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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]

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Cropside: Have you forgotten about SCN?

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO’S CROP SPECIALISTS THE RELATIVELY DRY conditions over most of the province early this summer made for a quick start for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN). The most obvious sign of SCN infection [Read more]

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Cropside: Pre-sidedress nitrate sampling

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE PRE-SIDEDRESS NITRATE Test, or PSNT, measures the amount of nitrate-nitrogen in the soil just prior to traditional sidedress time and provides an indication of the soil’s nitrogen (N) supplying potential. The PSNT value may [Read more]

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Cropside: Assessing winter wheat

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THIS YEAR’S WINTER wheat crop got off to a great start thanks to excellent weather conditions last fall which gave many growers the opportunity to get the crop in early. Many fields had excellent stands [Read more]

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Cropside: Low soil K and weed control

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

SOILS THAT TEST “low” in potassium can negatively affect weed control in soybean. When soils test low for potassium (K), soybean plants will express deficiency symptoms that reduce canopy closer and allow more weeds to [Read more]

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Cropside: Sustaining soil

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

IF THE ORGANIC matter levels of Ontario soils could be somehow magically increased by one percent, the impact would be significant. Beyond healthier soils and increased yields, Ontario farmers would observe better water infiltration and [Read more]

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Cropside: Introducing

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE ONTARIO MINISTRY of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) announced two new field crop specialists at the end of October. They will join the rotation of specialists offering agronomic advice on this page in [Read more]

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Cropside: Pest manager app

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE PEST MANAGER app, launched in May 2015, is an identification and treatment tool that can be used to manage weeds, insects, and diseases in your corn, soybeans, or cereals. Pests can be searched by [Read more]