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  • The Process of Germination

    Germination is the process by which a seed begins to grow and develop into a new plant. It involves the activation of the dormant seed and the emergence of the seedling from the seed coat. The germination process can be divided into several stages: 1. Imbibition: 2. Activation of Metabolic Processes: 3. Resumption of Cellular […]

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  • Copper’s role in plant growth and development

    Copper (Cu) is an essential micronutrient for plants, playing a vital role in various physiological processes, growth, and development. Although plants require copper in small amounts, it is indispensable for several critical functions within plants. Copper serves as a cofactor for various enzymes involved in critical metabolic processes. Here’s a detailed overview of the roles […]

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  • Manganese’s role in plant growth and development

    Manganese (Mn) is an essential micronutrient for plants, meaning it’s required in smaller quantities but is crucial for various physiological processes, growth, and development. Manganese is a cofactor for several enzymes and plays a vital role in various biochemical and physiological processes within plants. It influences plant health, growth, and overall functionality. Here’s a detailed […]

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  • Lignify it, and it won’t fall

    When the gravity pulling your crop down to the ground is stronger than the counter forces keeping it standing, lodging will occur. Crop lodging causes serious losses of yield and quality in many crops grown in Western Canada, especially cereals. Assessing the root cause of lodging and taking measures to help prevent it are key […]

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  • Strengthening Plants Right From The Start

    Have you ever had a field full of leggy seedlings that looked tall and skinny with bent stems and wondered what the cause was? Wonder no more! In this blog post we are examining the causes of leggy seedlings and solutions for preventing this in the field. Environmental causes of leggy, skinny seedlings If newly […]

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  • Soil Testing: What Should You Look For?

    In the pursuit of better and bigger crops, farming is becoming more technologically advanced and capital intensive. The need to find ways to save money, while continuing to reach for those high yield goals, is more important than ever for Canadian producers. If this sounds like a conundrum that you’re facing, soil testing might be […]

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  • Celebrating the International Year of Plant Health

    The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). This global declaration, which follows International Year of Soil in 2015, is meant to raise awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment and boost the economy of many countries around the world. […]

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  • Getting to the Root of the Problem

    Photo credit: Chatterton et al., 2017 Root rot and clubroot are two serious diseases which can, at best, cause yield losses and, at worst, cause premature plant death. While clubroot is a disease solely affecting brassica crops, such as canola, root rot can take hold in cereals, pulses, canola and other field crops when conditions […]

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