Features

The next frontier

SOIL SCIENCE.

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN agriculture and food is a natural one — at least for producers, who nurture it daily. But the agri-food connection is increasingly becoming a “eureka moment” for the public, too. People are [Read more]

Advocacy

The only certainty

FROM THE CEO'S DESK

WHEN A MAJOR international trade deal is signed, images of a handshake between the nations’ leaders are shown across the evening news and printed in the papers. It’s a symbol of a promise made in [Read more]

GFO newsletter

GrainTALK for February 2019

GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO

FROM THE CHAIR A Q&A with Grain Farmers of Ontario chair, Markus Haerle. Grain Farmers of Ontario invests a lot of money into research projects. What are some of the current projects that interest you and [Read more]

Features

Soil microbiomes

TRACKING CHANGES BELOWGROUND

CROP ROTATION IS an excellent way to create opportunities for improved soil health within a three-crop rotation. It can help promote the “right” biological community for subsequent cash crops to boost beneficial organisms and decrease [Read more]

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Surviving the flood

WESTERN SOYBEAN RESEARCH APPLICABLE TO ONTARIO

RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THAT common plant proteins could hold the key to developing soybeans that are better equipped to survive — and even thrive — under harsh environmental conditions. The crop insurance data doesn’t lie — [Read more]

Features

A research journey

HYDROLOGY AND AGRICULTURE

HYDROLOGY, CLIMATE, AND agriculture work together to shape our understanding of water quality in our watersheds. Dr. Merrin Macrae, associate professer and researcher at the University of Waterloo, looks at how water moves, where it [Read more]

Features

Breeding a better soybean

PROMISING VARIETIES EMERGING

DEVELOPING SOYBEAN VARIETIES that perform better in terms of yield, protein content, and resistance to disease is a complicated, time-consuming, but ultimately rewarding job. Just ask assistant professor Dr. Milad Eskandari, who works in the [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Fire risks

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT TYPE OF FIRE RISKS DO TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT POSE ON THE FARM? (J.Z.) Motorized equipment, especially tractors, produce a significant amount of heat even after being powered off and stored. As farms grow [Read more]

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Water’s influence

CORN NITROGEN FERTILIZER REQUIREMENTS

WHAT RATE OF nitrogen to apply? This is a common question asked by Ontario corn farmers and their advisors. Apply too little and corn yield may be limited. Apply too much then the nitrogen fertilizer [Read more]

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Mapping the soybean genome

A CANADIAN GENOTYPING PLATFORM

AS YOU MAY already know, mapping the genome of livestock animals and crops — and identifying specific genetic markers linked to specific traits of interest within those genomes — is starting to enable breeders to [Read more]