Production

Pelee Island Farming

FACING CHALLENGES

GRANT CRAWFORD SAYS he can relate to the September 2017 Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine article about the challenges grower Jason Pyke faces farming on an Island compared to mainland farmers. In fact, he believes farming [Read more]

Features

Wallenstein Feed & Supply

GROWING A FAMILY BUSINESS

THEY ARE A family that does not boast about their accomplishments and a short chat with them makes it clear they are humble. For the Martin family, owners of Wallenstein Feed & Supply (WFS), customers [Read more]

Cropside

Cropside: Rolling soybeans

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

FIELD ROLLING WITH a smooth land roller just after seeding is common in parts of Ontario. Rolling helps level the soil and pushes small rocks into the ground. Small yield gains are possible due to [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Retaining farm employees

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) MANY FARMERS ARE ALSO EMPLOYERS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF HIRING FARM WORKERS? (H.W.) Farming is unique in many ways. Typically, farmers don’t get involved in farming to become farm employers or [Read more]

GFO newsletter

GFO Newsletter for October 2017

GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO

PROPOSED TAX CHANGES IMPEDE GROWTH Grain Farmers of Ontario is raising farmers’ concerns about the proposed tax changes to private corporations. While the government’s concerns appear to be focused on professional corporations, the proposed legislation [Read more]

Features

Gluten-free oats

BIG DEMAND AND PREMIUM PRICES

A NEW POTENTIALLY profitable gluten-free oat industry in Northern Ontario could be a reality soon. “All the crops we’re looking at growing will go into high quality, gluten-free, allergen-free foods,” says Jamie Draves, president and [Read more]

Features

Belt and Road Initiative

CHINA`S DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

CHINA`S BELT AND Road Initiative is a development strategy with a focus on connecting Eurasian countries through a land-based road as well as a maritime route. The ‘belt’ is the Silk Road Economic Belt and [Read more]

Also in this issue

New nutrient management association

ONTARIO PROFESSIONAL AGRI-CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION

ON SEPTEMBER 13, the Ontario Professional Agri Contractors Association (OPACA) held its first AGM. It is hoped that the existence of the OPACA will herald in a new era where custom farming businesses will have [Read more]

Also in this issue

Sustainable solutions

COVER CROPPING

GOING BACK TO the 1900s, cover cropping was a management practice that was widely used in agriculture. It provided a primary means for weed control and was a way to introduce nitrogen into the cropping [Read more]