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XiteBio / 02.10.2020

Now that harvest is coming to a close, many growers are reflecting on this year’s crop and thinking about what went well and what didn’t. If you noticed brown roots, yellow plants or a decrease in yield, Aphanomyces Root Rot (ARR) should be the first thing on your mind. ARR is one of the most devastating diseases your pulse crops can encounter, decimating pea yields by as much as 70% in severe infestations (1). In this week’s edition of growing possibilities, we will be highlighting the need to...

XiteBio / 24.09.2020

Use of plant protein is on the rise across North America. Protein derived from row crops such as soybeans, peas and cereals is showing up more and more in various food products. From protein supplements to veggie burgers, more people are diversifying the ways they obtain protein in their diet, and the plant protein industry is undeniably growing. So why are so many people increasing their intake of plant protein? The low sodium and fat content of most pulses and cereals makes plant-based protein a healthy choice for getting...

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,...