Entries by Agronomy Team

Understanding in-field variability: soil sampling

Written by Alex Richardson, Agricultural Consultant, Thompsons – Blenheim. Wheat harvest is complete and yields have given us great insight about our fields once again. Variability was evident, and the results remind us it’s time to soil sample. Soil sampling after wheat harvest is a great option to allow for the right conditions, and the […]

Late season nitrogen application

Late season nitrogen application has been a hot topic amongst farmers and uptake in this practice has increased in recent years. The expense and environmental impact has made growers think differently about nitrogen application. Weather extremes has also caused growers to change the way they apply nitrogen to mitigate loses from excessive rainfall when applying […]

Wheat leaf diseases

What increases the risk of infection? Cool temperatures Prolonged periods of wet weather Rust problems in the southern US states and Mexico could mean the same for Ontario as storm systems carry the spores north Planting susceptible varieties.Planting after another cereal or corn crop. How do I know when to apply a fungicide?

Crop planning is key to learn from past mistakes or misses

Winter is a perfect time to look back at what you’ve learned, and crop planning is key. The 2016 season has long passed and the busyness of life has taken a pause. Winter is a perfect time to look back at what you’ve learned from last year’s experiences, and apply that knowledge towards crop planning for 2017. One of the most […]

Is it your intention to apply nitrogen in-crop to your corn?

Your farm has several options to consider utilizing this year: Traditional sidedress 28%, perhaps at knee high corn High clearance 28% application at V6 to V8 leaf stage with your own self-propelled applicator using drag hoses, Y-drops or streamer nozzles, or… Introducing Thompsons NEW high-clearance RoGator for urea application! Apply in-crop urea at V6 to V8 leaf stage with a self-propelled […]

Soybean Storage and Conditioning

Now that your crops are in the bin, it’s important to learn how to keep them conditioned and stored properly. Throughout the winter months it’s important to monitor your soybean temperature, and to aerate your bins. If you haven’t sold any beans then coring out your bin can be an option to remove some fines, […]

The dirt on soil tests

With soil nutrient levels dropping, how do you need to change your soil-testing program and fertility rates? By Ralph Pearce, CG Production Editor Fewer farmers are sampling their soils. In Ontario, the numbers say fewer than 30 per cent of farmers test every three years, even though this trend is leading to a data gap at […]

To sample, or not to sample (soil). Who’s right?

Some of your neighbours have stopped soil sampling. Others are sampling more than ever. By Richard Kamchen; Published: October 2, 2015 In any year, at most 10 per cent of the fields are soil sampled,” says Tom Jensen, a director in the North American program of the International Plant Nutrition Institute. “Some people say 20 per […]

Farming for profitability

Precision ag systems can take your ability to analyze profits way past yesterday’s cost-revenue calculations By Ralph Pearce, Country Guide Production Editor It’s been the mantra of agricultural economists, bankers and even agronomists for the past 20 years. “Know your cost of production.” At every podium at every conference, you can almost guarantee the question […]