Ontario Grain Farmer
The magazine of Grain Farmers of Ontario
JUNE/JULY 2015
FEATURES
A leadership experience
Tom Farfaras
The International Year of Soils
Edith Munro
The California drought
Bruce Kelly, Farm &?Food Care
Update: Project One Seed
Rick Youlton
The defender of the farmer
Melanie Epp
Maintaining an important relationship
Rachel Telford
Growing RTRS soybeans
Rachel Telford
Understanding precision agriculture
Doug Aspinall, Nicole Rabe, and Ian McDonald; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Plant Breeders' Rights
Treena Hein
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
New neonicotinoid regulations
Seed money
Amy Petherick
Farmer style
Erin Calhoun
Instagram ambassadors
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It isn't about the bees
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Business side: Due diligence
CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS
Future of grain
HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
In the news
NEWS BITES THAT MATTER
GFO Newsletter for June/July 2015
GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO
Market side: Futures trading basics
LESSON 8: OPENING A TRADING ACCOUNT
Cropside: Seed destructor
AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS
Research roundup
FIND OUT WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF RESEARCH
WEB SPECIAL
Avian flu raises questions about feed demand
CHALLENGES FACING U.S. FARMERS
American connections
COLLABORATION AMONG COMMODITY GROUPS
The future of wheat
THE BREEDER'S PERSPECTIVE
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The Big Picture: Balancing bias
By: Claire Cowan
AGRICULTURE IS FULL of scientific certainty and research-driven results. Decisions on how much fertilizer to apply, what crop protection product to use and when to sell a crop all require careful measurements. A science-based approach to farming is becoming more important every day as farmers perform their own strip trials, utilize variable rate technology and monitor their own weather systems. But despite all this science and measurement, agriculture is still rife with emotional discussion,
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TREATMENT FOR LONG-SPINE sandbur control in cornCarolynn SeatonPost-emergence herbicides are more effective than pre-emergence herbicides for controlling long-spine sandbur, a problem weed in corn on sandy soils in southwestern Ontario. Long-spine sandbur grows rapidly in open spaces and competes for moisture, nutrients and light. The weed can reduce yields, harvesting efficiency and grain quality if its seeds get into the grain. Pre-emergence herbicides, such as Prowl, have
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HENSALL TO GET bean processing facilityThe Eastern Canadian division of grain company Parrish and Heimbecker, Limited (P&H) recently announced plans to invest in a new, state-of-the-art, dry edible bean processing facility in Hensall, Ontario. The project development plans indicate that ground-breaking is imminent.Located in the heart of Huron County, this new investment sends a strong and supportive signal to Ontario’s 2,000 navy bean (white pea bean) producers says the
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Replanting Roundup Ready
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AS THE FIRST company to patent and commercialize a genetic trait in commercial agriculture, eyes are on Monsanto as they also become the first company to deal with the expiration of a patent.The first generation Roundup Ready soybean trait (RR1) was patented in 1991 and as Canadian patent law stipulates, it expires 20 years later. Come August, 2011, RR1 will be the first widespread plant biotechnology trait scheduled to go off patent. According to patent law, it is not possible to extend the
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Site-specific disease forecasting
By: Kerry-Sue Lang
DESPITE YOUR BEST efforts to grow profitable, high quality, disease-free cereal crops, the biggest challenge remains the weather.  While we still can’t control it, science and technology are taking us a lot closer to at least implementing best management practices to counter the negative impact weather conditions can cause.“Diseases are driven by the disease triangle made up of pathogens, crops and environment. We can predict two sides of the disease triangle fairly accurately,” says
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