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Protect yourself from financial risks

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: How can I protect my farm business from financial risks? A. Farming is a risky business, but there are a few things you can do to protect your operation. Start with a business plan. A good business plan includes plans to market grain well ahead of actual grain movement to mitigate price risk and […] Read more

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


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

Choosing the right corn seed

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. What should I consider when growing corn? A. Hybrid selection, seeding depth, proper equipment and plant populations are a few things to think about when planning your corn crop. With the variability in any crop season, growing multiple hybrids can offset risk during the season. Additionally, planting hybrids with different relative maturity rates helps […] Read more


Testing seed for pathogens for next year’s crop

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. When seed testing, what pathogens should we test for? A. In an era of high input costs, unpredictable weather conditions and volatile grain markets, farmers face many challenges even before they get the crop in the ground. Getting seed tested is an easy and inexpensive way to help ensure a healthy crop stand. While […] 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


Canola harvest and grain storage

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. What factors should I consider when swathing canola with lower plant populations? A. Limited spring moisture combined with insect pressure has led to canola crops with uneven emergence and multiple growth stages. Determining when to swath these crops to maintain maximum economic return can be stressful and confusing. Generally, to maximize both yield and quality, swathing should occur when 60 per […] Read more

Norm Flore, P. Ag, CCA, is a manager of agronomic services for Nutrien Ag Solutions in southern Alberta.

Post-harvest weed control applications

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q. What weeds should I target in post-harvest weed control applications? A. Two general weed groupings can be effectively controlled with a post-harvest herbicide application. Perennials: Controlling perennial weeds such as Canada thistle, dandelions, foxtail barley and quackgrass involves an integrated plan, and a post-harvest herbicide application that includes glyphosate is a pivotal part of […] Read more


Does the early weed controller always get the worm?

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: Is early weed control always a solid tactic? A. It’s been well established that competition from early-emerging weeds is most detrimental to crop development. Weeds emerging along with the crop compete for moisture, fertility and light before the crop has a chance to get the upper hand by developing its root system and getting […] Read more

How precision ag tools can add value on the farm

Q & A with Nutrien Ag Solutions

Q: How can precision agriculture tools help manage farm data? A. Precision agriculture involves ever-evolving technology in crop production and farm management. Within the last several years, there has been an influx of interest around utilizing different components of precision agriculture. The introduction of GPS to farm equipment has enabled growers to more accurately and […] Read more