Garth Donald

last updated 1/8/2018

Garth Donald

Manager of Agronomy at Decisive Farming Corp

Location:
334 2nd Street, Irricana, Alberta, Canada
HQ Phone:
(403) 352-3500

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Western Canadian Manager of Agronomy - DynAgraVRT

Sales Manager - DynAgra Corp

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SEED SMARTS: PRACTICAL ADVICE FROM A PRAIRIE AGRONOMIST | Dutch Openers

Garth Donald is one of these adults.
Having grown up on the family farm in Manitoba, his fascination with dirt led him to a full-time career as an agronomist, which he has been doing for close to 20 years now. "I've being playing in dirt my whole life and I absolutely love it - that's why I do what I do," he says. "Not many people can say they love soil and I actually do." Garth is also a co-owner of Decisive Farming, an agronomy company based in Irricana, AB, that specializes in variable rate technology. He currently works with farms ranging in size from 320-30,000 acres, across the three prairie provinces and areas south of the border. Heading into another growing season, Garth has some advice for prairie farmers related to some of the topical issues this year. On-farm safety Many farmers got a late start to seeding this year and when things are behind, it's especially important to remember to make safety a priority, Garth says. Seed Smart - Headshot of Garth Donald "So one of the biggest pieces of advice I have right now is just be cognizant of what you're doing, and be careful. - Garth Donald Many farmers are struggling with high soil moisture levels and wondering what they can do this year to avoid another problem year. There are a couple management practices that can help, Garth says. Farmers that have adopted no-till practices generally have better holding capacity than others, and there are some types of vertical tillage machines that will help dry the soil. Variable rate technology seeding programs has also proven to reduce fusarium levels, he says. "With variable rate seeding you can create a more even flowering period and that was where we started to see that advantage. When the farmer needed to make that spray application of the fungicide, his flowering was the same and we had less tillering, so the main stem and two to three tillers were at the same stage. So we got the most efficacy out of the fungicide." Also, just getting the optimum plant count can make a big difference, Garth says. "The thousand-kernel-weight is more crucial now than how much you're seeding because if it's huge seed, 120 pounds may mean you're only at 20 plants per square foot," he says.

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Stewart Brandt, NARF Research Manager, has been working with Garth Donald, Agronomy Manager with Decisive Farming, to create the prescription for each field, including yield goals and nutrient requirements.

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Stewart Brandt, NARF Research Manager, has been working with Garth Donald, Agronomy Manager with Decisive Farming, to create the prescription for each field, including yield goals and nutrient requirements.

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