Ontario Grain Farmer
The magazine of Grain Farmers of Ontario
APRIL/MAY 2017
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Sustainability goals
Michael Buttenham
Call before you cut
Lois Harris
Hunting on farmland
Treena Hein
A modern renewable fuel standard
Rachel Telford
Grains in Action
Maegan MacKimmie
How do you know what works - and what doesn't
Joey Sabljic
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Preventing vomitoxin
Erin Calhoun
Celebrating plant science
Amy Petherick
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Market side: Futures trading basics
LESSON 27: TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
Cropside: Spring cereals planning
AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS
WEB SPECIAL
Reducing the impact of high DON levels
PROPER STORAGE KEY
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April/May 2016
Wide open
By: Christina Franc
GROWERS IN ONTARIO are moving towards wider row spacing for soybeans in an effort to save time and money. Wider row spacing is becoming a viable option in Ontario for a couple of reasons: it helps decrease the spread of white mould, and it saves money on the cost of seed — as much as $30/acre according to Horst Bohner, soybean specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. As well, opting for a row-unit planter rather than a drill to seed these wider
April/May 2016
Research roundup
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NAME YOUR NEMESISWHICH weed makes you see red? What pesky plant can you not get rid of or is spreading faster than you can say rainfastness? A weed technician team from the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus wants your help in naming Ontario’s worst weeds for 2016. David Bilyea, along with colleagues Kris McNaughton and Christie Shropshire, have launched a short survey for farmers to name their picks for the worst weeds. Choosing from about 40 species, farmers are asked to name
April/May 2016
A plan for resistant fleabane
By: Melanie Epp
GLYPHOSATE-RESISTANT CANADA FLEABANE first appeared in Ontario in Essex County in 2010. At that time only a few fields were affected. Over a five-year period, however, the number of affected counties has risen to 28. Glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane is now found from Essex County in the southwest, all the way to Glengarry County on the Quebec border. PHOTO: CORN AND WINTER WHEAT PROVIDE DECENT OPTIONS FOR CONTROL OF GLYPHOSTATE-RESISTANT FLEABANE. IT'S A SERIOUS PROBLEM IN
April/May 2016
Save the starter N
By: Amy Petherick
A LOT OF nitrogen goes into producing a bumper soybean crop but researchers still seem to agree there’s no economic advantage to applying a nitrogen (N) starter in most cases. Some yield contest winners have contributed part of their past success to in-furrow nitrogen starter fertilizer, but replicated trials have been unable to reproduce these results in any consistent way. Horst Bohner, soybean specialist for Ontario’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, says that
April/May 2016
In the news
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CHINA APPROVES XTEND Soybean trait for 2016After several false starts, Canadian farmers will finally have access to Roundup Ready 2 XTend soybeans for the 2016 planting season, after the much-sought-after Chinese approval was granted in February, 2016.Xtend soybeans are resistant to not only glyphosate, but also dicamba. Monsanto received Canadian approval for its Xtendimax dicamba herbicide last year, however, U.S. approvals have not yet been granted. “We are pleased to bring
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