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Soil variability changes nutrition requirements

Soil variability changes nutrition requirements

Q & A with an expert

Q: Can field performance be enhanced by a better understanding of the soil and nutrition placement? A: Soil nutrition in a field can be looked at like a blanket — not the boring, white, duvet-type of blanket, but a more unique quilt with diversity in patterns and colours. This soil variability in the field changes […] Read more



How to minimize grain spoilage risk in the bin

How to minimize grain spoilage risk in the bin

Q & A with an expert

Q: What can I do at harvest to minimize winter storage stress? A: Heading into the fall season, conversations about harvest management and grain storage inevitably arise. Although every harvest brings unique challenges, it is important to do what we can agronomically and logistically to help minimize risk of spoilage, no matter what Mother Nature […] Read more

Jim Willson made this three-point attached ballast for a Kubota compact tractor.

How to make a ballast for your compact tractor

This three-point homemade ballast offers better results for weight distribution, traction

Compact tractors now often come with a front-end loader. Missing is ballast to offset the weight of the loader, bucket and material, and to provide good traction in snow. A three-point attached ballast matched in size and shape provides dramatically better results. And it is easily removed when not needed. The ballast in the photo […] Read more



Use a pilot vehicle to keep safe on the roads

Use a pilot vehicle to keep safe on the roads

A pilot vehicle can save a lot of frustration for both motorists and agricultural machinery operators. A pilot vehicle can help prevent collisions and injuries and damage to vehicles, farm machinery and road infrastructure.  There are plenty of factors that lead to collisions between agricultural machinery and motorists. Some are unique to large machinery and […] Read more



How to determine when to spray for flea beetles

How to determine when to spray for flea beetles

Q & A with an expert

Q: What factors should I consider when spraying for flea beetles? A: Over the last couple of years, southern Saskatchewan has experienced high flea beetle pressure. The warm, dry springs we have had are favourable for flea beetle emergence and activity. However, those same weather conditions slow crop growth, leaving canola plants at a vulnerable […] Read more


Editor’s Column: Farmers are worried about dry conditions this spring — here’s what some are doing about it

Editor’s Column: Farmers are worried about dry conditions this spring — here’s what some are doing about it

If you are worried about the dry conditions heading into this spring, a recent survey says you’re not alone. It also reveals the changes some Prairie producers will make to their plans for 2021 in response to the dry conditions. On April 9-10, a total of 719 active Canadian producers responded to a survey carried […] Read more