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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]

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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]