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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April/May 2017
Reducing the impact of high DON levels
By: Dr. Art Schaafsma
WITH THE HIGHER concentrations of vomitoxin (better known as deoxynivalenol (or DON)) being reported in corn, it is important to understand the effects of storage on DON. DON is a mycotoxin produced by the fungus Fusarium graminearum (also known in its sexual stage as Gibberella zeae, hence the name of the disease in corn Gib ear rot).  We have more DON this year because of the widespread injury in corn ears caused by western bean cutworm.  Once corn dries below 18% it
April/May 2017
How do you know what works - and what doesn't
By: Joey Sabljic
YOU’VE CRUNCHED THE data, identified your management zones and created nutrient and seed population prescription maps. Now, how can you be sure that you’re actually making a measureable, positive impact on your fields?This, according to the applied researchers leading the Precision Agriculture Advancement for Ontario (PAAO) project, is why validation needs to play an important part in any precision agriculture operation. Validation can help growers nail down what’s working and not
April/May 2017
Preventing vomitoxin
By: Erin Calhoun
VOMITOXIN (ALSO KNOWN as deoxynivalenol (DON)) can severely compromise the quality of a corn crop, limiting both its use and value. In 2016, the annual vomitoxin survey to assess the presence of corn ear mould and grain vomitoxin, conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) field crops team, confirmed the concerns being raised by many farmers. PHOTO: FUSARIUM EAR ROT.“Overall, there has been little DON in recent years, but levels fluctuate, and
April/May 2017
Grains in Action
By: Maegan MacKimmie
HOW ARE CROPS used after they leave the farm?This was the question answered during a four-day journey that 26 young agricultural leaders took in early February. They attended Grain Farmers of Ontario’s Grains in Action, a program that works to educate participants on the end uses of; and markets for, Ontario grains. They learned about the grain value chain and met with industry partners. I learned “Grain Farmers of Ontario is always looking for ways to advance the grain industry and
April/May 2017
A modern renewable fuel standard
By: Rachel Telford
THE NEXT STEP in the Ontario government’s Climate Change Action Plan is the development of a renewable fuel standard (RFS) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline by five per cent by the year 2020. The Ontario government’s proposed RFS will replace the current ethanol mandate Ontario farmers have relied on.TABLE: LIFECYCLE GHG EMISSION REDUCTIONS FROM SELECT ALTERNATIVE FUELS RELATIVE TO GASOLINE.According to the government, the transportation sector accounted for one-third
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