“It’s not only about working with NPK, it’s working smartly around plant nutrition.”

Soil health products part of new entrant’s offering

Fertilizer stabilizers among products coming from Timac Agro

Reading Time: 2 minutes A French company is bringing its unique model and crop technology to Ontario. Timac Agro Canada, a division of international agriculture company The Roullier Group, offers fertilizer products, especially stabilizers and treatments than can help with nutrient efficiency in soils. The company started in France when the founder discovered that there were opportunities to use […] 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

Brad Glasman, manager of Conservation Services for the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority, wanted to create a practical, on-farm version of a filter for agricultural run-off using slag from the steel-making process.

Steel-making byproduct used as field tile filter

Conservation authority hopes to perfect farm-scale system for slag

Reading Time: 3 minutes At farms in South West Oxford and Lucan Biddulph, a byproduct of the steel-making process is being inserted into tile drainage systems, as part of a research project by the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) aimed at removing phosphorus from field runoff. Members of the UTRCA board of directors saw one of the slag […] Read more

New federal-provincial initiative aims to add to soil health knowledge.

New ONFARM program to build soil health measures and learning

The long-term program will help set up sites and resources for information sharing

Reading Time: < 1 minute A new $5.75 million program aims to increase soil health through multi-year on-farm research. The program called the On-Farm Applied Research and Monitoring (ONFARM) project, will be funded by the Canadian and Ontario governments through the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP). The project was announced on Dec. 5, World Soils Day. The ONFARM project will support […] Read more

One of the screens from the Crop Nutrient Needs Calculator.

Nutrient management program gets new look

Agrisuite updates to better accommodate farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Agrisuite, Ontario farmers’ nutrient management software, will have a fresh new look come winter. Web browsers’ inability to support the aging software was the initial reason for the revamp, but the Agrisuite development team is taking the opportunity to advance, simplify and promote the program with funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Why it matters: […] Read more

Horizontal tillage means loosening of soil over the entire width of the machine. On the Omnis FT, that is achieved with four ranks of shanks on 15-inch centres. Sizes range from 11-foot rigid to 26-foot folding.

Horsch debuts new primary tillage tool

The tool makes use of shanks versus discs popular on many primary tillage implements

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – As better corn headers and straw choppers leave a cleaner surface and eliminate the need for residue-busting tillage implements, cultivators can get back to the job of performing primary tillage. That’s the premise behind Horsch’s new Omnis FT primary tillage line being launched this fall, says company rep Jeremy Hughes. Increasingly tough […] Read more

There’s more green in Ontario fields in the fall compared to the Prairies, a factor of more cover crop usage, and use of winter wheat.

Researcher grades on-farm soil management

Eastern Canadian farmers get high grades for soil health awareness, but low grades for increasing soil organic carbon

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – The grades are in. Eastern Canadian farmers get high grades for their understanding of soil health and the rapidly growing use of cover crops, but low grades for increasing tillage which reduces soil carbon storage. Mario Tenuta, a University of Manitoba soil scientist, says eastern farmers get a B for adoption of […] Read more

University of Guelph research showed there was significantly less leaching of nitrate in a trial where cover crops were grown.

Cover crops decrease nitrate leaching

Living mass within soil reduces concentration of nitrate

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study at the University of Guelph found cover crops help to reduce nitrate leaching, a threat to the environment. Masters student Jared Lapierre studied how cover crops help to better control nitrate leaching in two different soil types. Why it matters: Cover crops are known to help store and contain nutrients by increasing […] Read more

Sean Jordan of University of Guelph Environmental Sciences, pictured with lysimeter.

Interpretive centre heading into fourth season with lysimeters

Unique sensors help collect data points to determine soil health

Reading Time: 2 minutes In 2016 the Soil Health Interpretive Centre installed 18 lysimeters to help measure data points within soil to understand soil health. The instalment is the biggest of its kind in North America. “There are 230 in the world and we have 18 of them,” says Sean Jordan, research technician with the School of Environmental Sciences […] Read more

The role of roots as a weathering agent to breaks down rocks and primary minerals has been overlooked.

Study looks at how soils hold carbon

Science Notes: Whether carbon is held or released by soil has many influences

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers are using synchrotron light to better understand the impact of climate change on more than three trillion metric tonnes of soil carbon around the world. Using the Canadian Light Source (CLS) at the University of Saskatchewan, scientists from across the United States investigated the plant root mechanisms that control long-term storage of carbon in […] Read more