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Lessons from the past

2016 NUFFIELD SCHOLAR FINAL REPORT

FOR TONY BALKWILL, the 2016 Grain Farmers of Ontario Nuffield Scholar, the Nuffield journey is coming to a close. Balkwill used the scholarship to develop historical soil-type maps into field-scale management zones. The Grain Farmers [Read more]

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Compaction action

TAKING DEEPER CARE OF THE SOIL

IF YOU’RE CAREFUL about keeping your fully-loaded sprayer out of wet spots and not leaving big ruts, then it’s not doing any real damage, right? Not quite. In fact, the damage and long-term effects caused [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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Invite the microbes

MIKE DORION WANTS farmers to build healthy soil and grow better crops by throwing an underground party with guests that include a whole range of microbes. “These organisms act like probiotics in the human gut [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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History lessons to advance agriculture

SYMPOSIUM USES PAST TO HIGHLIGHT POTENTIAL FUTURE

THE FUTURE OF agriculture will be fueled by lessons from history. This was discussed in depth during the second annual DuPont Pioneer Plant Sciences Symposium held in Guelph. Advertised as the Historical Guide to Modern [Read more]

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The consumer conversation

2017 GEORGE MORRIS AGRIFOOD POLICY LECTURE

HOW DOES THE agriculture industry talk to consumers about food? A look through a different lens can reveal answers to this question. This topic was part of the George Morris AgriFood Policy lecture hosted by [Read more]

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Farming for the future

2017-2018 ASA DUPONT YOUNG LEADER PROGRAM

GROWING UP IN North Gower as the seventh generation on her family’s cash crop and beef farm, Ann Vermeersch always knew she wanted to be in agriculture. “It’s never been a doubt; it’s all I’ve [Read more]

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Looking to the future

EXPANSION AT IGPC ETHANOL INC.

AS THE LARGEST corn producer in Canada, it’s not surprising that Ontario is also the country’s leading ethanol producer. Six facilities, operated by Greenfield Ethanol Inc., IGPC Ethanol Inc., Kawartha Ethanol, and Suncor, produce more than [Read more]

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Soil form and function

A FARMSMART 2018 PREVIEW

DEGRADED SOIL CAN still give you high yields but those yields come at a cost. Those soils are less resilient, less able to handle stress such as drought or heavy rain, and require more inputs. [Read more]