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From do-it-yourself modifications to manufactured units, the machinery for inter-seeding covers is evolving at a remarkable pace.

Four growers who believe in inter-seeding into standing corn

"It’s something that we have to start doing and advertising to the consumer," Gerard Grubb, Mildmay farmer

Reading Time: 11 minutes As trends go, this one is picking up steam. Two years ago, it seemed a novelty. You were lucky to see it outside of a few test locations such as at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, although there were also isolated growers who had become believers, especially in Quebec. Today, the movement has clearly spread, not […] Read more

Table 1: Annual ryegrass sensitivity to soil-applied corn herbicides.

Pest Patrol: Sensitivity of inter-seeded annual ryegrass and red clover to corn herbicides

#PestPatrol with Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Reading Time: < 1 minute Research has been done in the United States and Canada to determine the tolerance of cover crops to various soil-applied corn herbicides. This article provides an overview of the results of that work, and provides some consensus across the different locations. Two important factors influence the potential for carryover injury to rotational crops: The sensitivity […] Read more

Another example of a fixed-wing aircraft is this Piper Pawnee, seen over a field near St. Marys, Ont.

Is the sky the limit for aerial spray applicators?

Caught between rigid government regulations and undependable farm demand, these aerial applicators wonder about their future

Reading Time: 6 minutes We all look when we hear them. The sound of an airplane or helicopter sprayer is as distinctive as it is enticing. With an airplane, there’s that telltale roar of its high-powered engine and the pitch-shifting Doppler-effect. With a helicopter, there’s the unmistakable vibration stirring the air as it races from one end of a […] Read more

Somerset-area organic farmer Jeremiah Evans is impressed with the weed control he’s getting with his new U.K.-made in-row cultivator, the Garford Robocrop.

Organic weed control, precision weed tillage via the ‘Robocrop’

Frustrated with lack of weed control, one organic farmer from Manitoba is impressed by a U.K.-made in-row cultivator

Reading Time: 3 minutes Jeremiah Evans has a new high-tech hand helping him control weeds on his organic farm. Last fall the Somerset-area farmer took delivery of a custom-built U.K.-manufactured Garford Robocrop in-row cultivator, which uses special software to identify and target weeds, leaving the crop behind. After seeing what it could do to his wild oats, thistle and […] Read more

Phacelia is unlike any other plant species on today’s farms, so as a cover, it helps break the cycles of corn, soybeans and even wheat.

A cover crop that buzzes

Phacelia can fit a variety of cropping systems, and it’s popular with bees

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s a new arrival in cover crops called phacelia that has the compelling advantage of being neither a cereal nor an oilseed. In fact, phacelia is a completely new species in Canada’s agriculture, which may prove to be a very good thing indeed. Phacelia is a member of the waterleaf (Hydrophyllaceae) family. Unlike oilseed radish, […] Read more

Manure for cover crop

Interest in cover crops keeps building; now add some more nutrients

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s undeniable that interest in cover crops has taken off in the past two or three years. Red clover is making a comeback, there’s more being done with multi-species covers, and there’s renewed interest in seeding covers into standing corn crops. There’s even more research into using cover crops as emergency forage sources. Now comes […] Read more

Said U.S. president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

Humanity must stop treating soil like dirt

Why we care: Farmers around the world know soil is the stuff of life

Reading Time: 6 minutes Winnipeg was the site of 2014’s World Congress on Conservation Agriculture where farmers, agronomists, researchers and policy-makers from 33 countries around the globe met to discuss the world’s soil, as the stories in the special ‘Sustainability’ section in the July 2014 issue of Country Guide reveal. In fact, Country Guide, and our farm readers, feel so strongly about […] Read more

Learning how to do more with the seed, beyond its traits, is becoming another facet of precision agriculture.

Plotting a course for 2014

This summer’s demo trials will focus on how to mesh traits and crop protection with precision ag technology for even better results

Reading Time: 5 minutes After a long winter and a slow start to spring, everyone is itching to hit the field, and the major seed and chemical companies are no exception. This year, though, they’re moving away from just looking at new active ingredients or new genetics in their R&D plots. Now, they’re also starting to show what their […] Read more