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Cropside: Corn stand checkup

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

COUNTING LEAVES There are several ways to count corn leaves. While this seems like a mundane detail, ensuring you and your agronomist are communicating the same leaf stage can be important, especially when management practices [Read more]

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Cropside: Perennial sow-thistle

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

WITH LATERAL ROOTS that go as deep as two metres and seed production approaching 10,000 per plant, perennial sow-thistle is extremely difficult to eradicate. To minimize its impact, management that reduces top growth will lower [Read more]

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Cropside: Sustaining SOM

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

SOIL ORGANIC MATTER (SOM) levels are decreasing in Ontario; something we all intuitively know, but since the decline occurs so slowly, it is easy to ignore. The decline is in part due to less complex [Read more]

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Cropside: OCC trials

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

A COMMON QUESTION regarding Ontario Corn Committee (OCC) hybrid trials is — how valid are results if practices on my farm are more intensive than the hybrid trials? To help answer this, Intensive Management (IM) [Read more]

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Cropside: Sulphur deficiency

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

SULPHUR (S) DEFICIENCY was very prevalent in winter wheat this past spring, including fields with a history of manure applications (Photo 1). The deficiency seen in many fields may have resulted from a cooler than [Read more]

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Cropside: Corn hybrid selection

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

ONTARIO CORN YIELDS have increased approximately 2.3 bushels per acre per year over the past 30 years. As yields increase over time, staying current with new and competitive yielding hybrids is among the most important [Read more]

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Cropside: Yield robbers

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

TWO SPOTTED SPIDER mite damage in soybeans was widespread this summer. Spider mites proliferate quickly in hot, dry years and do the most damage on drought stressed crops. In a dry year symptoms may be [Read more]

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Cropside: Pesticide drift

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

WHEN IT COMES to information about pesticide drift, it’s easy to find and there’s a lot of it. I have an archive of 29 articles written by staff at the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food [Read more]