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New varieties can exhibit agronomic traits that were not previously available. This includes varieties that mature quickly, stand better, improve grade or quality, and allow for ease of harvest under more intensive management practices leading to higher yields.

New seed varieties may offer advantages

Q & A with an expert

Q: I am happy with the variety I am currently growing — why change? A: New seed varieties come to market every year; some with much anticipation and others with very little fanfare. On-farm performance of these varieties does not come from popularity or marketing campaigns. This can make it difficult for producers to identify […] Read more

Should you convert some farm acres to straight cut?

Q & A with an expert

Q: Is straight cutting canola a good fit for my farm? A: Recently, there has been more discussion around straight cutting and harvest management of canola. New advancements in genetics that increase the integrity of the pod and greater focus on selecting hybrids that have characteristics that make them more suitable to a straight cut […] Read more


Three situations where an in-crop nitrogen application may be worthwhile

Q & A with an expert

Q: When should I consider an “in-crop” application of nitrogen? A: Under the arid environment of the Canadian Prairies, splitting nitrogen applications in annual crops (e.g. applying 70 per cent of the nitrogen at time of seeding and top dressing the balance during the vegetative stage) rarely provides an agronomic benefit over applying all the […] Read more

As you begin harvesting your crops, take detailed notes about the weed populations you find. Each field will tell a story about your weed control strategies and how effective they are. Fall quackgrass is shown here.

Benefits of post-harvest weed control applications

Q & A with an expert

Q: Should I be thinking about resistance management at harvest? A: We don’t often think about resistance management after harvest, but both during and after harvest is a great time to start observations and applications. As you begin harvesting your crops, take detailed notes about the weed populations you find. Each field will tell a […] 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

Choosing the best canola hybrid

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. What should I think about when choosing a canola variety? A. Consider the following key factors: herbicide system, field selection, crop rotation, crop fertility and harvest management. First, consider your herbicide options: Roundup Ready, TruFlex, LibertyLink or Clearfield. Many seed companies now offer a broad choice. Think about the features of each system. For […] Read more


Getting ready for next year’s crop

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. As the 2019 growing season wraps up, what should I do to plan for 2020? A. As the current season ends, growers have an excellent opportunity to carry lessons learned into next year. Now is a good time to take stock of observations made from the swather or combine cab. Lodging may be an […] Read more

Soil testing pastures and hayfields

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. Why should I soil test my pastures and hayfields? A. Soil testing pastures and hayfields should be routine. Often these fields get an initial fertilization and then, after a few years of establishment, growers ask what could be missing to maximize output. Forages are big users of nutrients. In hay crops much of the nutrients taken up are removed from the field when the […] Read more


Seed-placed fertilizer blends for soybeans

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: What’s the ideal seed-placed starter fertilizer blend for soybeans? A: Legume plants have a high demand for phosphorus. Phosphorus is critical in many lifecycle processes from photosynthesis to nodulation. Currently, many acres of soybeans are still grown without enough fertilizer to offset nutrient removal by the crop. This may lead to nutrient deficiencies in […] Read more

Establishing a corn crop for grazing or silage

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: What are some factors to consider when establishing a corn crop for grazing or silage? A: Corn is a great option for grazing or silage, but there are several factors to consider when you’re establishing your corn crop. Crop rotation, fertility, plant depth and population, planting date and soil temperature and weed control are […] Read more