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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


Authority herbicide now available to eastern Canadian soybean growers
FMC of Canada has announced the registration of Authority 480 herbicide for eastern Canadian soybean crops. Previously only available in western Canada, Authority offers a new group 14 weed control option. Since 2013, Authority and its active ingredient sulfentrazone have grown to be the number one residual pre-emergent broadleaf weed herbicide for soybeans in the United States. Authority herbicide controls many broadleaf weeds in soybeans including those resistant to groups 5, 2, and 9 and has an excellent crop safety profile. In addition to its federal registration, Authority is now scheduled in the province of Ontario as a Class 2 pesticide and currently cleared for sale for the 2016 growing season. “The addition of Authority herbicide to the FMC product portfolio is a big step forward,” says Wayne Myers, eastern business manager for FMC of Canada. “The new product will complement our existing line of corn and soybean products, including Focus herbicide.” “Authority herbicide has grown to be an important option for western Canadian soybean and pulse growers,” says David Strilchuk, country manager of FMC Canada. “We expect Authority will become an important option for eastern growers as well.” Authority 480 herbicide will be distributed in eastern Canada by UAP Canada. •


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.

Appointed the federal minister of agriculture and agri-food in October, Lawrence MacAulay is the member of parliament (MP) for Cardigan, Prince Edward Island (an office he has held since 1988). MacAulay is a former potato and dairy farmer and he has also previously served as minister of labour and as solicitor general of Canada.

Being released in January 2016, License to Farm is a short documentary film produced by SaskCanola. The film explores the role of science, sustainability, and food safety in modern agriculture, encouraging farmers to respond to the limited understanding that most consumers have of the food system.

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.

Do you have more than one Twitter account, or do you use a variety of social media services for your farm business? Hootsuite is an online dashboard that can help you manage your social media accounts. To use it, simply visit and sign in with the social accounts you want to manage (it can handle multiple Twitter accounts, Facebook, Instagram, and others). You can post from multiple accounts simultaneously and schedule future posts to be sent out at a specific time. The free version has more than enough features for most users; there is also a more fully-featured paid version available.


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