Features

Identifying plant stress

THE USE OF THERMODYNAMICS

ALTHOUGH VETERINARIANS AND doctors rely on thermometers to improve their daily diagnoses, field agronomists lack an equivalent tool of their own. But with two researchers studying the impact thermodynamic principles could have on precision agriculture, [Read more]

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Celebrating plant science

CROPLIFE CANADA'S FOCUS ON CONSUMER OUTREACH

THERE’S A TRICK to selling real, good news in the ‘fake news’ and the ‘if it’s on the internet it must be true’ world we are living in. Not that long ago, it seemed like no one in the agricultural industry could figure out what that trick was. [Read more]

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What is soil health?

OBSERVATIONS FROM A RESEARCHERS AND AN AGRONOMIST

WHAT MAKES GOOD dirt has been a hot topic of conversation within the agriculture industry. The terms ‘soil health’ and ‘soil quality’ are widely accepted to mean the same thing, although Cornell University suggests ‘soil [Read more]

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Barley intensification

CLOSE COST ANALYSIS REQUIRED

AT THE 2016 harvest, we saw much less barley come to market in the Guelph area. Many Ontario barley growers were down on average yields, but there were still a lot that were above average. [Read more]

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Endocrine disruptor legislation

INDUSTRY FIGHTING TIGHTER REGULATIONS

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has proposed new evaluations for endocrine disrupting substances which threaten to significantly impact the future import of agricultural products grown in North America. Industry representatives warn that the new legislative process currently [Read more]

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Advocacy

Struggling to adopt cap and trade

INDUSTRY MYSTIFIED BY RAPID-RELEASE REGULATIONS 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, [Read more]

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Save the starter N

FEW CONDITIONS WARRANT STARTER NITROGEN ON SOYBEANS A LOT OF nitrogen goes into producing a bumper soybean crop but researchers still seem to agree there’s no economic advantage to applying a nitrogen (N) starter in [Read more]

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Crown rust conundrum

ALTERNATE HOSTS THREATEN RESISTANCE LONGEVITY SOME GROWERS ARE most familiar with oats as a cover crop but crown rust doesn’t discriminate — whether for pony oats, human consumption, or as cover crop, this disease can [Read more]