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July 6, 2015

HOW DOES WILDFIRE ASH AND SMOKE IMPACT CROPS?

On June 29th the first in a series of what has turned out to be 116 plus forest fires began in the Saskatchewan/Alberta area[1]. The fire continues to blaze, and is so large NASA says it can actually be seen from space[2]. The smoke and ash has travelled so far from its original source, it has … Continued

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June 5, 2015

THE BENEFITS OF INTERCROPPING

Intercropping: Why Some Farmers Try Something Different Intercropping is defined simply as growing two or more crop types on one field. The practice of intercropping has actually been around since farming began. Modernization of farming equipment has changed our farming practices into what they are today, which is largely mono-cropping. Mono-cropping is planting only one … Continued

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April 1, 2015

PREVENTING WEED AND HERBICIDE RESISTANCE

The first weed with characteristics of herbicide resistance was discovered in 1967. To date, there are currently around 61 herbicide resistant weed varieties in Canada and 150 in the U.S, and many more on a global level. But how exactly are these weeds becoming resistant to herbicides? How can a herbicide be completely effective at … Continued

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March 2, 2015

APHANOMYCES: WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CROPS ARE INFECTED

Aphanomyces is one of the many varieties of root rot pathogens that can affect crops. Crops such as peas, lentils, beans, alfalfa, vetch, and clover can be infected by Aphanomyces [1]. This particular pathogen can survive in the soil for 10 plus years without needing a host, and will lie in wait for the right … Continued

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February 1, 2015

MICROSCOPIC ALLY: MANAGING YOUR MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI FOR HEALTHY SOIL

There is a whole other microscopic world to your farm, and it lies just below your feet. It is said that just one teaspoon of soil can contain “1 billion bacteria, 120,000 fungi, and 25,000 algae”1! Today, I want to introduce you to just one of those microorganisms, your ally to Mycorrhizal fungi. A Mycorrhizal … Continued

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January 5, 2015

IMPROVE YOUR SOIL IN 2015: YOUR SOIL GUIDE TO A MORE PROFITABLE FARM

It’s that time of the year again; it seems that everyone around you is making their New Year’s Resolutions.  Many people are wishing for weight loss and that new slimmer figure, others are committing themselves to more family time, and some are simply hoping for better health and happiness. I may not be able to … Continued

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