A tiling machine laying tile from Bluewater Pipe.

Huron County plastics recycling loop ends up in drainage tile

Blue-box collected bottles from rural homes are processed locally and used in tile

Reading Time: 3 minutes If a farm from Huron, Perth or Middlesex planned a drainage project this year, some of the plastic used in the tile likely had a former life as shampoo bottles and laundry detergent jugs on those same farms. For about 14 months now, an agreement has been in place between Bluewater Pipe and Listowel-based EFS […] Read more

BioLiNE’s purification process isolates a fulvic acid that is very active, producing better consistency and performance for crop production. Shown here are corn ears treated with BioLiNE’s biostimulant versus untreated.

Fulvic acid produced from mushroom compost

Ontario company creates sustainable crop additive that boosts plant responses

Reading Time: 3 minutes As the focus on soil health and environmental sustainability grows, new products can help farmers improve their soil as well as boost crop nutrient and water use.  BioLiNE Corp., located near Alvinston in southwestern Ontario, is producing biostimulants — products that when applied to crops, stimulate the plants’ natural processes. It was founded in 2016 […] Read more

A 3-D illustration of Bacillus anthracis bacteria. (Dr_Microbe/iStock/Getty Images)

Anthrax kills southeastern Saskatchewan sheep

Spores forced up by changes in soil moisture

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dramatic shifts in soil moisture are again bringing anthrax spores to the surface on the Prairies, this time in a southeastern Saskatchewan sheep pasture. Lab results on Wednesday confirmed anthrax as the cause of death of one animal in a flock of sheep in the R.M. of South Qu’Appelle, about 50 km east of Regina, […] Read more


AGI to buy into soil microbe breeding firm

Machinery maker to take minority stake in MyLand

Reading Time: 2 minutes A U.S. company ramping up a system to harvest, reproduce and restore beneficial microbes from a field’s own soils, as a way to restore peak fertility, expects to get backing soon from a Canadian farm equipment maker. Winnipeg-based Ag Growth International (AGI) said Monday it has signed a conditional letter of intent with Phoenix-based MyLand […] Read more

A Rutgers study finds that symbiotic bacteria that colonize root cells may be managed to produce hardier crops that need less fertilizer.

Bacteria boost plant root hair growth

Science Notes: Symbiotic bacteria in root cells may be key to producing better crops, study finds

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Rutgers study has found that symbiotic bacteria that colonize root cells may be managed to produce hardier crops that need less fertilizer. The study appeared in the journal Microorganisms. Bacteria stimulate root hair growth in all plants that form root hairs, so the researchers examined the chemical interactions between bacteria inside root cells. They […] Read more

Increasing soil health on farms

Increasing soil health on farms

OSCIA launches pilot project in three counties

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Ontario Soil & Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is inviting farmers in three counties to up their soil health game through a pilot project available this summer.  Producers in Lambton County, Renfrew County and Simcoe County will have the opportunity to apply for cost-share funding to implement soil health practices including cover cropping and soil […] Read more

“Healthy soils are the foundation of sustainable food production, enhanced biodiversity and cleaner air and water for present and future generations.” – MP Alistair MacGregor.

NDP introduces soil health bill

Bill C-290 proposes to rebuild soil capacity

Reading Time: 2 minutes A bill being introduced by the NDP vows to help fight food insecurity and support farmers.  MP and NDP agriculture critic Alistair MacGregor introduced a private member’s bill to create a National Soil Health Strategy for Canada. Why it matters: A bill to promote soil conservation could help rebuild soils by giving farmers new tools, […] Read more

Flea beetle. (Photo courtesy Canola Council of Canada)

Forecast, flea beetles complicate canola timing

Dry conditions make ideal seeding time difficult to peg

Reading Time: 3 minutes Drought conditions, and the odds of more to come, have some Prairie canola growers pondering when to roll the dice on seeding, if they want to do more than feed the flea beetles. Small-seeded crops, such as canola, have garnered particular concern from agronomists and producers worried about germination, given power dry topsoil across much […] Read more

Healthy soil practices, such as cover cropping, haven't yet spread to widespread adoption.

Encouragement needed for healthy soil practices

Report argues for significant investment in programs that are easy for farmers to use

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soil improvement is a keystone of Canada’s agricultural future, and fundamental to its longevity, according to the “Power of Soils” report published by the Greenbelt Foundation. Produced in partnership with a wide array of industry associations, the publication is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of Canada’s current agri-environmental policy and programming, what practices are […] Read more

Soil sampling data are the foundation of FarmLab’s carbon sequestration ambitions.

Data needed to cash in on carbon credits

An Australian company wants to digitize soil test results for farmer use and monitoring

Reading Time: 4 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – To monetize carbon sequestration, farmers must prove they are doing it. That means data, tracked over time. From a soil science perspective, the benefits of carbon in terms of fertility and microbiology are well known, said Sam Duncan, chief executive officer of FarmLab in Armidale, Australia. It’s the reason soil carbon levels […] Read more