Beneficial Blast: The Ladybird Beetle

Due to the snowy weather we are experiencing in the first few days of March, the team here at Fieldsmart thought it would be good to blast a little promise of the quickly approaching growing season. Beneficial insects can often be overlooked when making the decision to spray insecticide. We get caught up in the…

To seed, or not to seed…pulses.

There has been chatter among farmers that an option for their seeding plan is to replace lentils with wheat and canola acres. There are two issues with this trend. One, India is kind of a mystery and you never know what is going to happen with prices between now and October. Two, you should plan…

Let’s Talk Weather

Here at Western Sales, we love to manage what we measure. Integrating a weather monitoring system into your farming operation is another tool to aid in the management and decision-making process. We are thrilled to announce a “SmartWeather” system that has been customized to include a DTN weather station, along with a Field Connect soil…

Data: How to Record it. Why Record it.

GS3 and GS2 harvest set up How do I Record my data? Most newer style machines have the ability to record data, whether in a seeder, sprayer or combine. It all depends on the year of the model and the electronics that have been installed. Since it is August, we will cover the basics on…

Benefits of Localized Agronomy

The 2017 crop started out in good moisture in many areas around Rosetown. In the areas that experienced higher moisture, mud caused issues during seeding. Drier conditions post seeding caused stress on young seedlings emerging from seedbed. Canola – Shortly after seeding, flea beetles invaded the early seeded canola causing economic damage in areas. Later in…

Keeping an Eye on the Future

Western Sales Ag Research Project – Update 2016 – Crop Year Results The 2016 Western Sales Ag Research Project provided us with some murky results. Damage done by mother nature in the growing season led to mostly inconclusive results, but just like farmers, our research farm must battle the yearly change in weather patterns to…

Your Land Is Speaking to You – Manage Your Crop In-Season

Farming is a science, balancing plant needs and soil health can determine your yield and profitability this year and for many years to come. We have all seen examples of how old farming practices and poor rotations can have lasting impacts on farmland. You can plan all winter, do soil tests, stick to the agronomic…

Manage What You Measure

Farming has changed, farming is changing, and farming will change, of this I am certain.  Equipment has changed from oxen, plow and sickle to self propelled machinery with air conditioners and fridges. We no longer aim for a landmark 2 miles away to keep our rows straight (or seed and harvest on an angle so…

Too Much Water

Unfortunately, the Rosetown area, including our research farm, has been ‘soaked’ for most of July. Over the past two months (June & July) 237mm of precipitation fell as collected by Environment Canada. In 2015, only 113mm of precipitation fell. Rainfall totals in June and July this year were twice as much as they were for…

Western Ag Research Project 2016

  Year Two 2016 marks year two on the Western Ag Research Farm. Lentils (Maxims) and Wheat (Durum) are the two crops being grown on the farm. Fertilizer and seed rates differed within the field based on variable rate maps generated by FieldSmart agronomists. All of the variable rate fields have a check strip. The…

Lets Talk Nutrients- Macronutrient

Nitrogen   Forms Ammonium (NH4+) Nitrate (NO3–) Nitrite (NO2–) Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) Characteristics Nitrogen is mobile in both the soil and the plant. The nitrogen cycle occurs with additions from the air (Nitrogen is 80% of the atmosphere) and soil. Nitrogen may become available or added to the soil system, not only by the addition…

What are the FieldSmart Agrologists doing in the Winter Months?

During the winter months, agrologists are busy analyzing; fall soil tests, new electrical conductivity maps, and yield data. All the information collected will be used to build future prescription programs.   +     +   =  Yield data is collected from a monitor in the producers combine(s) (color does not matter), and uploaded to the FieldSmart…