Tima Bansal of the Ivy School of Business led a recent discussion over a no-till business case to be used at the business school.

Business school no-till case shows complexity of tillage decisions

Farmers tested the delivery of the case for Ivy Business School

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ivy Business School at Western University is aiming to include more agriculture cases for study by its business students. But first, it recently hosted an evening for farmers and the sector to discuss one of the cases set for students to analyze, and professors there found it’s challenging to the level of us versus them. […] Read more

Sometimes soybeans have to be swathed if there is too much green material.

Waiting and weeding are keys to organic success

After six years, this organic farmer is seeing reduction in some weeds

Reading Time: 4 minutes It can sometimes be comforting for an organic farmer if the view of their field from the roadway shows an absence of green growth between the rows of corn or soybeans. But according to the presenter of a recent Guelph Organic Conference session entitled “Avoiding Field Crop Disasters,” this illusion can often hide the troubling […] Read more

Brian Hyland, ESCIA president, left, Richard Paquette, his father Robert Paquette and Michael Dick representing Essex Region Conservation Authority were part of the presentation of the Conservation Farm Award to the Paquette family.

Paquette Farms wins conservation award

Farm uses minimal-impact tillage and pays attention to precision nutrient application

Reading Time: < 1 minute A dedication to low-soil-impact practices won Paquette Farms the 2019 Conservation Farm Award. The family was presented with the award at the Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association (ESCIA) Annual Meeting in December. The award is presented each year to the farming operation which best displays conservation-minded farming practices from those nominated. The farms are […] Read more

Coulters in strip till work shallower and mix fertilizer.

Strip-till styles

Coulters and shanks both have their supporters, but coulters seem to be increasing in popularity

Reading Time: 3 minutes So you want to start strip-tilling – what type of unit should you buy? For some, coulter-based strip tillers offer more effective fertilizer management and versatility. For others, shank systems might help address issues in heavier soils. Ultimately, more growers appear to be adopting coulters — but that doesn’t mean shanks should be completely overlooked. […] 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

Dan Dreckon and Greg Hannam of Woodrill Farms use soil mapping to make management decisions.

Halton area farmers doing their part to improve soil health

There’s no one correct way to manage soil health

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soil health continues to be a concern for producers and consumers across the country as quality dwindles. On Aug. 15, 2019 the Halton Soil and Crop Improvement Association put together a soil health seminar and farm tour to reiterate to showcase soil health concerns – along with what farmers are doing to improve it. Why […] Read more

Tillage can reduce the number of larger pores in soil, increasing the density of soil.

Has the time come for integrated tillage management?

Understanding bulk density for compaction prevention

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tillage has its benefits, but the list of drawbacks to soil health is long. This poses a question: Like Integrated Pest Management, is it time for Integrated Tillage Management? The question was posed by Aaron Breimer, manager for Veritas Farm Management, during a presentation at Elgin Compaction Day on Aug. 8. For him, taking an […] Read more


OMAFRA’s Chris Brown talked about a cross trench dug in cover crop strips to show root depth and subsurface characteristics of different covers.

Controlling compaction need not be expensive

Elgin field day highlights high-tech and low-tech methods of reducing compaction

Reading Time: 5 minutes Getting a handle on compaction starts with knowing how much equipment weighs and how some practical techniques can alleviate the iron load. Farmers, agronomists, and equipment dealers gathered at Elgin Compaction Day in Shedden on Aug. 7 and 8 to discuss how compaction happens, as well as how to fix and prevent it. Why it […] Read more

This no-till drill is used to plant cover crops and prairie grass buffer strips. It is loaned to farmers by the ERC.

Local demonstration showcased soil management options

Machinery demonstration designed to spur more thinking on soil health

Reading Time: 3 minutes A Kingsville-area demonstration day was held July 23 to showcase a variety of tillage and other equipment and how each can be used to improve soil management. But while the machinery was the focus visually, the main purpose of the event was to highlight how producers can incorporate profitable and environmental production changes using both […] Read more