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Thinking of Calcium Beyond the Plant

Posted on: Sep 25, 2020

It’s time to give Calcium the credit it deserves! When we talk about most nutrients, we tend to narrowly focus on how the plant utilizes these vital minerals to enhance growth and yield. While Calcium (Ca2+) is essential to plant growth and development, it plays an equally important role when it comes to soil composition, […]

 
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Frost Considerations in Young Crops [2 min watch]

Posted on: May 22, 2020

Mike Dolinski, Director of Science & Innovation shares with us how to tell if the growing point has been affected and other key points to consider if you see frost on your crops. Have questions? Ask one of the team!

 
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THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF MOLYBDENUM

Posted on: Apr 30, 2020

For a “Minor” Element Molybdenum Has Big Impact For All Crops To make sure the health of your plants and your yields are maximized in 2020, let’s do a quick refresher on molybdenum (Mo or abbreviated as “Moly”). In a plant, Mo’s role is to transform nitrogen to amino acids.  In legumes it enables nitrogen […]

 
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GROWTH STAGING CANOLA

Posted on: Apr 29, 2020

Join Mike Dolinski as he delves into the world of canola and staging using his microscopic pictures as a learning tool. Topics covered: Nutrient considerations and damage Roots Staging: Germination, vegetative growth, pollination, reproduction Club root- infection/ photos/ where to now Have questions? Connect with one of our reps.

 
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PEAS: GETTING TO KNOW US

Posted on: Apr 23, 2020

Continuing on in our crop staging series Mike Dolinski and Adam Smith will join forces to bring you a new webinar with never before seen microscopic imagery of pea growth. Guaranteed not to be the same old agronomic info you’ve seen before. Mike and Adam focus in detail on seed nutrient quality, germination and seedling […]

 
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8 Achievable Agronomic Goals for 2019

Posted on: Jan 8, 2019

With the New Year upon us, we are all starting with a fresh slate. As is common at this juncture, many of us are asking what we could do differently this year. The team at Taurus would like to share 8 Achievable Agronomic Goals for 2019. We hope they contribute to your prosperity – and […]

 
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Four Reasons Why Fall Soil Sampling Makes Sense.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2018

For today’s business-minded growers, it is not a question of “if” you should be conducting soil sampling. Soil sampling provides the accurate data and field-specific insights necessary to guide your fertility decisions and management practices. A balanced fertility plan is essential to maximizing production. Over or under application of any specific nutrient can result in […]

 
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What you need to know about pre-season soil sampling

Posted on: Apr 18, 2018

With Canadian growers spending over $4 Billion annually on fertilizer, pre-season soil sampling ensures decisions around nutrient investments are based on the best information available, rather than guesswork.  Today’s soil tests go far beyond measuring nutrients and can provide insights on soil health – which can help you develop a comprehensive input and management strategy. […]

 
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Agricultural nutrient profile: micronutrients-part 3

Posted on: Mar 14, 2018

Micronutrient deficiency and yield: law of the minimum Growers can go to great lengths to ensure their plants have ample supplies of available macronutrients (NPK) – yet see their efforts undermined if they have a micronutrient deficiency. That is because the relationship between micronutrient deficiency and yield is just as important as that between macronutrients […]

 
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Agricultural nutrient profile: micronutrients-part 2

Posted on: Mar 8, 2018

Key micronutrient challenges While they are required in much lower quantities than macronutrients, micronutrients are every bit as important to the successful development of crops. We have chosen to focus on zinc, boron, copper and manganese because they are potentially the four biggest micronutrient challenges growers deal with. Below, we will look at the role […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Micronutrients-Part 1

Posted on: Feb 28, 2018

An introduction to micronutrients in crop production While much of the focus around fertilizer programs involves macronutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) and secondary nutrients (calcium, magnesium, and sulphur) – one cannot underestimate the importance of micronutrients in crop production. There are several micronutrients that are essential for proper crop development. These are: Boron (B): Plays […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K)-Part 3

Posted on: Feb 14, 2018

How other nutrients affect potassium uptake in plants Because of its essential role in plant health, it is important to have optimum levels of potassium in the soil – and that its uptake is not impeded. But did you know that an imbalance of certain soil nutrients can hinder potassium uptake in plants? A balancing […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K)-Part 2

Posted on: Feb 7, 2018

Potassium availability in the soil How do you determine potassium availability in the soil, and what factors can impact the uptake of K in crop production? It begins by understanding that potassium exists in the soil in one of three forms: unavailable, readily available and slowly available to plants. Unavailable potassium The vast majority of […]

 
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Agricultural Nutrient Profile: Potassium (K)-Part 1

Posted on: Jan 31, 2018

The role of potassium in crop production You know K is one of the essential macronutrients required for successful plant growth: but do you know the role of potassium in crop production? Make that roles, because potassium is responsible for many key plant functions. How K affects overall plant health and crop quality. Next to […]

 
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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS-PART 3

Posted on: Jan 18, 2018

Six strategies for building phosphorus levels in the soil In our series on Phosphorus, we’ve gained a few crucial insights about this vital nutrient: P is essential to plant health, growth and yield. It plays a central role in photosynthesis, energy, protein synthesis and more. Phosphorus has very limited mobility in the soil. Plant availability […]

 
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2018 Agronomic Resolutions

Posted on: Jan 3, 2018

10 AGRONOMIC RESOLUTIONS FOR THE NEW YEAR We’ve just turned the calendar on another year. We hope 2017 was good to you, and your farming operation. But what if we told you 2018 could be even better? The team at Taurus would like to share Ten Agronomic Resolutions you can make for the New Year. […]

 
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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS-PART 2

Posted on: Dec 20, 2017

Understanding crop available phosphorus The behavior of Phosphorus (P) in the soil has long puzzled scientists. Curiously, Phosphorus is not particularly mobile. In western Canadian soils, there is generally an extremely low probability of leaching.[1] This poses a challenge, since this key nutrient must be absorbed through the plant’s root system. Before we get into […]

 
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AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT PROFILE: PHOSPHORUS-PART 1

Posted on: Dec 13, 2017

The importance of phosphorus to crops Phosphorus (P) takes its rightful place alongside Nitrogen and Potassium among the three primary macronutrients essential to successful plant growth. Without Phosphorus, photosynthesis could not occur. Phosphorus plays a key role in complex energy transformations that are necessary to all life, as a main ingredient in ATP (adenosine triphosphate). […]

 
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Measuring Soil Health Beyond Nutrients – Part 2

Posted on: Aug 30, 2017

Soil testing to differentiate between beneficial and low impact microbes. In our previous post, Measuring Soil Health Beyond Nutrients – Part 1, we introduced a new and more comprehensive Soil Health Test Report created by A&L Canada Laboratories. In addition to analytics around nutrient levels, this new test measures microbe levels in the soil. More […]

 
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MEASURING SOIL HEALTH BEYOND NUTRIENTS – Part 1

Posted on: Aug 23, 2017

New Soil Health Test from A&L Canada Laboratories Factors In Beneficial Micro-organisms. As growers, when we hear the terms “bacteria” and “microorganism”, our tendency is to think the worst – and shudder at the prospect of soil borne diseases that can attack a plant or threaten a crop. However, just as there are good bacteria […]

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