Features

Passing on the farm

DEVELOPING A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

ABOUT THIS ISSUE Grain Farmers of Ontario staff members often hear from our farmer-members that succession planning is one of their most top-of-mind issues. Our 2018 farmer-member survey reiterated that, with many respondents indicating they [Read more]

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An all-seeing agronomic tool?

THE CHANGING CAPABILITIES OF SATELLITES

BETTER RESOLUTION, MORE frequent fly-overs, and more refined data interpretation has made satellite technology more useful for farmers looking to improve their agronomic practices. Limitations still exist, however, though efforts to continually refine the use [Read more]

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Climate change is changing weeds

RISING CO2 LEVELS MAKE MANY WEEDS MORE COMPETITIVE

ATMOSPHERIC CARBON DIOXIDE stood at 325 ppm in 1970. In 2015, that number stood at 400 ppm. To humans this is a small, unnoticeable increase – but plants are paying attention. Weeds specifically are finding [Read more]

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Avoiding tank mix errors

CAUTION AND BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

MIXING MULTIPLE PRODUCTS for a single-spray application has its benefits. Indeed, doing so can take advantage of multiple modes of action, apply fertilizer simultaneously, reduce the risk of drift, save time and money, and more. [Read more]

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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]

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Controlling weeds before wheat

MULTIPLE FACTORS TO CONSIDER

THERE IS NO universal method of weed control. This is particularly true when managing the growth and spread of problem weeds on fallow land, and in a compressed growing season. According to ministry and academic [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]

Production

Winter wheat in challenging years

THINGS TO CONSIDER

THE 2018-2019 winter wheat growing season has not been easy. More challenging conditions during both fall planting and the spring mean producers need to be more mindful of additional production issues. During the Southwest Crop [Read more]