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Drone work

NEW REGULATIONS SETTLING IN WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS

ON JUNE 1, a new set of Transport Canada rules for flying drones came into effect. From the perspective of service providers, the latest regulations haven’t brought on any major changes to their day-to-day drone [Read more]

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Harvest technology

CALIBRATING COMBINE SENSORS

WHEN PERFORMING PRE-HARVEST combine maintenance checks, the bolts, belts, bearings, and other mechanical parts shouldn’t be a farmer’s only focus. Today’s combines come with an arsenal of sophisticated sensors that require their own TLC to [Read more]

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Detoxifying DON

NEW SOIL BACTERIA RESEARCH

IN 2018, ONTARIO farmers battled one of the most severe DON outbreaks in corn. Crops with vomitoxin levels above the accepted threshold can’t be sold into feed markets, which means growers get stuck shouldering big [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]

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An ounce of prevention

FIRE SAFETY AT HARVEST TIME

IT STARTED WITH a burning smell while unloading grain, then sparks and flames — all within the span of just a few minutes. A grain farmer, who requested that he not be identified, was harvesting [Read more]

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From glass to grain

HIRAM WALKER AND SONS' ONTARIO SUCCESS

SINCE SETTING UP shop on the banks of the Detroit River back in 1858, the Hiram Walker and Sons Ltd. distillery has used locally-sourced Ontario grains as the backbone of their whiskies. It’s what they [Read more]

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Compaction action

TAKING DEEPER CARE OF THE SOIL

IF YOU’RE CAREFUL about keeping your fully-loaded sprayer out of wet spots and not leaving big ruts, then it’s not doing any real damage, right? Not quite. In fact, the damage and long-term effects caused [Read more]

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Western bean cutworm

OVERWINTERING BEHAVIOUR AND BIOLOGY

IN THE SPACE of five seasons, the Western bean cutworm (WBC) has spread to become a well-established threat across Ontario. The question is, how? Researchers from the University of Western Ontario (UWO) are trying to [Read more]

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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]

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Understanding precision agriculture

DATA NETWORKS

COLLECTING AND UTILIZING data and imagery from their fields is standard practice for precision farmers when managing their fields. But what more could these farmers do if they had access to a massive network that [Read more]