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  • May19Tue

    Corn ear moulds and mycotoxins

    May 19, 2020 Drew Thompson

    For corn, 2018 is likely to be remembered as the year of ear moulds and the associated mycotoxins. Some counties (eg. Haldimand and Niagara) were not as severely impacted by this issue as others, but the issue was felt to some degree across all of Southwestern Ontario. 
    The dire economic consequences of this issue has the attention of all...

  • May19Tue

    Sulfur important for corn production

    May 19, 2020 Drew Thompson
    Filed Under:
    Corn

    The vast majority of producers understand the need importance of sulfur for optimal corn yields, and most are targeting a ratio of 10-12:1 for N:S. This means that for every 10-12 lb ac of N applied to their corn crop they will aim to have 1 lb ac of sulfur – so an N rate of 180 lb ac would have 15-20 lb ac of sulfur.

    This seems to be the...

  • May19Tue

    Corn seed sizing

    May 19, 2020 Matt Chapple
    Filed Under:
    Corn

    Corn seed sizing has always been an important part of the seed ordering process. 
    For generations we have felt that a medium flat would be the right choice for finger pickup planters, or possibly a round size would be better to meter on a vacuum unit.  
    Other considerations included the fact that the germination rate is...

  • Feb4Mon

    Tips for Winter Grazing

    February 4, 2019

    Characteristics of a good grazing hybrid:
     

    Early silage hybrids are the best option for winter grazing.

    Choose hybrids that will reach 50% milk at first killing frost. 

    Select hybrids that produce high forage yields and high digestibility.

    Choose hybrids with known standability. 

  • In this photo, the cob on the bottom shows the obvious impact of a boron deficiency.

    The impact of boron on corn

    September 25, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Corn

    In late August, PRIDE Seeds agronomist Drew Thompson was called to visit a grower’s corn field, where the complaint was ears that were small, misshapen and poorly pollinated. 

  • May16Wed

    Overcoming late corn planting

    May 16, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Planting

    Bad weather for an extended period can drastically delay planting. So, what’s a farmer to do once the optimal date for planting corn has passed? And just what does ‘optimal’ mean anyway?

  • While it might be tempting to skip the process of planting a cover crop, there are some very compelling reasons not to.

    Aaron Bowman, an agronomist with PRIDE Seeds says cover crops can reduce the soil erosion caused by wind and rain, as well as alleviate soil compaction.

  • Today’s high yielding hybrids and increasing population densities have researchers once again looking at the quantity and timing of nutrient uptake throughout the growing season. Each macro and micronutrient has a unique role and individual characteristics within the growing plant. Having the right rate at the right time can definitely influence the performance of high yielding hybrids.

     

  • Fortenza/Stamina – Why?

    January 16, 2018
    Filed Under:
    Corn

    PRIDE Seeds is now using the Fortenza® Maxim®Quattro with Stamina® (FMQ/S) package of insecticide and fungicides as its primary seed treatment on corn products, and for good reason.

    Agronomist Matt Chapple says the company has embraced the move because of FMQ/S’s proven effectiveness at providing both early-season insect and disease protection, as well as increased plant health and cold tolerance.

  • Nov24Fri

    Silage Matters

    November 24, 2017
    Filed Under:
    Silage

    “Feed costs are the largest single cost in livestock production, making up 55 to 70 per cent of the total. Every dollar spent has to count.”

    Doug Alderman
    Vice President, Sales & Marketing
    PRIDE Seeds