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Variable Rate Irrigation Project

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A new Variable Rate Irrigation project at Farming Smarter will experiment with sensors to improve water use in pivot irrigation systems with real time data from the field. Lewis Baarda sits down with project partners Kevin Cussen and Mark Johnson to outline the project and the challenges…

Canola seed sizes, corn and weather

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Nicole Rasmussen of Corteva AgriScience talks about canola seed size, corn crops, planting methods and planting depths with Mike Gretzinger of Farming Smarter.

Spore traps for every farm

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Rachael Melenka of 20/20 Seed Labs talks with Lewis Baarda of Farming Smarter about the Spornado spore trap that offers a cost effective alternative to more expensive spore traps. Farming Smarter partnered with 20/20 Seed Labs to test Spornado efficacy in the field.

Biostimulants

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Mike Gretzinger, Farming Smarter Research Coordinator and Ryan Bonnett of Stoller Enterprises talk about the efficacy and reality of biostimulants in field scale applications. They discuss when and how these products can add benefit to crops. Check out Farming Smarter’s Biostimulant research project to see what we’re learning.

Canadian Quinoa Journey

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Listen while Liam & Mike talk about growing quinoa in Canada. Where it works, what to think about and why it’s an interesting novel crop to consider for your farm. Liam O’Halloran of NorQuin in conversation with Mike Gretzinger, Farming Smarter Research Coordinator

Field Tested Delivers ROI

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Field Tested delivers ROI: There’s nothing that compares to test results you see on your land, planted & harvested with your equipment and grown under your care. They’re the best because you know how you got those results and that you can replicate the method…

Dr. Carcamo knows flea beetles

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Alberta farmers may notice a change in flea beetle populations. Listen to Dr. Hector Carcamo, AAFC Entomologist, and Lewis Baarda, Farming Smarter Field Tested, in conversation regarding flea beetle species, management practices, predators, insecticides etc. in Alberta. Get a sense of how changes to on…

CWRS Yield Gaps

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Wheat growers! This program is for you. Dr. Brian Beres and Dr. Patricio Grassini talk about current research into quantifying CWRS yield gaps. Dr. Brian Beres is the agronomy research scientist with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge. Alberta. Dr. Patricio Grassini is an associate…

Going Digital at Farming Smarter

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Jamie Puchinger, Farming Smarter Assistant Manager and Morton Molyneux, K2 communications, talk about taking Farming Smarter events digital. The 2020 summer event season had to pivot quickly to offering digital Plot Hops in the summer of covid19.

Andre Lacoursiere 2020 Observations

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In this episode, Michael Kaake  talks to Andre Lacoursiere, 2nd Opinion Inc., about agronomy and how COVID-19 affected his company in 2020. He also talks about interesting things he saw in southern Alberta fields over the 2020 growing season. He brings up observations that may…

Scott Gillespie 2020 Agronomy Highlights

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Scott Gillespie, Agronomist of Plants Dig Soil, talks about interesting things he saw in southern Alberta fields over the 2020 growing season. He brings up observations that may portend challenges for 2021.

Diane Westerlund Soil Benchmarking

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Mike talks to Diane Westerlund about the provincial soil benchmarking project. Farming Smarter manages the southern Alberta portion of the project.

Digital Media Practicums

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Mike Kaake did a 150 hour Digital Media practicum with Farming Smarter in September 2020. During this time, we asked him to produce five podcasts. Mike talks with Claudette Lacombe, Farming Smarter Communications Manager, and Deb Hadley, Chair – School of Media and Information Technologies…

Build a biobed to manage rinsate

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Dr. Claudia Sheedy and Farming Smarter want you to build a biobed to manage pesticide rinsates on your farm. Farming Smarter built a working biobed for its farm and often includes it in tours. They also built a biobed trailer that can travel southern Alberta…

Hemp production in Alberta

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Dr. Jan Slaski of Innotech Alberta studies hemp from seed to final product. 2020 will mark his 18th year in hemp research all over Alberta. He is also part of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.

Clubroot sniffing dogs

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Dr. Mike Harding, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, and Farming Smarter worked with Grimmers Canine College to train dogs to detect clubroot in the soil. This pilot project shows that it’s possible to use dogs to sniff out clubroot.

Herbicide Resistance in southern Alberta

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Dr. Charles Geddes studies herbicide resistance conducting research in southern Alberta at the Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada research center. He talks with Farming Smarter’s Mike Gretzinger about findings from southern Alberta.

Using crop rotations to control disease

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Dr. Randy Kutcher, University of Saskatchewan, is a plant pathologist currently doing a large, multi-province crop rotation study to answer questions about how rotating crops can keep some diseases at bay.

Irrigation research in southern Alberta

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Willejmin Appels, Lethbridge College Irrigation Research Chair joins Ken Coles, Farming Smarter Executive Director for a conversation about progress in irrigation technology and agronomy.

Choosing a cover crop for your rotations

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Yvonne Lawley, University of Manitoba, talks about the goals of cover crop use on the prairies. Cover crops can improve soil, conserve water and strengthen a farmers bottom line. Lawley and Ken Coles, Farming Smarter Executive director talk about the challenges and benefits for southern…

What makes Farming Smarter important?

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Farming Smarter Director Ryan Mercer and Executive Director Ken Coles in conversation about the role of the organization in southern Alberta farming. Our primary focus is applied research that helps southern Alberta crop producers make informed choices around inputs, technology and management practices for their…

Farming Smarter Podcast

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This Farming Smarter podcast is a joint effort with Lethbridge College under a Canadian Agriculture Partnership grant. As digital media evolves and the public changes its habits and preferences for getting information, Farming Smarter wants to make sure reliable agricultural research information comes in all…