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Licensed to turn waste into fertilizer

Lystek International received authorization for another wastewater conversion facility

Lystek International has received another federal registration for its award-winning biosolids and organics processing technology. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has certified the company’s St. Mary’s, Ontario, facility for the production of LysteGro, a biofertilizer that can increase organic matter in the soil. LysteGro is made by treating sludge from municipal wastewater at approved facilities. “The Lystek […] Read more

To know what nutrients you're going to need, you'll have to do a soil test.

Fertilizer needs in canola

Without enough nutrients, canola yields suffer. Try these tips for nutrition

Canola production relies heavily on access to adequate plant nutrients, including nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and potassium. Since the nutritional level of an individual plant will affect its response to stress factors (including adverse weather and disease pressure), poor nutrition could mean the difference between profit and loss. It’s not just about profit, though. A good […] Read more


Add soil sampling to the fall “to do” list

Testing soil in the fall gives you time over the winter to plan your spring nutrient needs

As if there wasn’t already enough on the fall “to do NOW” list, experts advise adding soil sampling to the fall work load, if it’s not already part of the farm management plan. “The reality of the situation is if you don’t know what you have to start with, you won’t know how much or […] Read more

The Westco fertilizer story

Years of data from soil fertility tests have been collected on the Prairies. 
Now it’s time for Westco to share its data with farmers

This column is an impassioned plea to the upper management of Agrium / Crop Production Services to preserve the many years of excellent soil fertility work done by Westco. Most graphs that show crop yields and fertilizer use in the modern era start at 1960. It was August 31, 1960 that I crawled off the […] Read more


Farming your marginal land

Pulling marginal acres into production may look like an attractive proposition. But there are strings attached

Pushing marginal land into grain production may add up to short-term gains when grain prices crest. But it comes with risks, too. “I would have some grave concerns about the notion of bringing marginal land back into annual grain production,” says Dr. Reynald Lemke, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Lemke examines how farming […] Read more