Features

On-farm emergencies

HAVE A PLAN FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

NO ONE CAN ever really prepare for an emergency. The cause, scale, and impact are unpredictable, especially on a farm where emergencies or accidents can include anything from barn fires or tractor roll overs, to [Read more]

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Farmer’s voice missing

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO RESEARCH

FROM LONG-RANGE climate forecasts and GIS crop production models to satellite pest control and precision agriculture drones, Digital Farming, often in the form of Big Data and Information Communication Technology, is permeating Canadian food systems [Read more]

Features

The consequences of new technology

MORE TRAINING NEEDED

DIGITAL DATA-GATHERING technologies in agriculture, often referred to as precision agriculture, are becoming widely used across Ontario farms to monitor crop yields and they can have significant benefits when used to their full potential. But, [Read more]

Features

Always read the data contract

NEW TECHNOLOGY’S LEGAL ISSUES

FARMERS ARE INCREASINGLY trying to improve productivity and profitability with farm management software systems. Those systems generate vast quantities of data about the farms on which they’re used, however, who owns and has rights to [Read more]

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Artificial intelligence

USING TECHNOLOGY TO HELP WITH SCOUTING

EDUCATION IN AGRICULTURE from an early age and stressing the importance and need for careers in agriculture has been a theme within the industry for years. Both ring true — educating young people in agriculture [Read more]

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Growing a new brand

BREVANT SEEDS

A NEW SEED brand is on the market with a streamlined product offering that is more closely tailored to the region in which the crops are grown. “Farmers won’t have to worry about nuances around [Read more]

Features

Charging up

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN ELECTRIC TRACTORS

“IMAGINE A FARM where electric agricultural vehicles, some autonomous, some conventional, are connected to charging points in large solar PV equipped ‘carport-style’ machinery sheds, earning additional income from so-called ‘vehicle-to-grid’ network balancing services while they [Read more]

Advocacy

A toxic issue

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

DON, ONE TYPE of Vomitoxin in corn, seems to be one of those lingering problems that, despite our best efforts, we can’t find a solution for. It’s been another challenging year for grain farmers in [Read more]

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Glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane

MANAGEMENT WITH COVER CROPS AND TILLAGE

DR. CLARENCE SWANTON (University of Guelph) used to say that based on research he did in the 1980s, one should not expect to control weeds with cover crops. Their utility was in preventing soil erosion [Read more]

Cropside

Cropside: Field trial ‘R&R’

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

THE 2018 CROPPING season is over and you might be thinking about trials for 2019. OMAFRA field crop staff harp on the importance of randomization and replication (R&R) to get the most out of field [Read more]