Top Crop Manager

Top Crop Manager
Concern growing over slow corn crop development

Concern growing over slow corn crop development

Much of Ontario's corn crop is at late pollination to blister stage and concern over the crop's slow development is still increasing.

Manure management tips

Manure management tips

Christine Brown offers a few things to keep in mind that will help maximize manure dollars spent.

Best Prairie stubbles for winter wheat

Best Prairie stubbles for winter wheat

Winter wheat can have a good fit in many cropping systems across the Prairies.

Scout edible beans for anthracnose

Scout edible beans for anthracnose

The first suspect cases this season of anthracnose have been reported in white beans.

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.

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North American Manure Expo comes to Canada...
For the first time ever, the North American Manure Expo is being hosted within a Canadian province. The annual show is being held August 20 and 21, 2013, at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, located near Guelph, Ontario. So, what's a Manure Expo and why should you attend? This video will provide all the dirt.
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Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitation
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The population explosion...
With the world's population increasing exponentially and farmland staying the same, BASF took to the streets to ask consumers if this trend is sustainable.
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Lily Tamburic...
Lily Tamburic

Machinery

Both the chopper flails and knives show extensive wear. Maintain the combine's straw chopper

by Ken Panchuk, PAg, Provincial Specialist, Soils After a large crop there is bound to be plenty of wear and stress on your straw chopper's components. Did you feel any unusual vibration when operating the combine last fall? If so, this is a good time to investigate and determine the cause. If the straw chopper is the source of the vibration, get the straw chopper serviced and balanced. Many things can happen in short order when putting heavy crops through the machine, from uneven wear on chopper flails and knives to a bent, cracked or even broken shaft. Premature bearing failure or a worn shaft can also be the source of the vibration. Checking closely for hairline cracks on the bearing mounts and pans will also provide hints of an emerging problem. Rotation or replacing the flails and knives may be all that is needed to keep the chopper in top condition for harvest. Remember, the first important step in zero-tillage is chopping and spreading the straw and chaff uniformly using a fine cut chopper that is standard on most combines.