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GETTING TO THE ROOT OF DROUGHT DEFENSE

Posted on: Aug 10, 2017

How Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi improve drought tolerance in host plants While others look at stretches of hot, dry weather as a welcome opportunity to go to the lake and enjoy the sun, affected growers are busy worrying about the impact of drought on their crops and yield potential. Fortunately, you have an ally in the […]

 
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Preventing Nitrogen Loss in your Fall Applications

Posted on: Aug 2, 2017

Summer is only halfway over, yet growers are already starting to make plans for their fall fertility programs. It is well known that plants use Nitrogen most efficiently when applied as close as possible to the time of plant uptake. However, we know that regardless of how you are applying your Nitrogen – it is […]

 
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A Scientific Analysis on Pollination and Heat Stress

Posted on: Jul 12, 2017

Have you ever wondered what takes place at the reproductive stage of a plant’s life when daytime temperatures cause you to sweat while standing still? New research on peas out of the University of Saskatchewan is furthering our understanding around the effects of heat on a flower, and helps to explain the negative impacts of […]

 
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Explaining Post-Canola Rotation Growth Challenges

Posted on: Jul 5, 2017

Canola reduces biological activity in the soil. So, what can be done to help the following crop? Growers and researchers have long observed that crops following canola in a rotation tend to demonstrate reduced yield, compared to the results when seeded behind another crop. So, what is the reason behind this? It can largely be […]

 
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7 WAYS POTASSIUM PROMOTES HEALTHY CROPS

Posted on: Jun 28, 2017

Potassium (K) is an essential mineral to all living things. In plants, potassium plays a key role in many processes central to healthy plant growth, and therefore, has an important impact on yield and quality. Let’s look at the key plant functions that rely on potassium, followed by tips for identifying potassium deficiency through visual […]

 
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Introducing The Taurus Advanced Acre™

Posted on: Jun 21, 2017

At Taurus our company mindset has always been to deliver agronomically advanced solutions that meet growers needs and exceed their expectations for their crops success.  Bringing new and innovative products to the market and helping growers understand the science involved, is something we thrive on. As such, we would like to invite you to join […]

 
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7 Ways Plant Nutrition Complexes Can Support Pollination and Fertilization

Posted on: Jun 16, 2017

In flowering crops, there is a clearly established link between the pollination/ fertilization process, and yield potential. That is because pollination, fertilization and early fruit development have a direct impact on three of the key yield metrics: The number of pods/heads per plant The number of seeds per pod/head Seed weight So, it stands to […]

 
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4 REASONS PH LEVELS MATTER IN SPRAY SOLUTIONS.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2017

From product efficacy to ease of application, it is important to get your pH levels right. With heightened awareness around agronomic practices, growers are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of knowing and managing pH levels in the soil. However, it is important not to forget that pH levels of the water you use can […]

 
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Can Crops Be Protected From Abiotic Stress at the Genetic Level?

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Geneticists call the process “transcription.” Here’s how it is helping us overcome environmental challenges previously beyond our control.   Abiotic stress can be described as the negative impact a non-living factor (such as weather) can have on a living organism (such as a plant). If it is severe, abiotic stress can cause physiological damage, and […]

 
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Tissue Analysis-Your Nutrient Management Report Card

Posted on: May 26, 2017

Think of Tissue Analysis as a progress report of your crop’s health – and an opportunity for positive change If agronomy is all about learning, improving and striving to grow your best crop – tissue analysis is your report card. The purpose is to provide you with a way to monitor the progress of your […]

 
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Soil Testing: The Nutrients You Never Knew You Had

Posted on: May 17, 2017

How strategic soil testing can help you get the most value from nutrients in your soil Discovering existing sources of plant-available nutrient is like finding a $20 bill in your jeans… money you never knew you had. It’s not a windfall, but it’s nothing to sneeze at. Growers are often surprised to learn that they […]

 
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Seed Bed Utilization Strategies: Lowering Salt Index in Canola Seed Row

Posted on: May 10, 2017

Canola growers face a double-edged sword when applying common seed placed phosphorus fertilizers. Canola demands ample plant-available phosphorus to thrive. Since phosphorus is not very mobile in the soil, you need to get it as close to the seed as possible so it can be utilized. However, the high salt index of MAP and other […]

 
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What Comes First-Soil Health or Plant Science?

Posted on: May 4, 2017

[Recommended reading]  Noble Foundation’s Buckner: Soil Health Must No Longer Take a Back Seat to Plant Science -Louise Burwood-Taylor]   Bill Buckner, president and CEO of the Noble Foundation argues that more research needs to go into efforts to understand and manage soil health– a field he feels has been long neglected. [Read article] In […]

 
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The Two Minute Drill: How to maximize useable nitrogen in your crop

Posted on: Apr 17, 2017

Would you ever dream of going outside on a windy day and throwing a stack of hundred dollar bills in the air? Didn’t think so. Canadian growers spend upwards of $100/acre on fertilizer. Urea is the most commonly used nitrogen fertilizer due to its high N analysis, low cost and ease of handling. Yet, surprisingly, […]

 
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RNA Interference and it’s growing impact on plant science

Posted on: Apr 5, 2017

[Watch] This video does a great job of explaining how RNAI came to our attention and why it is so important. The story behind this unintended breakthrough is quite interesting.       Some of the most important developments in science have been the result of an accidental discovery. The fields of human medical science […]

 
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Taurus adds Agronomic Marketing & Business Manager to Peace Region

Posted on: Apr 5, 2017

April 5, 2017 Craig Davidson, President of Taurus Agricultural Marketing Inc., is pleased to announce that Brett Guynup has joined the Taurus team to manage our Agronomic Marketing and Business Management in the Peace Region of Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Based out of Sexsmith, Alberta and a long standing contributor to the ag industry […]

 
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Highway Cam: See Bacteria Hitch a Ride Along the “Fungal Highway”

Posted on: Apr 3, 2017

You may have heard the term: the living soil before Now you can actually see it in remarkable detail. This amazing video was recently posted to the Scientific American website. It shows microscopic bacteria (Pseudomonas putida) travelling along the surface of a fungus (Cunninghamella elegans) in real time. The fungus in this video is growing […]

 
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Leading Edge Phosphate Technology, Crystal Green® Available to Advanced Western Canadian Growers

Posted on: Mar 17, 2017

Taurus Ag Marketing Inc. is pleased to announce our alliance with Ostara Nutrient Division based out of Vancouver, BC to bring their agronomically driven phosphate magnesium technology, Crystal Green®, to a broader scope of leading edge growers across Western Canada. “We are very pleased to be able to work with Ostara and bring a higher […]

 
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7 ways to enhance your crop with a synthetic seed primer.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2017

Growers often ask, “What is the best time to enhance my crop?” From an agronomic standpoint, many will tell you it is the day you put it in the ground. A variety of factors can make or break a plant’s ability to successfully emerge and overcome environmental stresses. That is why much of the seed […]

 
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What To Expect From Enhanced Seed Nutrition

Posted on: Mar 10, 2017

Healthy Seed – Healthy Start! The evolution of seed applied nutrition within the WC market place has come a long ways in the last 10-12 years. The first known seed applied nutrient product was introduced based on several key agronomic factors that still hold true to today. Most growers understand the importance of vigorous seed, […]

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