Moving into bug season there are many insects out there that can be damaging to crop yield:

Lygus Bug: Damage — suck sap from leaves, stems, flowers, and pods. Cause flower blasting and shriveled seeds.
Diamondback Larva: Damage — mature larvae cause leaf, stem and pod stripping.
Cabbage Seedpod Weevil: scouting occurs when the insect is an adult, but the most damaging stage is done by the maggot of the cabbage seedpod weevil. Larvae eat developing seeds, causing yield loss.
Wheat Midge: Occurs at larva stage. Larva feeds on developing wheat kernel, causing it to shrivel, crack and deform.
Cereal Leaf Beetle: Beetles feed between the leaf veins and strip away the green tissue. Severe feeding can look frost damage on the crop.
And many others…

With that in mind keep on the lookout, protect your investment in your crop.
Sure Growth has been doing sweeps and bug counts for economic threshold throughout the season, however, we have not been seeing the pressure. But things can change overnight.

 

Its that time of year again! Everyone is rolling, the crop is getting in the ground and in many places, coming out of the ground. Have you been out to scout yet? The Sure Growth team has been busy keeping an eye on things in the field. A bit of timely moisture has got the ball rolling for germination and emergence of seeded acres. It is important to keep in mind some early season threats, such as Flea Beetles in Canola, and to begin monitoring your crop right after emergence while it is vulnerable to threats & to make in-crop spray decisions based on crop monitoring & scouting. It is also important to keep an eye on how your plant is responding to the weather and fertility application. Are there any nutrient deficiency signs yet? Is your crop showing some signs of moisture stress? What you find when you scout should directly influence your in-crop decisions.

 

The Saskatchewan Research Council in Saskatoon released some information earlier this spring of which we are all feeling the effects. First, the month of March was cold. Second, the first two weeks of April weren’t much better, having daily average temperatures below the 2010-1981 average. It is pretty obvious, winter hung on as long as it could across western Canada, but the warm weather hit us, and the majority of the snow cleared up.

#Plant18 came around the corner very quickly, and it will be important for everyone to focus their new couple days getting the equipment ready, and their next couple weeks getting the crop in the ground.

Everyone stay safe this #Plant18 and we hope that operations run smoothly for you all this spring!

 

Sure Growth Technologies Ag Innovation Summit 2018
We had a great turn out of both our Wapella & Yorkton Spring Meeting! Had a great agenda and learned lots from our speakers at the event!Highlights & Quotations:
Courtney Tuck – Spoke about Clubroot & Herbicide Resistance “It is all about prevention. You get a flu shot before you get the flu. We need to implement practices to prevent these threats on the farm. If we don’t, input costs may rise, or we may lose some of these technologies altogether. What would you do if you couldn’t profitably grow canola or spray herbicides?”
Derek Squair – Spoke about Strategic Grain Marketing, touching on various commodities & the Canadian Dollar “It’s not a guessing game.”, “As our dollar was dropping futures were rallying. As the Canadian Dollar goes lower, Canadian Canola futures look cheaper to importing countries, like China, making Canadian Canola exports look more attractive to buyers.”
Justin Cleaver – Spoke about Precision Decisions & the latest developments in Zone Management “PowerZone2 now uses PurePixel’s engine which uses algorithms in conjunction with NDVI imagery to create a more accurate representation of the field”, “What are we doing with our yield data (if we are collecting our yield data)?”
Franck Groeneweg – Spoke about Efficient Water Management “Proper water management can increase yields by $85/acre or more, according to SaskFSA”, “In a Canola Scenario, the impact from a Temporary 1 Acre Wetland will reduce yield by 120 bushels or $1320, as the wetland decreases the yield potential in the surrounding land.”
Elston Solberg – Spoke about Water & how it is the most limiting factor in regards to yield. “Water is the most deficient nutrient in dry-land agriculture, so why are we not measuring it? Most growers & agronomist know how many pounds of nutrients required to produce their crop, but they have no idea how much water is required to grow their crop” He also spoke on sulphur and how all of our crops need this nutrient every year. “Sulphur enhances the utilization of every other nutrient in your crop.”, “Sulphur helps in the production of Cystine and Methionine Amino acids. These two acids are the gatekeepers in the production of all of the 18 other common amino acids in a plant.”
Dan Aberhart – Spoke about Elemental Sulphur & Bio-Sul Premium Plus “Bio-Sul is an elemental sulphur amended compost, guaranteed 70% sulphur analysis. The Compost is a Class 1 Compost, there are no heavy metals or disease organisms in it, additionally it is tested regularly.”, “The Compost is taking food from grocery stores and utilizing it as a carrier product for the fertilizer in your fields.”
Terry Aberhart – Provided us insight on the future of agriculture speaking about leveraging technologies that have simplified his operation & showed us new technologies and innovation in agriculture. “Investments in fertilizer do pay off, however, they have to be in the right balance.” “Premium Weather with Trimble Ag Software has improved efficiencies in my operation. It can help you make planting decisions with the Growing Degree Day Map, Cumulative Rainfall Maps can help you make day to day decisions & saves you time, and Hail Alerts can give you can idea of where to scout on your farm and in your field for hail damage.”

Agriculture is changing. There are many new technologies and innovations in agriculture being developed every day. 

 

Suregrowth Technologies and AGRI-TREND are hosting events near you!

Join us at our Moosomin or Yorkton Event at the end of March! We have planned two great session pack full of information! We will be discussing Sustainable Fertilizer Solutions, The latest updates in Precision Farming, Precision Weather Data, Soil Moisture Level Monitoring, Zone Management and Creation, Herbicide Resistance and Clubroot and how they affect your farm, Updates about the World Ag Tech Summitt, and more! You won’t want to miss it!

We also want to hear from you! What kind of topics do you want at this event when you attend!

The agenda is not final at this time as we are still confirming and adding speakers.

We are hosting two separate days in two separate locations, so we hope you can make it!

If there is anyone you know, that you think would be interested in attending, please extend the invite to them as well!

Moosomin – March 28th, 2018
Yorkton – March 29th, 2018

 

Suregrowth Technologies and AGRI-TREND are hosting events near you!

Join us at our Moosomin or Yorkton Event at the end of March! We have planned two great session pack full of information! We will be discussing Sustainable Fertilizer Solutions, The latest updates in Precision Farming, Precision Weather Data, Soil Moisture Level Monitoring, Zone Management and Creation, Herbicide Resistance and Clubroot and how they affect your farm, Updates about the World Ag Tech Summitt, and more! You won’t want to miss it!

We also want to hear from you! What kind of topics do you want at this event when you attend!

The agenda is not final at this time as we are still confirming and adding speakers.

We are hosting two separate days in two separate locations, so we hope you can make it!

If there is anyone you know, that you think would be interested in attending, please extend the invite to them as well!

Moosomin – March 28th, 2018
Yorkton – March 29th, 2018

 

The Suregrowth team had a memorable and very educational experience at Farm Forum Event 2017 and the Agri-Trend Winter Training. One Farm Forum Attendee had many praise to sing about the event this year. Congratulating us on our speakers as they thought the speakers were “very progressive, forward thinking, and insightful.” He also commented on some of his conversations with “… young farmers in the attendees, [they were] at once taken by their enthusiasm for the new technologies…”

 

Join us at Farm Forum!

The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself!

The Suregrowth Team is very excited to partake in the events at #FarmForumEvent17 this coming month, and we would love to see you there with us! #FFE17 is hosted in Calgary from Dec 5-7th this year, along with a Winter Training for Trimble Ag Software All day Dec 5, complimentary to those who hold a general admission pass to FFE17. This event is one of the best learning events of the year, featuring 6 Keynote speakers and over 70 Breakout sessions for you to choose from! The breakout sessions allow you to get the most out of your experience, customize it to you interests, and make it your own! Please feel free to contact anyone at Suregrowth with any questions or for help with registration!

See you in Calgary!

 

Congratulations to everyone for getting close to or crossing the finish line to being done Harvest 2017! The Sure Growth team would love to hear how your year went! Did you have any successes or shortcomings? Do you have any ideas or plans to optimize for next year? We would love to hear from you! We are continuing to keep busy with Soil Sampling, as once your busy season ends, ours begins!

 

As the crop comes off, the Sure Growth Team has been doing a great job at getting the sample truck out to test our clients soil! Harvest has been moving along quite quickly, and in some areas harvest is completed! A bit of late-season moisture has delayed harvest for some in the area, but there is still lots of time left before the snow comes in. Rob Saik commented in a message to Agri-Trend that “…The yields are coming in considerably better than farmers had originally anticipated and in particular, many of our Agri-Trend yields are coming in really really strong” and that overall we are about “40-50% done harvest and we are ahead of last year.”

Hopefully harvest picks back up after the rains we have been seeing and job well done to those of you who are completed Harvest 2017!