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Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine is the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario and a source of information for our province’s grain farmers. 

Future of Grain


New guide available for scouting Pythium root rot in soybean
Producing high soybean yields begins with establishing an even stand of vigorous plants. Studies have been conducted over the past three years to better understand interactions between seedling diseases, poor seed quality, and the environment, and their influence on soybean stand establishment. After soybean cyst nematode, seedling diseases are the number two yield limiting disease/pest in Ontario soybeans. Seedling diseases are believed to be caused by a disease complex composed primarily of oomycetes (Pythium spp., Phytophthora sojae) and fungi (Fusarium spp. and Rhizoctonia solani) pathogens.


To assist farmers with disease issues, a new scouting guide for Pythium Root Rot has been developed by Albert Tenuta, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food Field Crop Pathologist, in conjunction with 12 US land-grant University colleagues and the United Soybean Board. If you would like a copy of the pamphlet, contact Grain Farmers of Ontario at 1-800-265-0550, or the Ridgetown OMAF & MRA office at 519-674-1690.

Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected and up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight Twitter accounts we think you should consider following or hashtags (#) that will help you join specific conversations.

The Ontario Pesticide Education Program certifies and trains farmers and pesticide vendors in pesticide safety. Their Twitter account has great tips and articles for improving spray. Their website, offers more information on training sessions and resources.

The McGill Office for Science and Society answers questions from the public and media on scientific matters and separates the facts from the myths. Several scientific minds are behind the Twitter account and blog, and offer lectures and a free online course. Their website is an excellent information source and can be found at

The Digital Toolbox
The smartphone, tablet and computer are important tools on today’s farms. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight an app, online tool, or website that may help you in the field or in the farm office.

Pioneer Inoculant Value Calculator
DuPont Pioneer has created the Inoculant Value Calculator to help producers choose the best crop-specific inoculant for their operation.

Users can input 10 variables including crop, storage system, feeding rates, and market prices to evaluate the best inoculant.

The calculator is available online at, and the app is available for Apple products on the iTunes store. 

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