Micronutrient Deficiency and Yield: Law of the Minimum

Posted on: Mar 14, 2018

Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Micronutrients (Part 3) Growers can go to great lengths to ensure their plants have ample supplies of available macronutrients (NPK) – yet see their efforts undermined if they have a micronutrient deficiency. That is because the relationship between micronutrient deficiency and yield is just as important as that between macronutrients and yield. […]


Micronutrients Part 2: Key Micronutrient Challenges

Posted on: Mar 8, 2018

Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Micronutrients. While they are required in much lower quantities than macronutrients, micronutrients are every bit as important to the successful development of crops. We have chosen to focus on zinc, boron, copper and manganese because they are potentially the four biggest micronutrient challenges growers deal with. Below, we will look at the […]


Part 1: An introduction to micronutrients in crop production

Posted on: Feb 28, 2018

Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Micronutrients. While much of the focus around fertilizer programs involves macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and secondary nutrients (calcium, magnesium, and sulphur) – one cannot underestimate the importance of micronutrients in crop production. There are several micronutrients that are essential for proper crop development. These are: Boron (B): Plays a central role […]


Part 3: How other nutrients affect potassium uptake in plants

Posted on: Feb 14, 2018

Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K) Because of its essential role in plant health, it is important to have optimum levels of potassium in the soil – and that its uptake is not impeded. But did you know that an imbalance of certain soil nutrients can hinder potassium uptake in plants? A balancing act of cations […]


Part 2: potassium availability in the soil

Posted on: Feb 7, 2018

Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K) How do you determine potassium availability in the soil, and what factors can impact the uptake of K in crop production? It begins by understanding that potassium exists in the soil in one of three forms: unavailable, readily available and slowly available to plants. Unavailable potassium The vast majority of […]


The role of potassium in crop production

Posted on: Jan 31, 2018

Agricultural nutrient profile: potassium (K) part 1- the role of potassium in crop production You know K is one of the essential macronutrients required for successful plant growth: but do you know the role of potassium in crop production? Make that roles, because potassium is responsible for many key plant functions. How K affects overall […]



Posted on: Jan 18, 2018

Six strategies for building phosphorus levels in the soil In our series on Phosphorus, we’ve gained a few crucial insights about this vital nutrient: P is essential to plant health, growth and yield. It plays a central role in photosynthesis, energy, protein synthesis and more. Phosphorus has very limited mobility in the soil. Plant availability […]


2018 Agronomic Resolutions

Posted on: Jan 3, 2018

10 AGRONOMIC RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR We’ve just turned the calendar on another year. We hope 2017 was good to you, and your farming operation. But what if we told you 2018 could be even better? The team at Taurus would like to share Ten Agronomic Resolutions you can make for the New Year. […]



Posted on: Dec 20, 2017

Understanding Crop Available Phosphorus The behavior of Phosphorus (P) in the soil has long puzzled scientists. Curiously, Phosphorus is not particularly mobile. In western Canadian soils, there is generally an extremely low probability of leaching.[1] This poses a challenge, since this key nutrient must be absorbed through the plant’s root system. Before we get into […]



Posted on: Dec 13, 2017

The Importance of Phosphorus to Crops Phosphorus (P) takes its rightful place alongside Nitrogen and Potassium among the three primary macronutrients essential to successful plant growth. Without Phosphorus, photosynthesis could not occur. Phosphorus plays a key role in complex energy transformations that are necessary to all life, as a main ingredient in ATP (adenosine triphosphate). […]



Posted on: Nov 30, 2017

HASKAP GROWER SEEKS TO INCREASE POLLINATION AND FRUIT SET IN UNIQUE NEW BERRY CROP. An emerging berry crop developed through a breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan is turning heads and may have the potential to challenge blueberries in many retail food and nutraceutical applications. A collective of growers in Alberta is helping to […]



Posted on: Nov 22, 2017

Three Part Harmony: Understanding Tripartite Association. In the first two parts of this series, we looked at the symbiotic relationships agricultural plants establish with certain bacteria and fungi in the soil. When we talk about symbiosis, we are usually describing a mutually beneficial relationship between two living organisms. However, in the case of a tripartite […]


SOIL BIOLOGY 101: Learning Our Soil-Part 2

Posted on: Nov 8, 2017

How rhizobium bacteria enhance nitrogen fixation in the pulse and soybean rotation. In the human body, there are bad bacteria that make us sick and cause infections, and good bacteria that are crucial to the digestive process. There are also good and bad bacteria within the soil, which can help or hinder certain plants. Peas, […]


SOIL BIOLOGY 101: Learning Our Soil-Part 1

Posted on: Nov 1, 2017

Good fungi and bad fungi: an agronomic overview Agricultural soil is full of fungi. In many cases that’s a good thing.   As a grower, “fungi” is one of those words that makes you assume the worst. The reality is that the soil is teeming with a variety of fungi. There are good fungi and bad […]


The Canola Conundrum

Posted on: Oct 25, 2017

How glucosinolates (GSLs) benefit canola to the detriment of the following crop. A recent blog we posted has generated a great deal of interest among canola growers. In it, we revealed that a defensive mechanism common to brassicas protects canola against soilborne disease, yet works to the detriment of the following crop. Today, we take […]


Are atmospheric CO2 levels negatively impacting the nutritional values of the crops we produce?

Posted on: Oct 12, 2017

Growers have always prided themselves on providing the nutrient-rich grains, fruits and vegetables required to feed a growing global population. At the same time, responsible parents have insisted their children eat naturally grown food to get the minerals, vitamins and proteins the body needs for healthy growth and development. A new field of research is […]


3 Considerations when Working with an NBPT Product

Posted on: Oct 4, 2017

For growers, fall is a time to not only catch up on things, but to get a jump on the next growing season so there isn’t so much to worry about in the spring. Some use the window to fall apply urea, UAN or anhydrous ammonia. Others take the opportunity to purchase product for next […]


Four Pillars of Agricultural Success – The Taurus Mindset

Posted on: Sep 27, 2017

[WATCH] Craig Davidson explain Taurus’ four-pronged approach to “Advancing Every Acre”, in a recently created clip by     Since the company opened its doors in 2001, Taurus has been providing agronomically advanced solutions to high-performance growers. It has done so by sourcing the most innovative and proven products, supported through a scientific approach […]


Measuring Soil Health Beyond Nutrients – Part 2

Posted on: Aug 30, 2017

Soil testing to differentiate between beneficial and low impact microbes. In our previous post, Measuring Soil Health Beyond Nutrients – Part 1, we introduced a new and more comprehensive Soil Health Test Report created by A&L Canada Laboratories. In addition to analytics around nutrient levels, this new test measures microbe levels in the soil. More […]



Posted on: Aug 23, 2017

New Soil Health Test from A&L Canada Laboratories Factors In Beneficial Micro-organisms. As growers, when we hear the terms “bacteria” and “microorganism”, our tendency is to think the worst – and shudder at the prospect of soil borne diseases that can attack a plant or threaten a crop. However, just as there are good bacteria […]

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