Category: Agronomy Tips

April 30, 2018
Pea Leef Weevil

The Pea Leaf Weevil is steadily moving North through Alberta. They overwinter in shelterbelts, ditches, and perennial legumes. When temperatures reach above 17°C they begin to migrate, flying from field to field. Source: Alberta Agriculture The larvae feed on nodules, impeding Nitrogen fixation. The adult Weevils will chew directly on pea, faba, and/or soybean leaves. […]

April 18, 2018
HeadStart Seed Treatment

Thinking of seed treating or applying a nutrient seed dressing this spring? If so, Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers has a broad range of products to offer plus an on-farm custom treating service called HeadStart. Talk with one of our agronomists to find out more. Our new Storm Pro treater provides accurate and speedy application as your […]

August 6, 2014
Preharvest Spraying

Preharvest spraying is done either for perennial weed control or to desiccate the crop prior to harvest. Glyphosate products are primarily used for perennial weed control and the timing of the application is very important. Some excellent tips on the spray timing of glyphosate products can be found at: . Preharvest glyphosate application may […]

August 1, 2013
Bertha Armyworm

SVF is a part Albert Insect Pest Monitoring network which monitor the threshold of the bertha armyworms. We have traps set up by Legal and by St. Albert. Bertha Armyworms are most commonly found in canola fields. They start as a pupa in the top 5-16 cm of the soil. Pupae are pod like structure […]

June 21, 2013
Disease Scouting

Disease Host Crop Scouting Control   Blackleg Canola Pepper-like spots on canola leaves, stems and pods. Premature ripening (dying) plants Unlike sclerotinia, there are no black ‘sclerotia’ bodies. Use disease free seed, and resistant varieties. Working infected stubble (incorporating) will help. Seed canola every fourth year.   Blackspot Canola Small, round, black spots on the […]

June 1, 2013
What is plant disease?

Plant disease is becoming a common issue because of short crop rotations and high yielding crops. Plants just like animals can get bacterial, viral and fungal diseases.  Disease can happen in the leaf, stem, or even the root.  Disease starts in the weakest or the most exposed part of the plant. When plants are infected, […]

April 17, 2013
Water Conditioner for your spray solution – Do you really need it?

Sturgeon Valley Fertilizers (SVF) has for several years now have been using a water conditioner from NutriAg called BB5 when spraying glyphosate (Roundup, etc.) through its custom application equipment. Water used for spraying is City of Edmonton treated drinking water – this is good drinking water but has some characteristics that can affect herbicide effectiveness. […]

August 1, 2012
Soil Sample

We endeavor to fully understand soil nutrition and how it feeds the crop. Once the soil is understood, we can think about how to best accommodate the crop’s needs. From the soil, crops need consistent nutrients, water and oxygen.  Nutrients vary depending on what materials the soil is formed on, fertility additions and tillage practices. […]

Diamond Back Moth

Diamond back moths are grayish in color with light diamond marks on their wings (about  ½’’ in length). Their eggs are round and yellowish white. When the conditions are right, the moths travel with the wind in early May or early summer. The larvae are light green and live on the underside of the leaves. […]


Background Although dandelions are for the most part considered a weed, they have many interesting, unique and valuable characteristics. Dandelions are grown commercially for several uses, including leaf legumes, insect repellent, coffee replacement (roasted/ground roots), and various medicinal purposes. The leaves are very high in vitamin A and C, and contain more iron than spinach. […]