T OP CROP MANAGER CROP MANAGEMENT CROP MANAGEMENT KNOW. GROW. SEPTEMBER 2017 • EASTERN EDITION SOIL AND WATER 5 | Utilizing winter cover crops Cover cropping is gaining traction and garnering interest from a new generation of farmers. By John Dietz 8 | Get in the groundwork Improved soil health, yields and bottom lines can all be accomplished with a simple management change. By Rosalie Tennison 10 | Mining the soil for data Long-term research project to study the impact of cropping system on soil health. By Helen Lammers-Helps 5 8 10 PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA V AN EERD. In late April, considerable cover crop residue remains on the soil surface. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAURA V AN EERD. FROM THE EDITOR 4 SPECIAL SECTION: PLANTING Celebrating our industry’s roots By Brandi Cowen 16 BMPs for variable rate seeding By Madeleine Baerg BUSINESS MANAGEMENT 20 Getting started on succession planning By Carolyn King PLANT BREEDING 12 Boosting oat yields by filling more kernels By Carolyn King 18 Dealing with saturated soil By Madeleine Baerg 26 Navigating family dynamics By Carolyn King ON THE WEB SUCCESSION PLANNING: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Whether you’re at the beginning of the succession planning process, in the midst of transitioning or are about to complete the process, there are different elements to keep in mind. We caught up with Terry Betker, president and chief executive officer of the management consulting firm Backswath Management Inc., for advice at all stages of the process. ON THE COVER: familyfarmsuccession.ca Readers will find numerous references to pesticide and fertility applications, methods, timing and rates in the pages of Top Crop Manager. We encourage growers to check product registration status and consult with provincial recommendations and product labels for complete instructions. TOP CROP MANAGER east | September 2017 3 PHOTO COURTESY OF AARON BERG. FILE PHOTO.