Archive for March, 2013

Glyphosate Management – Part 1 of 3

Sunday, March 31st, 2013 by marissa.gardin — Filed under agronomy

Last week Matt Gosling went to Monsanto Canada headquarters in Winnipeg, The following 3 part series is a summation of glyphosate management in the prairies. 


Last week 13 agronomists, including myself, took in 2 days in Winnipeg with Monsanto to learn more about their company and their products.  I can’t remember ever knowing a day where Monsanto wasn’t put in some sort of ‘bad-guy’ spot-light from collecting TUA’s 14 years ago as a summer crop-scout, and even today with glyphosate resistance being common conversation in our Alberta backyards.  Historically, glyphosate has been one of the more significant tools producers have had for weed control and harvest management.  Easy to use, cheaper over time, and it worked.  Heck, even cowboys started growing canola up here & no offense, I was one of them!

With the ease of growing Round-Up Ready crops fueled by hot commodity prices and cheap glyphosate, resistance has shown up in kochia the last 2 years in Alberta.  The good news is, that of the almost 30 sites in Alberta and SW Saskatchewan, most, if not all were all on chem-fallow.  As Ieuan Evans told me once, “80-90% of weed control is based on competitive crops”.  Fallow acres in the province are shrinking with these grain prices and moisture conditions, so this is a good step.  Some quick facts about weed resistance – 98-99% of the Wild Oats are controlled by Group 1&2 products… 96% on pulses; 17 genus and 24 species world wide are glyphosate resistance; there’s 58 weeds resistant to herbicide in Canada as of 2012; 40-60% of Wild Oats are Group 1 resistant; and 85-95% of Kochia has some sort of Group 2 resistance. Part of those last facts I gathered from BASF during their grower meeting in Strathmore.


Stay posted for parts 2 and 3.

Matt Gosling talks top dressing nitrogen

Monday, March 25th, 2013 by marissa.gardin — Filed under agronomy

To cold and wet outside to do any farming? Educate yourself and plan for spring!

Premium Ag partner, Matt Gosling, was interviewed last summer for ‘Wheat School.’  Below is the resulting video.

The YouTube Video can be viewed HERE.

Best Regards from the Premium Ag Team.

Premium Ag Spring Meeting in the News

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by marissa.gardin — Filed under agronomy, Behind the scenes, Community Events
Strathmore Standard Article, March 21 2013. Feautres Premium Ag's annual client spring meeting and highlights our keynote speaker, Jerry Stoller.

Strathmore Standard Article, March 21 2013. Feautres Premium Ag’s annual client spring meeting and highlights our keynote speaker, Jerry Stoller.

The current edition of the Strathmore Standard features a whole page article about Premium Ag’s Spring Meeting.

The article focus’s on our keynote speaker, Jerry Stoller, explaining how enlightening his presentation was. Stoller spent most of his speach presenting analogies between plants and members of a family.

The entire article can be found HERE

Matthew Gosling, Partner of Premium Ag, was the one who brought Jerry up from Texas to speak at the annual client meeting.

Website Construction

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by marissa.gardin — Filed under Behind the scenes

Premium Ag’s website we be undergoing a series of updates and revisions. Please be patient with any issued which might occur.

Updates expected to be completed by early April, 2013.

Expect a much more current and useful Premium Ag site.The updates will allow you to hear the latest news, reasearch and Agricultural updates, as well as find out what services Premium Ag currently provides and the team behind the company.


Your patience is appreciated.

Marissa Gosling