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Damage control

MANAGING THE IMPACT OF WILDLIFE ON YOUR CROPS

FARMERS GO TO great lengths to ensure their crop has a good start to the growing season. Not only is the best hybrid or variety selected, the appropriate herbicide and fungicide is chosen to protect [Read more]

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Paying for power

INCREASE EFFICIENCY FOR DECREASED COSTS

ALTHOUGH ON-FARM energy efficiency has improved in many areas, we’re also using more energy than ever before — larger operations call for more power to run more equipment. And despite farmers continuously implementing energy-efficient technology, [Read more]

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Continuing the conversation

ONTARIO FARMERS OPEN UP ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

2017 WAS A difficult production year for farmers across Canada. Unpredictable weather was an enormous source of stress for growers; this, paired with ongoing concerns about insect, disease, and weed pressures and government regulations — many farmers [Read more]

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Feeding the aquaculture industry

AN EXPANDING SOYBEAN MARKET

SOYBEANS ARE A common feedstock for a wide range of agriculture — livestock ranging from dairy cattle to laying hens typically have soy or a soybean derivative incorporated in their feed, due largely in part [Read more]

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More than stress

FARMERS STRUGGLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH

FOR MANY FARMERS, recent crop years haven’t been easy ones — and while many will first worry about the impact weather, markets, and regulations may have on their crops and how they can be managed [Read more]

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Market opportunities in China

INCREASED TRADE POTENTIAL EXAMINED IN NEW REPORT

BOTH THE CANADIAN and Ontario grain industries rely heavily on trade. According to the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA), approximately 65% of Canadian soybeans are exported. According to national estimates 70% of wheat production, 25% [Read more]

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Preventing vomitoxin

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY CORN CROP

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. [Read more]

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Managing resistance

NEW WEED CONTROL OPTIONS

THE INCREASE IN herbicide-resistant weeds and the need for weed control is an ongoing challenge for both farmers and crop protection companies, driving the development of new products to decrease weed presence. [Read more]

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Mitigating mycotoxins

EARLY DETECTION

MYCOTOXINS are toxic chemicals produced by fungi that infect crops. Some of the mycotoxins most commonly found in grain include Aflatoxin, Deoxynivalenol (DON), and Ochratoxin. They have a significant negative economic impact on the Ontario [Read more]

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Managing residue for best results

THE ART OF TILLAGE STRONGER, TOUGHER HYBRIDS don’t only mean more productive, higher-yielding crops — they also mean an increase in residue left post-harvest that growers need to manage. PHOTO: FARMERS PARTICIPATE IN A RESIDUE [Read more]