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Understanding precision agriculture

EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIELD

PAST ARTICLES IN our Understanding Precision Agriculture series have focused on the main pieces — data collection, management zone creation, and prescription mapping — that form the foundation of a successful precision ag approach. [Read more]

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Citizen scientists

IMPORTANT PARTNERS IN TRACKING WEATHER

AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD Canada (AAFC) uses data from multiple sources to interpret and produce all kinds of agroclimate maps and information detailing things such as weather conditions and the impacts of climate on agriculture. Naturally, the more data that’s available, the clearer the picture becomes, so AAFC uses weather stations, satellites, and people on the ground to help collect this data. [Read more]

Cropside

Cropside: Perennial sow-thistle

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

WITH LATERAL ROOTS that go as deep as two metres and seed production approaching 10,000 per plant, perennial sow-thistle is extremely difficult to eradicate. To minimize its impact, management that reduces top growth will lower [Read more]

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Crown rust in oats

MITIGATING CROP LOSS

UNDER THE RIGHT (or wrong) conditions, crown rust can be a real problem for oat growers. While most varieties carry some resistance, Albert Tenuta, plant pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) warns that races do change over time, affecting variety performance. The disease can cause substantial loss with 50 per cent or more of the crop being affected. Good management, though, can help growers avoid losses entirely. [Read more]

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Emerging corn diseases

CONCERNS SOUTH OF THE BORDER

PLANT PATHOLOGISTS AT Iowa State University Extension are red-flagging three newly emerging corn diseases and asking farmers to submit possible samples during the coming crop season. [Read more]

GFO newsletter

GFO Newsletter for March 2017

GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO

COME SEE US AT A FARM SHOW NEAR YOU! London Western Fair farm show March 8 – 10 http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/london-farm-show in the Grain Farmers of Ontario pavillion booth #727V. Ottawa Valley Farm show March 14-16 http://ottawafarmshow.com/ [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Insuring the business

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) INSURANCE IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND PROTECTING THE FARM BUSINESS. WHAT ARE SOME TYPES OF BUSINESS RELATED INSURANCE COVERAGE FARMERS SHOULD CONSIDER IN ADDITION TO TRADITIONAL FARM POLICIES? (L.N.) Farmers need [Read more]

Features

Midwestern crop threat

INCREASING RESISTANCE

RESISTANCE ISSUES, AND especially herbicide resistance, were a dominant concern for growers and Iowa State extension agronomists at this winter’s series of Crop Advantage workshops. [Read more]

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Managing resistance

NEW WEED CONTROL OPTIONS

THE INCREASE IN herbicide-resistant weeds and the need for weed control is an ongoing challenge for both farmers and crop protection companies, driving the development of new products to decrease weed presence. [Read more]

Features

Go slower, spray more

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

IN AN EFFORT to get more done in a day, and to ensure sprays are applied during an ever-shrinking window of opportunity, sprayer operators may be tempted to drive faster. Certainly, sprayer manufacturers have supported this strategy by making self-propelled sprayers capable of high speeds. However, just because you can drive 25 mph doesn’t mean you should. [Read more]