Seeding systems and cropping trends in Saskatchewan results of a PFRA survey, 1997-2002
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From 1997 to 2002, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) PFRA Branch conducted a survey of over 4000 annually cropped fields in Saskatchewan. Each year the same fields were visited shortly after crop emergence to collect information on crop type, row spacing, opener type, packing system, amount of previous crop residue, orientation of previous crop stubble, and adoption of low soil disturbance seeding. Key results are the increasing trend toward lower soil disturbance seeding, and the high incidence of pulse crops associated with low disturbance seeding. In depth analysis of trends on individual fields suggest that very few producers are able to maintain low disturbance seeding every year on the same field. This suggests that some flexibility is required to allow for periodic soil disturbance to address issues such as perennial weeds.
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