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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September 2016
Nuffield scholar
By: Maegan MacKimmie
JUST UNDER A year later, Tony Balkwill continues to embrace the opportunity the Grain Farmers of Ontario Nuffield Scholarship provided him — a chance to develop historical soil-type maps into field-scale management zones. Not only has the Nuffield Scholarship expanded Balkwill’s research, but the international stage comes with unique lessons. PHOTO: NUFFIELD CONFERENCE IN IRELAND. BALKWILL IS STUDYING THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIELD-SCALE MANAGEMENT ZONES.“Agriculture is no longer just
September 2016
A garden full of weeds
By: Owen Roberts
WHEN IT COMES to weeds, Dave Bilyea strongly believes in the adage keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.PHOTO: WEED IDENTIFICATION GARDEN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH RIDGETOWN CAMPUS.In fact, as a weed management specialist for the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, he practices it every time he gets out the hose to water the 200 species of weeds under his watch in the Weed Identification Garden at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. The garden provides a
September 2016
Future of grain
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BOOSTING SOIL HEALTH The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) supports cover crop research through its Soil Health Graduate Scholarship fund. The 2015 recipient, graduate student Jaclyn Clark, for her graduate thesis, explores June cover crop planting into standing corn. By the time harvest is finished in September or October, the cover crop will have a head start on plant growth.“Cover crop research across Ontario must be at record levels this year,” says Gord Green,
September 2016
Simplifying seed selection
By: Erin Calhoun
ALTHOUGH THIS YEAR’S crop season isn’t over yet, decisions are already being made for next year. Correct seed selection is crucial to a successful and profitable growing season and should be given careful thought early on to avoid surprises. Here’s what three industry experts had to say on the subject:BARLEY, OATS, WHEATAccording to Joanna Follings, cereals specialist at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), producers can start planning for next year’s
September 2016
Cropside: Pesticide drift
By: Jason Deveau, Application Technology Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
BUSINESS SIDE WITH...JASON Deveau, Application Technology Specialist,  Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural AffairsWHEN IT COMES to information about pesticide drift, it’s easy to find and there’s a lot of it. I have an archive of 29 articles written by staff at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs spanning 1999 to 2014. There’s so much, in fact, that it sometimes feels like there’s nothing left to say that hasn’t already been said. Here are
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