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TAURUS AGRONOMIC BITES- Flowering Crops, Pollination and Bees- A Sustainability Conversation

Posted on: Jun 2, 2020

We have a special guest panelist joining us for our third episode of Taurus Agronomic Bites! Our Taurus experts and special guest panelist, Kreg Alde of Broken Tine Orchard/ Alde Farms, take part in a live discussion around flowering crops, pollination and yield potential.  Listen to Kreg’s experience and successes with attracting more bees, increasing […]

 
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THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF MOLYBDENUM

Posted on: Apr 30, 2020

For a “Minor” Element Molybdenum Has Big Impact For All Crops To make sure the health of your plants and your yields are maximized in 2020, let’s do a quick refresher on molybdenum (Mo or abbreviated as “Moly”). In a plant, Mo’s role is to transform nitrogen to amino acids.  In legumes it enables nitrogen […]

 
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GROWTH STAGING CANOLA

Posted on: Apr 29, 2020

Join Mike Dolinski as he delves into the world of canola and staging using his microscopic pictures as a learning tool. Topics covered: Nutrient considerations and damage Roots Staging: Germination, vegetative growth, pollination, reproduction Club root- infection/ photos/ where to now Have questions? Connect with one of our reps.

 
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PEAS: GETTING TO KNOW US

Posted on: Apr 23, 2020

Continuing on in our crop staging series Mike Dolinski and Adam Smith will join forces to bring you a new webinar with never before seen microscopic imagery of pea growth. Guaranteed not to be the same old agronomic info you’ve seen before. Mike and Adam focus in detail on seed nutrient quality, germination and seedling […]

 
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What Happens When a Plant is Under Stress? [2 min watch]

Posted on: Jun 10, 2019

Mike Dolinski shares with us what happens to a plant under stress and what to do about it. Related Content: Countering Abiotic Stress- Including Herbicide stress | A look at Plant Stress and their Coping Strategies | Biostimulants and Hormones | Can Crops be Protected from Abiotic Stress at the Genetic Level? | How Foliar […]

 
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Countering Abiotic Stress – Including Herbicide Stress

Posted on: May 23, 2019

In our last blog, based on a presentation by plant physiology specialist, Mike Dolinski we learned how a chain of tiny chemical reactions in plants can cause damage when abiotic stress occurs. At the same time, we revealed how plants can use their own chemical processes to counter the effects of stress. Today, we look […]

 
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A Look at Plant Stress and Their Coping Strategies

Posted on: May 8, 2019

As growers, you see the field-level impact that drought, hot or cool temperatures, hail, and excessive moisture have on your plants: you see symptoms such as burnt leaf tips, wilting, delayed development or even death. What you can’t easily see is how the effects of stress are preventing normal plant function at the cellular level.  […]

 
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5 Ways to Build Resiliency in Plants to Beat Stress

Posted on: Apr 11, 2019

Like people, plants are vulnerable to a wide variety of everyday stressors. Because we care for the health of your crops (and your health too), we’d like to share the following stress reduction strategies. But first, let’s compare stress in plants and humans. Stress in Plants vs. Humans With people, we typically talk about stress […]

 
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Biostimulants and Plant Hormones

Posted on: May 31, 2018

Growers are no stranger to crop inputs, such as fertilizers and crop protection products. However, there is another, less widely known category of inputs that is gaining popularity on performance-driven farming operations. Agricultural biostimulants are organically or synthetically derived inputs that stimulate natural processes within a plant. They aid in plant nutrient uptake, nutrient efficiency […]

 
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How Foliar Nutrients Minimize Seen and Unseen Herbicide Stress

Posted on: May 16, 2018

In an effort to reduce competition and maximize yield in your fields, you rely on an ever-growing list of selective pre and post-emergent herbicides. These products are formulated with active ingredients designed to kill weeds, without causing visible damage to the crop. But did you know that even though your plants may not show physical […]

 
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How nutritional seed dressings aid in germination and early seedling development

Posted on: May 2, 2018

From the moment a seed begins to germinate, it will be seeking nutrients required to fuel its growth and development. Fortunately, the seed has packed a small lunch: in the form of nutritional requirements wrapped in the seed coat. However, a young and rapidly growing plant often hungers for more. Choosing the right seed dressing […]

 
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Helping Your Seed Succeed

Posted on: Apr 5, 2018

How a nutritional seed dressing benefits crops out of the gate Agricultural seed dressings have come a long way. Developed to get the seed off to the strongest possible start, they lay the groundwork for healthy germination and offer protection against common stressors. Nutritional seed dressings provide a wide range of benefits, including: Improved seedling […]

 
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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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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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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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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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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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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 and plant science […]

 
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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 Western Canadian 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 […]

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