canada –… Read More »
April 21, 2017 Kris Cherewyk
Hello everyone. With most of the snow melted across the province and the temperature going up it’s hard not to get excited about the upcoming seeding season. Early planting has its advantages including reduced risk of fall frost, taking advantage of early season moisture, etc. … Read More »
April 19, 2017 Chris Churko
The ultimate goal of crop production is to get the highest yield possible while preserving the best grade attainable. Producers deploy fertility programs, chemical strategies, and other technology and management decisions to achieve this. However, when it comes to maximizing the… Read More »