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Four Reasons Why Fall Soil Sampling Makes Sense.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2018

For today’s business-minded growers, it is not a question of “if” you should be conducting soil sampling. Soil sampling provides the accurate data and field-specific insights necessary to guide your fertility decisions and management practices. A balanced fertility plan is essential to maximizing production. Over or under application of any specific nutrient can result in […]

 
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What you need to know about pre-season soil sampling

Posted on: Apr 18, 2018

With Canadian growers spending over $4 Billion annually on fertilizer, pre-season soil sampling ensures decisions around nutrient investments are based on the best information available, rather than guesswork.  Today’s soil tests go far beyond measuring nutrients and can provide insights on soil health – which can help you develop a comprehensive input and management strategy. […]

 
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Agricultural nutrient profile: micronutrients-part 3

Posted on: Mar 14, 2018

Micronutrient deficiency and yield: law of the minimum 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 […]

 
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Agricultural nutrient profile: micronutrients-part 2

Posted on: Mar 8, 2018

Key micronutrient challenges 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 role […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Micronutrients-Part 1

Posted on: Feb 28, 2018

An introduction to micronutrients in crop production 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 […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K)-Part 3

Posted on: Feb 14, 2018

How other nutrients affect potassium uptake in plants 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 […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K)-Part 2

Posted on: Feb 7, 2018

Potassium availability in the soil 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 […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K)-Part 1

Posted on: Jan 31, 2018

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 plant health and crop quality. Next to […]

 
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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS-PART 3

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 […]

 
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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS-PART 2

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 […]

 
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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS-PART 1

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). […]

 
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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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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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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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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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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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