Ontario Grain Farmer
The magazine of Grain Farmers of Ontario
JUNE/JULY 2017
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Uncertainty for U.S. agriculture
Edith Munro
Market opportunities in China
Erin Calhoun
The sustainability supply chain
Michael Buttenham
Better future for subsistence farmers
Marika Li
Project Canaan
Megan Veldman
Breaking new ground in Alaska
Melanie Epp
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Same, same but different
Meghan Burke
Leading through change
Rachel Telford
The WBC problem
Shawn Brenneman
WBC 101: ID and control
Tracey Baute, Art Schaafsma, and Jocelyn Smith
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August 2016
Duelling priorities
By: Lyndsey Smith
MILLING QUALITY IS king when it comes to oat. While farmers look for disease resistance, standability, and big yields, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC’s) oat breeder Weikai Yan has to first ensure a new line of oat produces the plump, white, high beta-glucan grain that end-users demand.  “The driving force (for choosing lines) is the milling industry,” Yan says, “but farmers have to be happy to grow it.” Finding that balance is a challenge — oat is a food crop first,
August 2016
Research roundup
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SERENDIPITY FROM SCIENCESAMEER ChhabraMaize enzymes could hold the secret to maximizing plant growth potential — that’s according to a molecular and cellular biology professor at the University of Guelph.Professor Michael Emes inserted maize genes into a strain of the Arabidopsis plant that could not produce starch. He was surprised to discover that not only could the plant make starch again, but the modified plant grew to almost twice the size as the control group. The altered
August 2016
Renewable resources
By: Owen Roberts
WHEN THE CANADIAN Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) was launched in 1984, its members were mostly focused on advancing new energy sources. The promise of ethanol and other biofuels had stimulated the imagination of the farming community. A turning point had begun for producers, who were envisioning new uses for their commodities. Once, they saw only food and feed as end uses for their harvests. Now, fibre and fuel were being mentioned in the same conversations.Since the association’s
August 2016
Struggling to adopt cap and trade
By: Amy Petherick
WHEN THE ONTARIO government announced its intention to join the Western Climate Initiative this April, few would have guessed new regulations would be effective by July. Although confusion still reigns, increased energy costs are certain.In order to cut greenhouse gas emissions 15 per cent below 1990 levels in the next four years, the government will target energy use through a cap and trade system. While agriculture is not targeted specifically in this round of the regulations, there
August 2016
Farm it like you own it
By: Jeanine Moyer
HOW IS THE rising price of land and increasing farmland rental rates impacting farm management and production practices? A recent University of Guelph study asked that question, comparing farm and production practices on owned and rented land. This study builds on a longstanding research area by Dr. Brady Deaton, University of Guelph professor and McCain Family chair in food security. The recent study was conducted by Deaton in collaboration with Dr. Chad Lawley from University of Manitoba and
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