From the Ground Up

Inspiring views on the evolution of soil and agriculture.

2015 International Year of the Soil Recap


Hello to my viewers and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! I wanted to share my thoughts with you about the end of the International Year of Soil that took place over the last year and talk a bit about the impact of this initiative, looking at the Paris Climate talks and plans toward the future. Please take a quick look at my video blog: and let me know your thoughts. You can tweet me @PatrickBeaujot or @NOTILLville , or post a comment on the “From the Ground UP” blog below. Even though this initiative is over, we still need to do our part to promote, teach, and remind people about soil conservation, as many countries are recognizing its critical role in future food production.

Knives vs. Discs: Which are Best?

Greetings “From the Ground UP” readers/viewers! I hope your harvest went well! I have been asked to do a blog about what I think would be an important topic for the upcoming Canola Expo, being held December 8, 2015 in Langdon, North Dakota. The conditions in this are make a Seed Hawk Seeder the ideal …

Canola seeded with Seed Hawk side band dual knife Opener.

Seed Placed Phosphate Vs. Side Band

Hi to my readers/viewers! After talking to our sales and service reps in Alberta, I have decided to talk about the practice of seed-placed phosphate versus our recommendation of side-banding fertilizer. Watch this video to see why we at Seed Hawk think the side band method will work best for you. I invite your comments, either …

The Seed Hawk Seeding System and Wide Row Spacing

Hello to my readers/viewers! Just in time for the Agritrade Show in Red Deer, AB, running Nov 11-14, 2015, I have been asked to talk a bit about the advantages of wide row spacing. We prefer wide row spacing at Seed Hawk, and the following short video will explain why. Have a great show, and feel …

Seed Hawk Knife Opener

Comparing a Disc Opener to Knife Opener for Big Iron Show

When we started working on the Seed Hawk opener in the early nineties, we had already seen the results of disc and knife openers. In those early days, brave farmers were bringing up disc machines from Washington and other Southern states and they were having trouble getting quick, uniform emergence in our cold, wet soils. …