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Issue No. 45 - Summer 2005

Most producers would be quick to agree that forage crops are good for our soil resource.

Forages are also beneficial in that they remove C02, one of the harmful green house gases from the atmosphere. However, there are 2 big factors that hinder an increase in forage acres. One of these is economic. Is there a market for the forage products and what are the economic margins? The other factor is the management techniques needed for production of forage products. One of these special techniques is getting forages established.

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Issue No. 44 - Spring 2005

The first of a three year variable rate fertilizer application study has been completed on the Gary and Stuart Lawrence farm

located in the dark brown soil zone 12 miles south of Rosetown. This study is one of many projects emphasized under the national Greenhouse Gas Mitigation program to help promote agricultural Best Management Practices that either sequester carbon or reduce nitrous oxide emissions. The Lawrence farm and SSCA have been the major partners involved to date, with Greenfield Ag based in Rosetown playing a secondary role.

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Issue No. 43 - Winter 2005

Can we afford 50$ nitrogen? Or can we afford not to use 50$ nitrogen? How can we find out?

The rising cost of natural gas has many producers fearful of what nitrogen could cost by spring. So what does a producer do? This past season’s tremendous crop growth has most producers feeling that the soil’s fertility pool is completely depleted. Neither are heaps of poor quality grain and disappointing grain prices adding any optimism for next year. Add to this the news that El Nino is building once again (a reminder of previous dry seasons across the prairies), and you don’t get a very rosy picture for the next crop year.

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