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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]

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Quality inputs, quality product

ONTARIO CORN FED BEEF

ONTARIO’S GRAIN FARMERS provide the province, country, and world with high-quality, safe grain with a multitude of uses. One market that is particularly close to home is livestock feed — specifically Ontario beef. The Ontario [Read more]

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Simplifying seed selection

PLANNING AHEAD ALTHOUGH THIS YEAR’S crop season isn’t over yet, decisions are already being made for next year. Correct seed selection is crucial to a successful and profitable growing season and should be given careful [Read more]

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Ontario crop update

SPRING CHALLENGES AND SUMMER OUTLOOK BARLEY AND OATS According to Craig Martin, operations manager, Cribit Seeds, planting went well, with most spring cereals planted in a timely manner. There were some situations where the seed [Read more]

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Merging mega-companies

WILL FEWER INPUT SUPPLIERS IMPACT FARMERS? THERE HAS BEEN a great deal of discussion and speculation around recent mergers of chemical giants, like those between ChemChina and Syngenta and Dow and DuPont, and potential mergers, [Read more]