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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS

Posted on: Dec 13, 2017

Part 1: 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 […]

 
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POWER FOR YOUR FLOWER

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 […]

 
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SOIL BIOLOGY 101: LEARNING OUR SOIL-PART 3

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 […]

 
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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, […]

 
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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 […]

 
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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 […]

 
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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 […]

 
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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 […]

 
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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 Farms.com.     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 […]

 
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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 […]

 
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MEASURING SOIL HEALTH BEYOND NUTRIENTS – Part 1

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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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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