Entries by Deanna

Minimizing Nitrogen Losses

If there was a throne meant for the king of plant nutrients, I bet nitrogen will be sitting on it, unopposed. The nutrient is by far the most important in crop production. It’s also the most studied, and the most talked about. I’ve even found several songs dedicated to it, from pop to rap…that’s quite […]

When weeds refuse to die

Since the 1940s when herbicides were commercially released, their use has revolutionized agricultural productivity. Without them, weed control in large-scale farming will neither be economical nor practical, and yield losses will be massive. But the innovation was unfortunately accompanied by the increase in the dominance of resistant weeds. One of the earliest recorded cases of […]

How water quality affects herbicide efficiency

Recently, I read a chemistry quote that said, “You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the precipitate”. Now, I know that’s a play on Eldridge Cleaver’s famous words (You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem), […]

Digging up the truth about soil health

When the Soil Conservation Council of Canada challenged everybody to ‘soil your undies’, the move sparked a lot of interest as farmers and gardeners buried clean underwear in the soil and then dug them up 2 months later to assess soil health. Those whose soils were healthy dug up little else besides elastic waistbands, while […]

The rise and rise of biological seed treatment

When treating seeds with biological organisms was first suggested many years ago, the idea seemed like something out of a sci-fi comic book. But today, just like how these organisms proliferate in plant systems, the idea has proliferated in the R&D departments of top agricultural companies as research scientists join the race to find the […]

SynergyAG opens four new crop input retail locations in Western Canada

Govan, Saskatchewan – Prairie farmers have a new option in crop inputs and agronomic advice. SynergyAG, an independent chain of retail locations, begins operations this fall. “SynergyAG is the natural progression of our family’s 60 years in seed and crop nutrition retail,” said Brad Hanmer, President and CEO of SynergyAG. The Hanmer family also runs a […]

Plains West Ag Services joins SynergyAG

Pense, Saskatchewan – Plains West Ag Services Ltd of Pense, SK has joined SynergyAG. As an independent crop input retailer, Plains West Ag Services has been owned and operated by the Wood family since 2004. “SynergyAG is extremely proud of this announcement. We believe this will strengthen our ability to provide another voice for independent crop […]