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XiteBio / 18.09.2020

While many farmers have been busy logging long hours on the combine this fall, some have also started rolling out their planters.  Winter wheat & winter peas are examples of winter crops that are becoming increasingly attractive and profitable for producers. Improvements in seed genetics and agronomic practices have led to higher yields, but are inoculants and biologicals an option as well? Can growth-promoting bacteria remain viable and survive the winter? The answer is YES! Soil bacteria live and travel in water film found throughout the soil (1). As...

XiteBio / 11.09.2020

Every farmer knows the importance of phosphorous (P) when growing any crop. Phosphate fertilizer is one of the first crop inputs you think about before the season starts, but there is much more to soil P than putting fertilizer on your acres every year. In this week’s edition of growing possibilities, we are going to discuss how phosphates added to your soil actually get to your plants, and the importance of ensuring the efficient use of these phosphate sources. Phosphorus is added to soil in a few different ways,...

XiteBio / 04.09.2020

As soybean harvest approaches, some growers may be noticing a low yielding, yellow portion of their crop. Several diseases or health issues may be the culprit, but there is one that can make or break your soybean crops: Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN). In this week’s edition of Growing Possibilities, we will discuss the significant impact these nematodes can have your soil, and how you can mitigate the damages they cause. The SCN are present in both Ontario and Manitoba here in Canada, and have been present all across the...

XiteBio / 28.08.2020

As autumn harvest continues, planning and seeding of winter crops is starting. A popular winter crop in both Canada and the US is winter peas. If this is your first time planting them you may be asking: how are they different from spring peas? And how should I plan for a winter pea crop? In this week’s Growing Possibilities, we will explore what makes winter peas unique from their spring-sown equivalents, and how you can prepare for a successful crop this winter. Winter and spring varieties are still of...