Avoiding Field Crop Disasters

Saturday, January 25, 2020
10:30 am to 11:45 am

Photo - Actually achieving sub inch accuracy for row cultivating

Workshop Description

Has a wet spring meant “early weed control” has given way to “how can we salvage this mess” or perhaps “should we even try to salvage this mess?”

Is the soybean crop ready to harvest but the weeds are green and lush and ready to foul up quality and plug the combine?

Maybe you’ve supplied all the N you know corn needs but yields just seem to come in 30bu/ac low consistently. Speaking of which, how come my 2600CHU corn seems to need 2800CHU and comes off at 32% moisture?”

And if I did grow more wheat would it really help with some of this stuff? Can I expect yields that’ll make it a viable part of the rotation financially?

Farmers can go into organic and not remain there for long term production but end up leaving in frustration. Producers can struggle with weed control and with meeting the quality requirements of the major purchasers in the market (clean beans, high test weight corn, dry corn).

I think it’s valuable to put up a picture of a 31bu/acre corn field (a total failure) and own what a mess it is and unpack what has been learned about the failure through step by step analysis of it…..  “it happens”…. but then let’s discuss practical methods of improving yields and consistency.

Pic01_Seed depth and population to match weed control 1080 sq

Seed depth and population to match weed control.

Pic04_Effective high residue rotary hoeing 1080 sq

Effective high residue rotary hoeing.

Pic05_Using digestate and manure to encourage crops not weeds 1080 sq

Using digestate and manure to encourage crops not weeds.

Pic02_Stone management in organic rotations 1080 sq

Stone management in organic rotations.

Photo at top – Actually achieving sub-inch accuracy for row cultivating.

Speaker: Greg Dineen

2019 is Greg’s fourth year with certified land and his sixth year farming at APS Dineen Farms in Kenilworth, Ontario. He works 340 acres and his crops include corn, soybeans, spring wheat, winter wheat, winter rye (hybrid and common), and spelt.

For a relative beginner, Greg has a relatively larged size operation which has meant a lot of big failures to go with the big successes. Join Greg to hear how he has combined his large number of learning experiences with the meticulous post-mess analysis of his engineering background in this workshop.

Headshot of speaker Greg Dineen