NEWS FLASH – We found cutworms today! When you are out looking at your fields, especially your winter seeded crops, make sure to take a close look under the trash cover. These fellows were found in a Triticale field north of Coaldale, AB.
Cutworms are named for their annoying habit of cutting down seedlings, usually right at or near the soil surface. They vary in color and markings according to species, but a common behavior of cutworms is their tendency to curl into a letter C shape when disturbed. Cutworms generally overwinter as larvae, so they’re ready to feed as soon as temperatures warm and the crops are planted and start emerging. By late spring, the caterpillars have tunneled into the soil to pupate. Adult moths emerge in summer, when they mate and lay eggs. A singe female may lay hundreds of eggs, often on weeds in the crop. The new generation of larvae feed until temperatures drop low enough to send them into hibernation for winter.
Please, check your fields! If you are not sure what you are looking for, the team here at McRae Holdings would be happy to check things out for you.
From Amanda Archibald, Agronomist with McRae Holdings.
April 10th, 2012 we had a come and go Open House at our Stettler facility. We were showcasing your new nutrient shed and our products. We also had on offer our special Garden Blend. There was quite a bit of interest in our Garden Blend from both agriculture and local residential people. All around we had a very successful day, and it was really nice to see everyone there!
Gypsum is a product that contains 21% calcium and 17.5% sulfur, and has many benefits your soil. Gypsum interacts with water to reduce crusting. It loosens clay and compacted soil, improving the structure, aggregation and permeability which will allows for easier penetration of surface applied fertilizers. Gypsum increases soil calcium levels without affecting its pH. If your soil is high in sodium (or any other cation such as magnesium), it binds to the sulfur molecule in the gypsum. Since sulfur is mobile in the soil, it moves away from the root zone resulting in plant available calcium. This product also helps make phosphorous more plant available by attaching to the aluminum in the soil which frees up the phosphorous resulting in increased yields.
From Amanda Homans, Agronomist with McRae Holdings