Ontario Grain Farmer
The magazine of Grain Farmers of Ontario
DECEMBER 2014
FEATURES
Farming without neonicotinoids
Rachel Telford
Cleaning up
Treena Hein
National sustainability
Rebecca Hannam
Roots not iron
Melanie Epp
A new use for residue
Erin Calhoun
Wetland restoration
Amy Petherick
Commodity outlook
Edith Munro
Technology yields results
Mark Carter
Weight and dimension guidelines
Jeanine Moyer
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
The white mould problem
Owen Roberts
Innovation in agriculture
Erin Calhoun
Media attention
Matt McIntosh, Farm & Food Care
2015 Faces of Farming calendar
Resi Walt, Farm & Food Care
IN EVERY ISSUE
Federal politics
FROM THE CEO'S DESK
Business side: Structure matters
CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS
GFO Newsletter for December 2014
GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO
In the news
NEWS BITES THAT MATTER
Market side: Futures trading basics
LESSON 3: EXCHANGES AND CLEARING HOUSES
Research roundup
FIND OUT WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF RESEARCH
Cropside: Aerial or broadcast?
AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS
Future of grain
HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
WEB SPECIAL
2015 FarmSmart
FOCUS ON SOIL HEALTH AND EMERGING TECHNOLOGY
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THESE STARCHES RESIST digestionJoey SabljicOne way to a healthier population is through its stomach. And for many, that journey starts with starch, an essential carbohydrate that comprises about 75 percent of peoples’ daily caloric food intake. It’s also the reason why Molecular and Cellular Biology Profs. Michael Emes and Ian Tetlow at the University of Guelph are trying to manipulate and modify plant genes and enzymes to produce healthier starches. Ultimately, these starches would
March 2011
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WOODLOT ADVISORY SERVICEPROMOTING efficient and sustainable management of forests is the goal of a new service offered in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Prescott-Russell, Leeds-Grenville and Ottawa regions. Farmers with at least five acres of woodlot in these regions are eligible for a visit from a Woodlot Advisory Service Technician to help sustainably manage and determine the woodlot’s economic potential. Technicians will visit farm woodlots and provide a preliminary evaluation of the site,
March 2011
The carrot and the stick: US conservation programs
By: Edith Munro
THE UNITED STATES has had farm conservation programs since 1935, but it wasn’t until 1985 that conservation began to evolve into the programs’ primary function.  Before 1985, the real issue driving US conservation programs was a two-part effort to get payments to farmers and to remove land from production as a way of limiting output and boosting crop prices.Paying farmers to control soil erosion was an easy case to make following the horrible erosion of the 1930’s Dust Bowl.In a
March 2011
Demystifying social media
By: Martha Jack (username - MDJack)
DO?YOU?TWEET??IF NOT, YOU may be missing out on an entire world of community, education and fun that social networks such as Twitter and Facebook provide.While high-tech communication tools and Ontario agriculture may not seem like an obvious fit, the Ontario agriculture community has adopted these tools to fit their own needs, creating a very active, encouraging and informative community to support and promote farmers and the agriculture industry.what is it?Social Media is a very broad
March 2011
Managing farm debt
By: Treena Hein
SOME FARMERS IN Canada have thoroughly looked into optimizing their management of debt, but many need to take a much closer look. “Farmers need to think about finances more than they have in the past,” says Gwen Paddock, head of agriculture and agribusiness banking at Royal Bank of Canada. “In volatile times, financial management is as important as  production management.” Farmers are excellent business people, notes David Rinneard, national manager, agriculture at BMO Bank of
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