From the Ground Up

Inspiring views on the evolution of soil and agriculture.

Grain Sampling for Quality Analysis

Throughout the course of the growing season it was discussed how Seed Hawk technology leads to a crop known for its high quality and yields, in all soil types and conditions. It is during this time of the year, with harvest in full swing, that the full results of utilizing the right tool for the job becomes obvious – in the form of grain being brought in from the field.

As grain is harvested, it’s extremely important to properly sample it for quality grading and analysis. Most grain handling facilities require growers to take good representative samples of all their cereal crops before delivery, as quality control standards become even more strict.

To determine the quality of the grain in individual bins (or bags, etc.), and to minimize the chances of surprises during future grain deliveries, proper grain sampling procedures should be utilized for all crops. Even canola should be sampled in case quality issues arise.

Materials required for grain sampling are as …

Winning Combination: Winter Wheat and Seed Hawk

It’s an exciting time on the prairies as harvest is getting underway.  The satisfaction of bringing in a year’s worth of planning and hard work is one of the biggest reasons growers love what they do.  For some producers, it also means the beginning of the 2018 crop year with the planting of winter wheat.  …

Wheat ready for straight cutting

Pre-Harvest Burndown: Why Uneven Emergence Matters

As a grain producer, it’s always a satisfying feeling moving into August to see crops beginning to ripen. Of course, this means that harvest is just around the corner, which also means that it will soon be time for pre-harvest burndown (desiccation). The application of a herbicide before harvest (typically glyphosate) has become an important …

Assisting Straight Cutting and Swathing Canola at Seeding

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 …

Canola field after Prairies thunderstorm

Importance of Crop Staging in Fungicide Application

As we move into summer, crops are continuing to advance across the prairies.  The combination of moisture, heat and sunlight have helped crops through their early stages as producers wrap up their herbicide application.  Soon crops will be reaching the stage where it will be time to apply fungicides.  The decision whether to spray fungicide …