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Your opportunity

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

EVERY MONTH, I use this column to share with you my thoughts on issues affecting the agriculture industry. Over the past year, I’ve discussed taxes, relationships with our elected officials, trade negotiations, national partnerships, environmental [Read more]

Features

Straw yield

MEASURING PROFITABILITY

THE PROFITABILITY OF straw could be the deciding factor in whether or not you keep wheat in your crop rotation. It’s one of the reasons the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) included a pilot project [Read more]

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Canada’s Food Guide

HOW AND WHAT WE EAT

CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE, which is developed by Health Canada, is currently undergoing revision. The aim of Canada’s Food Guide is to assist people in making healthy food choices and to promote the nutritional health of [Read more]

Also in this issue

Understanding precision agriculture

WHY DATA COLLECTION MATTERS TO YOUR FARM

BY THE TIME their equipment gets parked for the season, another kind of harvest is already getting underway when farmers grab their yield data off the combine. Karon Cowan, owner of AgTech GIS, has been involved in [Read more]

Cropside

Cropside: Managing stripe rust

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

IN 2016, THE milder winter conditions resulted in early leaf and stripe rust infections in Tennessee and Kentucky. This resulted in rust spores being blown into Ontario earlier than we typically see. By mid-May 2016, [Read more]

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Identifying plant stress

THE USE OF THERMODYNAMICS

ALTHOUGH VETERINARIANS AND doctors rely on thermometers to improve their daily diagnoses, field agronomists lack an equivalent tool of their own. But with two researchers studying the impact thermodynamic principles could have on precision agriculture, [Read more]

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A taxing issue

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

A FAMILY FARM is a business. A farmer is a business person. Therefore, small business tax changes proposed by the federal government will have an impact on farmers. That seems fairly straightforward; but apparently someone [Read more]

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Dicamba damage on U.S. fields

ESTIMATES TOP THREE MILLION ACRES

HEADING INTO THE soybean harvest, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) extension experts put instances of dicamba damage to the crop at 3.1 million acres, approximately 3.5% of U.S. soybean plantings this year. That figure could [Read more]

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Sugar corn instead of sugar cane

A CANADIAN CROP FOR BIOFUEL AND BIOPRODUCTS

SUGAR CORN, A novel breed of corn with high sucrose levels, is being researched at the University of Guelph for its potential use in biofuel and bioproduct production. Using a simple, cost-effective, and fast-acting method, [Read more]

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The path to better crop protection

FROM IDEA TO MARKET

WAYNE BARTON’S METHOD for developing agricultural crop protection products is to stay one or two steps ahead of Mother Nature. Barton, BASF’s manager of research and commercial development for Canada, may have a formula that [Read more]