Advocacy

CETA

ONTARIO GRAIN EXPORTS TO EUROPE SET TO INCREASE

AFTER A SEVEN-year negotiation process and several last-minute setbacks, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and Europe was finally signed on October 30. Once ratified and implemented, the agreement will give Ontario [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Value added

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

Ontario grain farmers grow millions of tonnes of grain. Value added at the farm level isn’t the answer to marketing all of our production, but it could be an option for those looking for new [Read more]

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Understanding precision agriculture

STARTING TO MAP YIELD AND ELEVATION DATA

EVERY SINGLE FIELD has its own story to tell. And this story can be about the highly productive, organic matter-rich areas that supply high yields — and the droughty knolls that perform poorly every season. [Read more]

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Knowledge transfer

CREATING A RESEARCH DATABASE EVERY YEAR, GRAIN Farmers of Ontario invests nearly $2 million in research. This investment is targeted towards four priority areas — agronomy and production, weeds, diseases, and insect pests, breeding and [Read more]

Cropside

Cropside: Corn hybrid selection

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

ONTARIO CORN YIELDS have increased approximately 2.3 bushels per acre per year over the past 30 years. As yields increase over time, staying current with new and competitive yielding hybrids is among the most important [Read more]

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Soil technology

IDENTIFYING MICROBES WITH DNA BARCODING AT CANADA’S OUTDOOR Farm Show, one can’t help but notice machinery getting bigger each year. But when it comes to new technology in the agriculture industry, the biggest developments are [Read more]

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Regulatory changes and impacts

ONTARIO'S NEONICOTINOID RESTRICTIONS

IN SEPTEMBER, A private members bill to change parts of the Pesticides Act (ON Reg. 63/09) was tabled by Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson (Huron-Bruce) in the Ontario legislature. Bill 4, known as the Supporting Agricultural [Read more]

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Managing residue for best results

THE ART OF TILLAGE STRONGER, TOUGHER HYBRIDS don’t only mean more productive, higher-yielding crops — they also mean an increase in residue left post-harvest that growers need to manage. PHOTO: FARMERS PARTICIPATE IN A RESIDUE [Read more]

Features

Advancing seed technology

SYNGENTA CANADA'S SEEDCARE INSTITUTE

“A CANADIAN MADE solution” was the theme of Syngenta Canada Inc.’s Seedcare Institute grand opening at the Honeywood research facility in Plattsville, Ontario in mid-September. This opening marks the first Canadian Seedcare Institute that joins [Read more]

Features

The “future” of glyphosate

POTENTIAL RESTRICTION AFFECTS EU FARMERS

AS OF AUGUST 22, 2016, new restrictions around the use of glyphosate came into force in the European Union (EU). The restrictions came on the tail of two months worth of failed talks where a [Read more]