Simplifying Plot deliniation with AI and Aerial Imagary

The University of Guelph has developed a method for precisely aligning aerial imagery over time with plot boundaries, that are fixed and do not vary from image to image. Plot extraction from aerial imagery: A precision agriculture approach (wiley.com)

CropLife Canada has partnered with industry, academia, and government experts to create a website, to offer resources, and promote strategies for managing disease, insect, and weed resistance. Their latest resource is Managing Herbicide-Tolerant volunteers. See this and stay abreast of the latest knowledge and resources Manage ResistanceNow

Herbicide & Cover Crop Strategies for Managing Glyphosate-Resistant Fleabane

Weed herbicide resistance is one of the most serious management  issues ratedfby growers, agronomists and researchers . In Eastern Canada at the top of that list is glyphosate-resistant fleabane (GRFB). First identified in southern Ontario in 2010, GRFB has spread like wildfire across Ontario and is now identified in other areas including Quebec. Fleabane seeds are small, airborne, and stick to clothing, equipment, animals. A single mature plant can produce up to 250,000 seeds/plant. Most fleabane biotypes are glyphosate-resistant, but other biotype herbicide resistance to group 2, 2 & 9, and 22 exist.Good control options exist in corn and wheat, but is problematic in soybeans.
Article-OGF: https://b.link/GRFB_oNTFARM
Ont Diagostic Day presentation: https://b.link/Sikkama_GRFB
Research report-  Dr Peter Sikkema, RCAT : https://b.link/Sikkema_GRFB

A Mennonite neighbour of mine operates a small engine business. He services a lot of small engines from different equipment, and he commented recently that the most common issues he sees in problems with the motor could have been avoided by regular service according to the owner’s manual. The Honda gas engine on the Wintex is a commercial quality motor that can provide many years of reliable, trouble-free service. Refer to your owners manual for scheduled maintenance including these items

  • Changing the engine oil at first 20 hrs and then every 6 mths or 100 hrs
  • Air filter service/replace
  • Clean sediment cup
  • Spark plug replace yearly or 300 hours
  • Drain fuel or use a fuel stabilizer. Check if the fuel tank is clean
  • Service fuel filter
  • The Start recoil is in good condition & operates smoothly

Contact  support@agbusiness.ca. if you need a copy of the Honda owners manual

Manitoba Agriculture has developed a simple Phosphorus (P) spreadsheet calculator that allows users to input yield information and applied P during a rotation. A P balance is determined based on crop removal values, to show if soil P is being built, maintained or depleted. Phosphorus from manure applied during a rotation allows users to balance P over cropping cycle.

Phospohorus Balance Calculator (XLS)

Declining soil test phosphorus in the praries has increased interest in pushing P rates higher, following a 4R approach. Where high rates of P are required, side-banding of most or all of fertilizer P should be side-banded. Seed placed P did not provide a better canola crop response even at low rates compared to side-banded. More

How Plants Harvest Nutrients from Microbes

“plants are farming the soil microbial community”

plants are farming the soil microbial community”

It is not likely to be on the list of one of key benefits a grower would identify when talking about improving soil health. Howevver improving emergence, early root and crop growth and nutrient uptake are some of the benefits from Rhizophagy. Rhizophagy, is an important path in nutrient cycling and root developement. Rhizophagy is the cultivation by plant roots of microbes that live in root hairs & the surrounding soils to obtain nutrients. Growers are familiar with other better-known plant-microbe symbiotic relationships include legume-rhizobia symbiosis and mycorrhiza that live on root hairs.  The explosion in commercial biologicals in the market place including those applied to seed or during planting hold great promixse for promoting healthy crop-microbial rhizophagy. For a deeper understanding of the important role of rhizophagy [...]

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