Features

Developing local barley

NEW HIGH QUALITY, HIGH YIELDING BREEDING PROGRAM

MOST PEOPLE DRIVEN to buy local food and beverages have clear expectations. They figure the ingredients in the products they’re purchasing will be grown or raised within a certain distance of their homes — say, [Read more]

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A garden full of weeds

PROMOTING WEED IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL WHEN IT COMES to weeds, Dave Bilyea strongly believes in the adage keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. PHOTO: WEED IDENTIFICATION GARDEN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH RIDGETOWN [Read more]

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Research

Weed poll

RESULTS SHOW NEW – AND WORRISOME – TRENDS YOU DON’T NEED to have glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane in your fields to know it’s one of Ontario’s worst weeds. The fact is, its reputation precedes it. PHOTO: LAMBSQUARTERS [Read more]

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Renewable resources

A NEW BRAND

WHEN THE CANADIAN Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA) was launched in 1984, its members were mostly focused on advancing new energy sources. The promise of ethanol and other biofuels had stimulated the imagination of the farming [Read more]

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Features

Rheault Distillery

PRODUCING VODKA FROM NORTHERN ONTARIO WHEAT MANY HARD RED spring wheat buyers clamour for Ontario’s protein-rich Grade #1 — but not artisan spirits distiller Marcel Rheault. PHOTO: THE RHEAULT DISTILLERY ALPHA-VODKA IS DISTILLED FOUR TIMES [Read more]

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Project SOY

UNIVERSITY PROGRAM CELEBRATES 20TH YEAR WHEN ALICIA HUSTON married into a farm family near Thamesville five years ago, she had little more than a passing acquaintance with some of the commodities grown on their farm [Read more]

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Production

Managing disease in a wet climate

How farmers in Scotland succeed IN ONTARIO, SOME people blame climate change for what seems to be the ceaseless rain and cool temperatures plaguing farmers here the past few growing seasons. It’s rare for a [Read more]

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The white mould problem

ANALYZING 2014’S YIELD ISSUES WHITE MOULD IS among the many plant disease problems foisted on Ontario farmers in wet, cool years. In 2014, soybean producers experienced more than their share of the disease, cutting yields [Read more]

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Opening access

THE CANADA-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT THE RUSSIAN EMBARGO on agricultural imports from Canada and other countries underlines the value of having a breadth of trading partners. That fact alone might ordinarily be reason enough to [Read more]

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Features

Applied research in Argentina

THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY WHEN ARGENTINE FARMERS analyzed the global market for oilseeds, soybeans clearly appealed to them. Part of the allure was the growing hunger for soybeans in China. Another was the higher [Read more]