Manganese deficiency in soybeans was identified last year by growers taking tissue samples.

Getting answers directly from your plants

More growers investigate exactly what their plants absorb from the field through tissue samples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Growers of high-value crops have long used plant tissue sampling to improve fertility and other agronomic factors.  In recent years, however, the popularity of tissue sampling among grain and oilseed producers has sharply increased.  According to those offering tissue analysis services, the driving factors have been a growing interest in more specific reasons for variations […] Read more

Early planting soybeans appears to have little detrimental effect on yield.

Stepping up soybean yields

Agronomic improvement and genetics have built improved soybean production

Reading Time: 4 minutes Soybeans yields have continued to increase decade over decade, including a jump of 23 per cent in average yield in Ontario from 2010 to 2020 compared to the previous decade. A good part of that increase is from genetics, but it’s also agronomic management. Dr. Dave Hooker, an associate professor at the University of Guelph’s […] Read more

Tim Gerrits, centre, with Randy Dowdy, left, and David Hula, both top high-yield growers from the United States.

Making high-management crops work

Farmer targets top potential fields for highest yield

Reading Time: 4 minutes What does a 107 bushels per acre soybean crop look like? Tim Gerrits, a farmer from North Middlesex, can tell you. With a high-management production approach, Gerrits achieved huge results in some of his fields in 2020. It’s the culmination of years of research and mentorship from other growers, he says, and part of an […] Read more

Canola south of Ethelton, Sask. on Aug. 3, 2017. (Dave Bedard photo)

Supply chain working but canola groups have concerns

Federal field trials need to continue and growers need protective equipment, they say

Reading Time: < 1 minute There have been no issues so far with supplies of inputs and parts, transportation or oilseed processing during the pandemic, canola industry officials report. “We’ve been really focused on making sure farmers have access to inputs and resources to get the 2020 crop in the ground,” Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson said during […] Read more

Yield, quality and stand persistence are the most important things about forage, an agronomist says.

A good forage stand requires agronomic base

Keys to success include planting at right time, proper seed bed, seed placement, quality seed and weed control

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers seeking to build a strong forage stand need to use proper crop rotations, fertility and water development, a forage agronomist told a recent Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association conference in Moncton, N.B. Peter Ballerstedt, with the seed company Barenbrug USA, said producers must pay attention to agronomy and make amendments before […] Read more

Editorial: Exporting agriculture’s productivity miracle

Editorial: Exporting agriculture’s productivity miracle

Reading Time: 3 minutes Global productivity in agriculture production continues to grow healthily, but not yet fast enough to feed the expected 10 billion people on the planet by 2050. That’s according to the 2019 Global Agriculture Productivity (GAP) Report, recently released by Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The report says that agriculture productivity is increasing […] Read more

Emmanuel Adou, an Ivorian farmer, looks a drone spraying his oil palm plantation in Tiassale northern Abidjan, Ivory Coast May 21, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/

Researchers work together to find high-tech solutions to deal with hotter climate

Scientists are looking at everything from improved genetics to robots to help farmers maintain productivity as the world heats up

Reading Time: 3 minutes London | Thomson Reuters Foundation – In decades to come, African farmers may pool their money to buy small robot vehicles to weed their fields or drones that can hover to squirt a few drops of pesticide only where needed. Smartphones already allow farmers in remote areas to snap photos of sick plants, upload them […] Read more

Screengrab from a Farm At Hand promotional video via Vimeo.

Telus buys Farm At Hand

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vancouver farm management software development firm Farm At Hand has become an arm of one of the Big Five in Canada’s communication services sector. Farm At Hand, which makes the cloud-based Crop Planner software suite for farmers and the Farm At Hand Agronomy suite for agronomists, announced Tuesday it has been wholly acquired by Telus […] Read more


Sylvite set to buy Thompsons agronomy business

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario grain and bean handler Thompsons Ltd. is set to sell its crop agronomy business to a retail business partner in that province. U.S. grain firm The Andersons, the owner of Thompsons since January, announced Tuesday in its second-quarter report it plans to sell Thompsons’ “agronomy assets” to Burlington, Ont.-based Sylvite Holdings. Financial terms of […] Read more

A corn field that shows the effects of late nitrogen applications on corn yield.

New University of Guelph prof focuses on northern and eastern regions

MacSon Professorship recipient wants to consult with farmers, agronomists

Reading Time: 3 minutes The University of Guelph has acknowledged the special issues of agronomy in the northern and eastern regions of the province with the appointment of Joshua Nasielski to its MacSon Professorship. In addition to his teaching role at graduate and undergraduate level, the position involves research and outreach on issues affecting the economic and environmental sustainability […] Read more