Agronomy Centre

Corn Nitrogen Questions 2022

There are a lot of wheels in motion this year when it comes to nitrogen management in corn.  Here are some of the key questions: Question 1. If I have unlimited nitrogen supply, should I reduce N rates on corn regardless, because of high nitrogen prices? Answer 1: High nitrogen prices alone, are not a…

Avoiding The Big 6 Planting Mistakes

The following are some tips and ideas on how to avoid key corn planting mistakes. If you have other thoughts you would like to add to the discussion, please e-mail me at greg.stewart@maizex.com. Missed the First Planting Window. This is a result of not having the planter prepared for an early planting window. Here are…

Ontario Silage Harvest Alert

Recent silage testing has shown that corn silage maturities are advancing quickly. Tests in Southwestern Ontario averaged 68% moisture this week. That puts us into ideal silage moisture content for harvest as early as next week.    We normally expect corn to drop around 0.5% in moisture a day or around 3% a week. Note…

Maizex Launches NEW Class of Soybean Varieties for Western Canada

Maizex Seeds has announced the launch of four new soybean varieties to be sold in Western Canada exclusively through Maizex Seeds certified dealers. Jarret Geisel (left), Maizex Seeds Territory Manager for Manitoba North & Saskatchewan, and Trent Matchett (right), grower of the Pikas R2X field pictured (August 2021).  “The launch of these four new varieties represent a…

How Kernel Set Relates to Yield

The corn plants are at a very critical time right now in Western Canada. Most tassels have emerged (VT stage), and the pollination/silking process (R1 stage) has started. A corn plant drops pollen from the tassel to pollinate ear silks, and there is one silk for every kernel on a corn ear. A captured pollen…

Wildfire Smoke Affecting Corn Development

This summer has brought several challenges to farmers in western Canada—drought, hail, extreme heat, and wildfire smoke. This isn’t the first time that we have seen wildfire smoke hang in the air for extended periods of time; both 2015 and 2018 were record years for the hours of smoke recorded across Alberta. Unfortunately, 2021 might…