Soil & Tissue Testing
Soil and tissue testing are the basis for developing a balanced approach to crop nutrition. Today it is more important than ever to have a balanced crop nutrition plan. Soil sampling and testing is the starting point for any general fertility program and is one of the most cost effective tools to make informed decisions on crop nutrition. For those customers wanting to manage crop nutrition at a higher level, we also offer tissue sampling and testing to monitor and adjust plant nutrition on the go after emergence, once yield potential can be better established. Our trained agronomists will use precise sampling techniques so you can be assured you are getting the most accurate information and the best fertilizer recommendation.
Paterson Grain offers a broad range of application services from product delivery to equipment rentals of spreaders and ammonia wagons to custom application of dry and liquid fertilizer and high clearance custom application. If Paterson Grain does not have the services directly, we will be happy to contract these services through any of our service partners.
Our Mission: help our customers increase profits through reliable agronomy and planning.
At Paterson we view nutrition in a holistic sense: soil chemistry is the foundation, the health of the plant is the result but your farm’s success is our ultimate measure. With every fertilizer discussion we aim to understand the soil you’re working with and how you operate your farm so that we can be confident we’re making the best possible recommendation for your business.
- Planned Agronomics:
Optimal nutrition goes beyond quantity: availability, interactions between elements and ratios of nutrients are all factors that affect uptake and utilization of nutrients in the plant. Soil testing is the base for developing a plan and tissue testing is the measure of a nutrition plan’s effectiveness. The Paterson approach to nutrition is a year round and continuous process where the agronomist is a long term member of your team.
- Strategic Procurement:
Starting from your customized nutrition plan and drawing on the profit maximizing and risk management principles of the Paterson Planning Advantage to build your nutrient acquisition plan. With agronomic and operational needs in mind we consider your inventory movement, cash flow and credit requirements then work with you to navigate markets and execute the plan that best suits your farm’s business goals.
- Operational Excellence:
Paterson employees are passionate about agriculture and dedicated to your business, when its application time and your operations are at full speed we do what it takes to keep you running. Paterson Grain is a logistics and service focused organization; our investment in the supply chain is our commitment to solid execution.
We are committed to supporting the advance of agriculture by seeking out the products that represent the next frontier in production. Some of our newest focus areas are:
A homogeneous granular phosphate and sulphur product that combines the benefits of more feeding sites, lower PH products and balanced phosphate / sulphur ratios at an attractive price point. The analysis of MAP-S is 12-40-0-10 with 50% of sulphur in elemental form.
- AMIDAS:A homogeneous granular urea – ammonium sulphate product from Yara that combines the benefits of more feeding sites, and optimal nitrogen / sulphur ratios specially formulated for improved handling and on-farm storage. The analysis of Amidas is 40-0-0-5 with all sulphur in sulphate form.
- ESN:A polymer coated urea for controlled release nitrogen that combines the agronomic benefits of season long availability with the operational benefits of application flexibility and superior handling.
- Micronutrients:The law of the minimum states that the lowest factor will limit results before optimization all other factors. Many forms of micronutrients shortfalls must be addressed before additional application of macro nutrients. The amount of water a barrel can hold is set by the shortest stave, the same holds true with plant nutrition: there are many elements aside from N-P-K necessary for plant development. Properly managing micronutrients is essential to optimizing plant health and yield.
- Seed Nutrition:Planting into cold wet soils and delayed harvesting are common concerns, seed placed nutrition supports early seedling growth and establishment resulting in quicker and more even emergence with greater root mass contributing to improved hardiness and earlier maturity.
- Foliar Nutrition:Length of growing season in the prairies is a major limiting factor and making the most of each growing day pays dividends in both yield and maturity. Foliar nutrition provides plants with quickly accessible ‘boosts’ during key growth periods (ex: vegetative/reproductive) or times of stress (ex: wet or dry conditions) to encourage the pace of development to support yield quality.