How to Deal with Cold Soils and Maximize Early Season Crop Vigour

Written on 04/06/18

What are the temperatures of Western Canadian soils compared to last year?  

Simple answer - COLDER. 

Until recently, this year's snow cover has been limited across the prairies.  The lack of snowfall has caused the soils to be colder than normal, since the frost has penetrated deep within the soil profile. The recent March snowfall across the prairies has compounded the issue, due to the snow cover preventing the soils from warming quickly.  

Source: EOSDIS Worldview Website www.worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov (Via Twitter: @Robsobs)

The satellite imagery above shows the comparison of Western Canada snow cover on April 3, 2018 (top) vs. April 5th, 2017 (bottom). As you can see from the imagery, there is significantly more snow cover this spring versus last year, increasing the need to utilize a seed nutrition dressing to get your crop off to a great start.

Seed nutrition improves plant health to overcome the environmental stress of the spring season in three key ways:

  1. Increases early season vigour
  2. Cold starts the crop
  3. Increases root surface area

Watch the video below to learn how a seed nutrient dressing can overcome the challenge of cold spring soils and increase the vigour of your crop.

Do you want to learn more about cold starting your crop with PreCede? Contact your local rep today!