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Rain delay

EASTERN ONTARIO’S CHALLENGING SPRING

THE EXTENT OF the flooding in eastern Ontario this spring prompted Agricorp to do something it rarely does — extend the spring cereals planting deadline for production insurance. Agricorp senior industry specialist Geoff Smith notes [Read more]

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Hunting on farmland

BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH HUNTERS

IN 2015, 23,000 people took the Ontario Hunter Education Course, according to the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), and a total of 450,000 people currently hold a ‘Hunting’ Outdoors Card. [Read more]

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Bacteria control of disease

CANADIAN SCIENTISTS AT THE FOREFRONT

SEVERAL TYPES OF bacteria are the focus of ground-breaking new Fusarium research here in Ontario. Professor Manish Raizada of the Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph, with colleagues Dr. Victor Limay-Rios and [Read more]

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Farm lightly

PREVENTING OR MITIGATING COMPACTION COMPACTION IS A topic that every farmer must take seriously. Soil compaction causes damage to the soil structure and makes it much more difficult for plants to grow because it reduces [Read more]

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Fall burndown

TIPS FOR A WEED FREE 2017 “BE READY TO pounce.” That’s the advice of Mike Cowbrough, weed management lead at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, on fitting in a fall application [Read more]

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On track

IP PRODUCTION OF GMO SOYBEANS IS GROWING INTEREST IS GROWING in the added traceability of genetically modified (GMO) high-quality food grade soybeans. But as with any emerging market, there are complex forces at work and [Read more]

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Rural rejuvenation

SUPPORTING RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH AN EYE TO GROWTH

WHEN THE FEDERAL budget of 2016 was announced in late March, the focus was on infrastructure spending — a lot of so-called ‘unsexy’ projects that would be funded in order to stimulate the economy. There [Read more]

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Building a 4R strategy

FOLLOWING THE 4RS REDUCES NUTRIENT LOSSES

TWO YEARS AGO, in 2014, Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Ontario Agri-Business Association, and Fertilizer Canada began work on a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Demonstration Farm program. “Through this program we recruited fifteen crop farmers to [Read more]

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Protecting Lake Erie

PREPARING FOR NUTRIENT REDUCTION TARGETS

IT WAS FORTY-FOUR years ago in 1972 when the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) came into being. It was all about the Great Lakes — a commitment by the governments of Canada and the [Read more]