Market Side

Market side: Futures trading basics

LESSON 25: TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

This monthly educational series features the basic workings of the futures and options markets and how they can be utilized to help farmers with risk management. FLAGS AND PENNANTS Flags and pennants are among the [Read more]

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The utilization of Ontario grain

UNDERSTANDING DOMESTIC AND GLOBAL MARKETS

THE MAIN OBJECTIVES of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Market Development department are to create new markets and expand existing markets for Ontario grains. To better achieve these goals, a market utilization study was conducted in [Read more]

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Soyagen

RESEARCH IMPROVING YIELD AND DISEASE RESISTANCE

SOYBEANS ARE A rapidly growing, multipurpose crop whose seeds are an extremely valuable source of both protein and oil. From an environmental point of view, the soybean is highly attractive to some growers because it [Read more]

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Mitigating mycotoxins

EARLY DETECTION

MYCOTOXINS are toxic chemicals produced by fungi that infect crops. Some of the mycotoxins most commonly found in grain include Aflatoxin, Deoxynivalenol (DON), and Ochratoxin. They have a significant negative economic impact on the Ontario [Read more]

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Understanding precision agriculture

A PERFECT PRESCRIPTION FOR EVERY ACRE

DOES THAT ONE “perfect” seed and nutrient prescription exist for every acre on a grower’s field? And could it be just a matter of dialing in that formula and letting the equipment do the legwork?  [Read more]

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A regional approach

RESEARCH TO UNDERSTAND ONTARIO SOYBEAN DISEASES

ONTARIO SOYBEAN GROWERS have a pretty good handle on soybean diseases — the biggest threats, diseases to watch for and field management practices. New research, assessing the distribution and pressure of soybean diseases in the [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: On-farm fire prevention

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE ONTARIO FARMERS TO MANAGE THE RISK OF FIRE? (J.Z.) There are four main contributors or (causes) to on-farm fires — faulty electrical/mechanical equipment, heating equipment, misuse of ignition sources, [Read more]

Features

Developing local barley

NEW HIGH QUALITY, HIGH YIELDING BREEDING PROGRAM

MOST PEOPLE DRIVEN to buy local food and beverages have clear expectations. They figure the ingredients in the products they’re purchasing will be grown or raised within a certain distance of their homes — say, [Read more]

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Bacteria control of disease

CANADIAN SCIENTISTS AT THE FOREFRONT

SEVERAL TYPES OF bacteria are the focus of ground-breaking new Fusarium research here in Ontario. Professor Manish Raizada of the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph, with colleagues Dr. Victor Limay-Rios and [Read more]