Soil

Improving soil testing accuracy and speed with laser technology February 2017

Funding will allow Quebec-based company to commercialize a laser-based soil analysis system. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Adding biochar to soil can reduce potato yields October 2016

Studies have shown adding biochar to soil can improve soil fertility, increase nutrient utilization in plants, improve soil water-holding capacity, increase crop yield and reduce emission of greenhouse gases. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Norfolk potato yields could be down 50 per cent July 2016

Due to hot, dry conditions, farmers in Norfolk County, Ont., have used irrigation in an effort to save the crop. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Tackling the yield challenge May 2016

In 2013, eastern Canadian potato growers were concerned: they were not seeing the yield increases experienced by growers throughout the rest of North America. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

P.E.I. planting in full swing May 2016

About 10 per cent of Prince Edward Island's potato crop is already in the ground. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Management practices for erosion March 2016

A New Brunswick researcher says that despite the common perception that water and wind are responsible for erosion, tillage erosion is actually the leading cause of soil degradation in most cultivated fields in Canada. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Ontario designates Guelph soil official provincial soil December 2015

To commemorate its important role and historical significance in the development of Ontario's agri-food sector, the province is designating the Guelph Soil Series as the official soil of Ontario. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Sweet potatoes a superfood for Ontario farmers October 2015

Sweet potatoes require specific growing conditions and are labour-intensive to harvest, but they love sandy soil of Norfolk County. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

AAFC offers solutions to fix soil erosion June 2015

Soil erosion is the leading cause of soil degradation in potato producing areas of New Brunswick, but spring run-off is only part of the soil loss problem. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Research aims to increase productivity in New Brunswick May 2015

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) has joined forces with McCain Foods Canada and the province’s potato growers in a major project to improve potato yields in New Brunswick by improving soil health. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Adding longevity to soil health February 2015

A 12-year irrigated rotation study near Vauxhall, Alta., which set out to examine the impact of rotation length and conventional (CONV) and conservation (CONS) management practices for potatoes, sugar beets, beans and soft wheat, has concluded that growing crops without conservation management practices may result in reduced yields and diminished soil quality. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Salt-tolerant potato crop October 2014

The humble spud is poised to launch a world food revolution, thanks to a Dutch team pioneering the development of crops fed by sea water. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

P.E.I. growers want deep well permits January 2014

P.E.I. potato growers are hoping the new year will bring them a gushing geyser of permits to begin irrigating fields this year from deep water wells. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Into the deep November 2013

With regards to potato diseases of the soil, questions have been hard to answer indeed. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Fingerprinting the soil February 2010

Canadian research scientists are working on a unique project to identify the millions of bacteria in soil with the aim of lowering management costs for potato growers. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Pulp and paper and potatoes: a match made in New Brunswick February 2010

Soil scientist Sherif Fahmy is excited about turning organic industrial “wastes” into something beneficial. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

What makes chloropicrin a good pick? March 2013

The variety of soil pathogens keep potato growers busy mitigating their potential crop damage, but a product that has been around for nearly a century is becoming more welcome in fields. Chloropicrin has a long track record of effectiveness on many soil-borne pathogens, including verticillium wilt, scab, Colletotrichum (black dot), rhizoctonia, fusarium, and phytophthora. First used on pineapples in Hawaii, the product is making its way into Canada’s potato fields. Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

Promising new potato varieties February 2013

Selecting suitable varieties is an essential first step in any successful potato operation. Varieties not only must suit the intended market but must also be Like this? Tweet it to your followers!

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