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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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May 20, 2015

DID YOU KNOW YOUR CROP IS TALKING TO YOU?

It may seem like the plot of a really bizarre science fiction movie, but what I am about to tell you is true: Your crops are communicating with each other and they could be “talking” about you! Let me step back for a second and first explain what I mean when I say your crops … 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 10, 2015

WILD POLLINATORS EARNING THEIR KEEP ON THE FARM

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORGINALLY POSTED ON AGCANADA.COM. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. It’s crop-planning season and that means it’s a good time for making plans to create a wild pollinator habitat near your crops. Having a strong pollinator population can offer a benefit to crops, said Mark Wonneck, an ecologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in … 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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