Where no nitrogen response is found, it often means that a soil test could have shown that not much was needed.

Getting the most efficient nitrogen use

Soil testing is vital to identify where nitrogen is needed

A significant amount of nitrogen applied to fields is never taken up by plants. Understanding how much nitrogen (N) crops actually need can help decrease needless expenses and potential environmental issues. Why it matters: Nitrogen loss to the environment can damage local water sources causing human health concerns and harm to aquatic life. Inefficient fertilizer […] Read more

A rye crop is roller crimped before organic soybean planting.

Riding the learning curve on organic no-till

Farmers are pushing the boundaries of roller-crimping winter rye and direct seeding soybeans behind

Planting soybeans into a just-terminated cover crop of winter rye is gaining popularity among Ontario’s organic community, as farmers strive to introduce minimum-till strategies into their rotations. No-till planting has so far not become common in any other crops under organic production — in which farmers typically rely upon tillage instead of chemical inputs to […] Read more

Making fertilizer available to growing corn is key to getting it growing quickly.

Comparing banding to broadcasting fertilizer

Precision Planting research shows 50 per cent of corn P and N should be banded at planting

A team at technology/consulting company Precision Planting has completed research that compares banding fertilizer applications to broadcasting. Banding brings a higher yield potential. “The soil bank unreliably controls the fertilizer,” said Cory Muhlbauer at the 2019 Winter Conference put on by Precision Planting, referring to broadcast-applied fertilizers. When a grower broadcasts fertilizer on the soil […] Read more

Cover crops are one of the ways that soil health can be enhanced.

Donation to boost soil health outreach

Donors aim to make sure best soil health information reaches farmers

The University of Guelph marked World Soil Day by announcing a $500,000 donation for soil health outreach in Ontario. The donation was made by Lillie Ann Morris, who has worked for more than four decades in agricultural advertising sales, Glacier FarmMedia, publisher of Farmtario and the agricultural division of information communications company Glacier Media Inc., […] Read more

Blake Vince has been using multi-species cover crop mixtures since 2011.

Cover crops help reverse soil organic matter loss

The benefits may not show up immediately so farmers need to be patient

In Ontario, where the loss of soil organic matter is a long-standing problem, cover crops and other cultivation strategies designed to improve soil structure are playing an increasingly important role in cropland sustainability. However, a variety of factors are limiting how quickly Ontario farmers are adopting cover crops, even as soil organic matter in the […] Read more