The Sure Growth Team would like to thank everybody for coming out to the field day to support Sure Growth along with learning from key industry people. Sure Growth would like to send out a huge thank you to the sponsors who sponsored the day as well!
Another spring is quickly approaching and our team here at Sure Growth Technologies are on our feet quickly getting ready to help our growers do what they do best: Farm. We recently hosted our annual spring growers meeting on March 13th, 2015 at the Russell Inn Hotel & Conference Centre in Russell Manitoba.
The day was filled with excellent presentations from a variety of coaches across our Agri-Trend network.
Sure Growth’s own, Terry Aberhart kicked off the meeting with our 2015 update to keep everyone in the loop as to what kind of cool things we’ll be up to this year and what we hope to bring to our clients and their farming operations. Terry’s presentation even touched on some of the neat features of the new Agri-Data App and how we hope you will all become accustomed to using it on your own farms too.
Elston Solberg, the Director of Agri-Knowledge took some time to give us a presentation on Overcoming the Agronomic Limitations of Your Seeding Equipment.
Dr. Geza Racz spoke on Sustainable Phosphorus Use and Product Efficiency and Matt Ramage gave us an excellent insight as to how they utilize precision farming practices in the United States and how we can use them here on our own farming operations.
Matt Ramage, Elston Solberg, and Dr. Geza Racz then teamed up to give an excellent presentation on Floating & Fertilizer Efficiency.
Bob Barton joined us to give us an outlook on the upcoming 2015 marketing season and Joerg Zimmerman lead us into supper time with a great presentation on Strategic Planning & Team Motivation to help give our growers some tips on growing their business.
Once again, the Russell Inn’s catering team went above and beyond to bring us a delicious meal and Terry Aberhart gave an excellent presentation on his recent trip to Ethiopia with the Canadian Food Grains Bank. We hope that everyone in attendance was able to walk away with some fresh knowledge in his or her brains, as we know we sure did.
We would like to send special thanks out to our sponsors for the day:
ATP Nutrition and a thank you to all of our growers, industry personnel, and Agri-Trend network who were able to make it to this meeting. We appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedules to join us. Do not forget to mark your calendars for Friday, July 24th, 2015 when we will be hosting our Annual Sure Growth Technologies field day. We wish everyone the best in the upcoming growing season and look forward to working with you all.
Last week within the Agri-Trend network we had another excellent conference call. The topic of the call was how to evaluate nodulation. We had our Senior Agri-Coach Tracey Preete lead share some great information. Checking nodulation consists of pulling a few plants, seeing how many nodules are present on the plants’ root system, and seeing how the plant is functioning. One thing we talked about was how to better evaluate nodulation and how to allow for some comparison between fields or from year to year.
Nodulation should be checked as early as two weeks after emergence in crops such as field peas, chickpeas, and lentils. Nodule numbers generally increase to a maximum in these crops at the mid-flowering stage. Checking the nodule number and function around three to four weeks after emergence will allow time for any corrective action that may take place if there are problems.
The best way to check nodulation is to dig up a group of plants (approximately four or five) should be dug up with the root mass and surrounding soil intact. Then, soak the plants in a pail of water and carefully remove the soil.
A few things that should be kept in mind when assessing the nodulation are as follows:
➢ The plant growth stage
➢ The sample location (avoid hilltops, low spots, herbicide overlaps, etc)
➢ Variety differences
➢ Soil test nitrate levels (may delay nodulation or nodule function)
➢ Starter fertilizer rates (may delay nodulation or nodule function)
➢ Field history that includes pulse crops (background of residual levels of Rhizobium)
➢ Inoculant type:
↳ Soil-applied inoculant products will result in nodules on both the primary and secondary
↳ Residual or background Rhizobium bacteria usually produce nodules on secondary roots away from the primary root and crown
Generally, low nodule numbers or poorly functioning nodules do not always mean that there are problems but it should cause you to investigate further. Detecting a problem early enough will give you time to take tissue samples, check soil test nitrate levels or other reasons for lack of nodulation to determine if corrective actions are needed. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact your Agri-coach. We hope you’re all thrilled to be done with seeding and into spraying.
We hope you’re all enjoying the 2014 planting season. We wanted to share some awesome information that we discussed during yesterday mornings network chat conference call. The great power with our Agri-Trend network is being able to participate in things like this with some of our top professionals. We never stop learning in this ever changing industry.
Today’s discussion was on tissue tests and the benefit to our farms. We all know the importance of soil tests in the field planning process. Soil testing provides us with important information to provide the proper nutrients for the crop during the growing season.
What about once the seed is in the ground?
When soil testing is used in conjunction with tissue testing we, as Agri-Coaches, are able to help you get yet another step closer to achieving your maximum yield by testing for deficiencies before they become a visible problem in your field. Tissue testing is able to help us get you the quickest treatment of a current problem and keep up to date with the health of the crop.
The best part?
Testing at different points in the growing season will help us identify deficiencies such as zinc and potassium that can make major impacts on your yield. The more you keep up to date with the nutrient placements within your fields, the easier it will be to plan your fertilizer applications, should you require any. We’re excited to begin scouting and tissue testing! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Another long winter has come, and feels like it is never going to leave, yet meteorologists say that spring is here and we can only hope that Mother Nature will start to agree soon.
March 27th 2014 we held our annual Spring Growers Meeting at the Russell Inn in Russell Manitoba to kick off the upcoming growing season, even if there is still a foot of snow on top of the fields. We had some excellent presentations from Tom Wolf of Agri-Matrix, Ron Rabe from Monsanto, Kristina Nesbitt of BASF, Dan Aberhart from Precision Land Solutions, Justin Cleaver from Sure Growth Technologies, Derek Squair from Agri-Trend Marketing, Jarret Chambers from ATP Nutrition, Elston Solberg from Agri-Trend Agrology, and Terry Aberhart from Sure Growth Technologies.
Our presenters covered everything from the latest spraying technology to the various agronomic concerns that producers face, along with some great presentations from a few of the members on our Agri-Trend team. We thank everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to join us along with the Russell Inn who provided a great venue and fantastic meals. We would also like to thank the following sponsors of the event:
We wish everyone a successful planting season and cannot wait to be by your side as we approach, what we hope to be, yet another great year at Sure Growth Technologies Inc.
We at Sure Growth Technologies Inc., do our best to minimize our risk through strategic agronomic management. Part of this is achieved through ‘Precision Farming’ which encompass a range of components such as field trials, variable rate practices, soil and plant fertility & satellite imagery.
Results from past trials have proven to be extremely positive with leading industry experts showing a keen interest. We are so pleased with our trials that we wish to invite you to our field day to see for yourself. A handful of experts from Agri-Trend including other professional from within the industry will be here discussing our variable rate practices in more details as well as other concerns regarding insects and disease.
We hope that you will find this day extremely resourceful, helping you improve your business further.
The field day will begin from Aberhart Farms, Langeburg at 12:30pm. If you require further information about this event please contact Terry Aberhart at:
Cell: +1 306 743 7657
Another growing season is quickly coming upon us. We are are looking forward to hosting our annual spring grower meeting March 28th at Prairie Lake Lodge – Lake of the Prairies. As usual this will be a information packed day with Agri-Trend experts, Industry reps and our top farm clients. We hope to see you all there!
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