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How biostimulants work to enhance plant growth

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: What are biostimulants? A: As an agronomist, I’m often asked about new products. One area that has really emerged in the last decade is biostimulants. These are not fertilizers or pesticides, but a wide array of biological products that enhance plant growth. Biostimulants are substances or micro-organisms whose function, when applied to plants or […] Read more



When implementing new technology, it’s essential to look for potential new hazards that could arise and address them as soon as possible.

Selecting the right technology for your farm

Technology has created new and exciting ways to manage and improve farming operations. From GPS to drones, from bin monitors to smartphones and apps, tech is everywhere. Along with the tremendous advantages that technology has afforded farmers, there is potential for inefficiencies, frustrations, and, at worst, hazards. Selecting the right tech, using it to its […] Read more


Choosing a pulse inoculant

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. What type of pulse inoculant should I use on my farm? A: When choosing an inoculant, first select the correct species of rhizobia. There are many species, each linked to a specific set of pulse crop hosts. For example, the rhizobia species Bradyrhizobia japonicum will colonize soybean roots but not pea roots. Inoculant formulation […] Read more



Planning for a fresh crop season

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. After a challenging harvest, what do I need to look at for next year? A: Crop planning can be hard to do with uncertainty in the markets, however, doing it sooner rather than later is important. Acting while agronomic issues encountered in last year’s crop are fresh in our minds is key, as some […] Read more

Firefighters use a silo kit and other items on hand to build a cofferdam around the 14-year-old grain entrapment victim.

Training, equipment and teamwork save youth from grain entrapment

Grain entrapment is a growing concern on farms and in grain-handling facilities. Grain entrapment happens quickly and is often fatal. That’s where the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association’s (CASA) BeGrainSafe program comes in. BeGrainSafe works to save lives through awareness and training. On November 4, 2019, grain rescue training and knowledge, the proper equipment and teamwork […] Read more