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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Trade in the Trump era
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Business side: Business opportunities
CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS
GFO Newsletter for April/May 2017
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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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March 2017
Citizen scientists
By: Tony Palermo
AGRICULTURE AND AGRI-FOOD Canada (AAFC) uses data from multiple sources to interpret and produce all kinds of agroclimate maps and information detailing things such as weather conditions and the impacts of climate on agriculture. Naturally, the more data that’s available, the clearer the picture becomes, so AAFC uses weather stations, satellites, and people on the ground to help collect this data.AAFC says there are about 2,000 traditional weather stations located throughout Canada.
March 2017
Crown rust in oats
By: Melanie Epp
UNDER THE RIGHT (or wrong) conditions, crown rust can be a real problem for oat growers. While most varieties carry some resistance, Albert Tenuta, plant pathologist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) warns that races do change over time, affecting variety performance. The disease can cause substantial loss with 50 per cent or more of the crop being affected. Good management, though, can help growers avoid losses entirely. Incidents of crown rust
March 2017
GFO Newsletter for March 2017
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COME SEE US AT A FARM SHOW NEAR YOU!London Western Fair farm show March 8 – 10http://www.westernfairdistrict.com/london-farm-show in the Grain Farmers of Ontario pavillion booth #727V.Ottawa Valley Farm show March 14-16 http://ottawafarmshow.com/ booth #2510. •RMP CALCULATORThe 2016 Risk Management Program (RMP) calculator is now available for download.The RMP calculator is designed to help growers calculate the value of enrolling in the program. The calculator is based on
March 2017
Midwestern crop threat
By: Edith Munro
RESISTANCE ISSUES, AND especially herbicide resistance, were a dominant concern for growers and Iowa State extension agronomists at this winter’s series of Crop Advantage workshops.Calling pesticide resistance “a threat to Midwestern crop production,” extension field agronomist Meaghan Anderson reported on a joint Iowa-Illinois survey that found resistant weeds on 72 per cent of the sampled farms. The same survey found insect resistance on 27 per cent of the farms, and fungicide/plant
March 2017
Go slower, spray more
By: Dr. Jason Deveau and Dr. Tom Wolf
IN AN EFFORT to get more done in a day, and to ensure sprays are applied during an ever-shrinking window of opportunity, sprayer operators may be tempted to drive faster. Certainly, sprayer manufacturers have supported this strategy by making self-propelled sprayers capable of high speeds. However, just because you can drive 25 mph doesn’t mean you should.Driving faster encourages higher booms (to combat accidental impacts) but that leads to increased pesticide drift and reduced
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