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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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Issue No. 42 - Summer 2004

On June 2, 2004, approximately 350 people attended Saskatchewan’s only direct seeding field day held at the
historical Seager Wheeler farm east of Rosthern.

This year’s event marked the 10 year anniversary for Seeding Trends, featuring a more diverse agenda while continuing to showcase direct seeding and sprayer technology. The large crowd came from all four corners of the province to take in the annual event. The theme of this year’s agenda was “Direct Seeding - 10 years of Showcasing Success”. Organizers of past and  present field days believe their efforts towards staging the late spring event have contributed to the increasing adoption rate of direct seeding in the province.

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