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Artichoke bud Sept 8, 2018 on Instagram

Harvest is in full swing here in southern Alberta. In my garden, I finally saw my first artichoke bud. I don't think there's much season left for it, but it's still nice to see. Enjoy the article below and have a great harvest season.

Does Forest Fire Smoke Affect Potato Bulking?

For the past four years, we've been dealing with smokey days (and weeks) here in southern Alberta. I know the effect of these days on the potato agronomist, but I've been wondering what the effect is on the potato plants.

Corn that finds its own nitrogen

This is a really amazing discovery and gives a glimpse of what the future holds for agriculture and gardening. The article is from The Manitoba Co-operator. Essentially, the corn feeds sugars to free-living bacteria that in turn pull nitrogen from the air and let the corn take it up. Pulse crops aren't the only ones that can make their own nitrogen.

What if we could find cover crops that would do this? Or perhaps companion crops that grow with a cover crop and feed them nitrogen? Click the above link to read the article and let me know what you think by replying to this e-mail (don't worry - it only goes to me, not the entire list).

Winter reading

I'm looking forward to the winter to get back into reading more regularly. I've dug out my old Plant Physiology textbook from university, and I have a new book from the American Society of Agronomy on Precision Ag Math. Also, I've got some new ones on sustainable potato productions systems, the soil food web, and the history of agricultural systems. Over the winter I plan to introduce you to some of these books and some of the interesting things I'm learning from them.

And finally ... it's never to early to start thinking of next year ...

First generation potato grower Sept 17, 2018 on Twitter
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