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Making fertilizer work in strip-till

A PROFILE OF TWO RESEARCH PROJECTS

AS MORE FARMERS investigate the potential of strip-tillage, and as nutrient runoff issues continue to be a major environmental concern, more effort is being invested in understanding nutrient management between conventional and no-till systems. Since [Read more]

Production

Avoiding mistakes with cover crops

UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENCES LEADS TO MORE EFFECTIVE USE

“Don’t mess up an opportunity to do some soil maintenance […] put a cover crop on. It doesn’t have to be expensive.” This sentiment was expressed by Anne Verhallen, soil management specialist, horticulture, for the [Read more]

Production

Biological inputs

THEIR POTENTIAL ROLE IN SOIL HEALTH MANAGEMENT

CAN BIOLOGICAL INPUTS help increase farm profitability and sustainability? According to academic and ministry experts, the answer is – maybe. More specifically, they say new microbial inputs might play a positive role if used in [Read more]

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Gene editing

CANADIAN BARRIERS AND PERCEPTIONS

GENE-EDITING TECHNOLOGY has the potential to revolutionize crop and animal development globally. For Canadian researchers, however, the federal government’s ambiguous and slow-moving regulatory system is preventing new agricultural products from reaching farmers and consumers alike. [Read more]

Features

Improving precision ag effectiveness

NEW ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AT GUELPH

JOHN SULIK, GEOGRAPHER by trade, joined the University of Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture in June 2018. His mission — to use a wide range of biological data to make precision agriculture actually pay for [Read more]

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Financial analysis

BMO ISSUES NORTH AMERICAN REPORT

DESPITE ONGOING TRADE concerns and rising business costs, Bank of Montreal (BMO) analysts say a favourable exchange rate between the Canadian and American dollar means Canadian grain producers face a positive market outlook. EXCHANGE RATE [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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Cover crop basics

IDENTIFYING SPECIFIC GOALS

SOIL ORGANIC MATTER decline in cropland continues to be a significant issue across much of Ontario. The problem is particularly acute in the deep Southwest, where a lack of forage and manure fertilizer — a [Read more]