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Sustainability goals

ONTARIO FARMERS MEETING INTERNATIONAL TARGETS

MULTI-NATIONAL COMPANIES are building agricultural sustainability into their corporate social responsibility plans. After initially starting with high risk commodities such as cocoa and palm, companies are now assessing the sustainability of grains and oilseeds in their supply chains. These companies want to buy sustainably grown agricultural products and are increasingly setting ambitious targets to do so. [Read more]

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A sustainable nutrient plan

APPLYING THE PRINCIPLES OF 4R

4R ONTARIO HAS been created as an industry-led initiative working towards a science-based approach to improve nutrient use efficiency and reduce potential nutrient loss into our environment. [Read more]

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Advancing seed technology

SYNGENTA CANADA'S SEEDCARE INSTITUTE

“A CANADIAN MADE solution” was the theme of Syngenta Canada Inc.’s Seedcare Institute grand opening at the Honeywood research facility in Plattsville, Ontario in mid-September. This opening marks the first Canadian Seedcare Institute that joins [Read more]

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Caring for rented land

SHOULD SOIL HEALTH BE A PART OF RENTAL AGREEMENTS

IN ONTARIO, MORE than four million acres of farmland is rented, leased, or share-cropped, representing 35 per cent of total provincial farmland. This number has been steadily increasing, up from 23 per cent in 1975. [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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Choose the right cover crops

ONLINE TOOL FINDS COVER CROP MATCH

THERE’S NO QUESTION that today’s farmers are innovative, adaptable, and always looking for new techniques and technologies to improve their farming practices. A trend that is gaining more ground is the use of cover crops, [Read more]

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Biosecurity for grain

FARM PRACTICES MAY INTRODUCE OR SPREAD PESTS

WHILE MOST PRODUCERS recognize the importance of having good biosecurity plans and practices for livestock, biosecurity practices as they relate to grain aren’t as common. It’s tough to control the way the wind blows or [Read more]

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Soil health under the microscope

DEVELOPING A TEST FOR 'SOIL HEALTH'

IT’S NO SECRET much more is known about what happens above ground than below the soil surface in agriculture. Now renewed focus on soil health research in Ontario could evolve to impact farming practices forever. [Read more]

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Fuelling your fleet

THE COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS OPTION

ADVANCEMENTS IN TECHNOLOGY  have increased the availability of alternative fuel sources, such as compressed natural gas, and at a competitive price they are becoming a more attractive option for farmers. Murray Logan, manager of renewable [Read more]

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National sustainability

CROP ROUNDTABLE LEADS THE DISCUSSION VERIFICATION SYSTEMS FOR sustainable production practices are in place in the global biofuel market and there are sure signs that the food sector will be next to follow suit. Now, [Read more]