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Cropside: Nitrogen accounting

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE ONTARIO MINISTRY of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) traditionally conducted an annual pre-sidedress soil nitrate (PSNT) survey which sampled several dozen fields across the province for background (non-fertilized) soil nitrate levels just prior [Read more]

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Cropside: Corn stand checkup

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

COUNTING LEAVES There are several ways to count corn leaves. While this seems like a mundane detail, ensuring you and your agronomist are communicating the same leaf stage can be important, especially when management practices [Read more]

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Cropside: OCC trials

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

A COMMON QUESTION regarding Ontario Corn Committee (OCC) hybrid trials is — how valid are results if practices on my farm are more intensive than the hybrid trials? To help answer this, Intensive Management (IM) [Read more]

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Cropside: Corn hybrid selection

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

ONTARIO CORN YIELDS have increased approximately 2.3 bushels per acre per year over the past 30 years. As yields increase over time, staying current with new and competitive yielding hybrids is among the most important [Read more]

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Cropside: Pre-sidedress nitrate sampling

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE PRE-SIDEDRESS NITRATE Test, or PSNT, measures the amount of nitrate-nitrogen in the soil just prior to traditional sidedress time and provides an indication of the soil’s nitrogen (N) supplying potential. The PSNT value may [Read more]

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Cropside: Introducing

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE ONTARIO MINISTRY of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) announced two new field crop specialists at the end of October. They will join the rotation of specialists offering agronomic advice on this page in [Read more]

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Cropside: Putting nitrogen in its place

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

cover the uan Injecting N fertilizer into the soil as a sidedress operation is generally viewed as the most efficient N placement technique. However, recent studies have shown that when UAN is placed in a [Read more]