“The short growing season between frost-free days is definitely a challenge. But where we make up for it is on our northern latitude. We're able to capture a lot more sunlight …”— Jason Casselman, no-tiller, Fairview, Alberta, Canada.
Despite a short growing season, Peace Country in Alberta, Canada, is one of the country’s richest agricultural areas. Located near the Peace River, about 800 miles north of Spokane, Washington, it contains about 1 million acres of farmland and is home to most of Canada’s farmed bison and honeybees.
Jason Casselman has been farming in Peace Country for more than a decade and a half and says that though they have only 100-110 frost-free days in the growing season, the northern latitude means they get abundant sunlight, which helps them succeed with the wheat, canola, barley and other crops customarily grown in the region.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer Influencers & Innovators podcast, Frank Lessiter talks with Casselman to find out how they make no-till work so far north. Listen in as they discuss the benefits of controlled traffic, why he likes using a low-disturbance Cross Slot drill, using grain bags to dry grain in winter instead of during harvest, how he goes about fixing yield-limiting low-pH soils and much more.
P.S. There’s lots more great no-till stories and history in Frank Lessiter’s new book, From Maverick to Mainstream: A History of No-Till Farming. Check it out here.
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