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Taking root

THE ADVANTAGES OF PLANTING TREES

PLANTING TREES ON farmland has multiple benefits, including increasing crop yields by as much as 15 to 20 per cent. “There are many studies in Canada and the U.S. that show yields are higher in [Read more]

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Preventing DON in corn

BEST MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR 2019

MORE THAN TWO million acres of corn were planted in Ontario in 2018 and yields were reported to be above average at 181 bushels/acre. But it wasn’t a profitable crop for many farmers. High levels [Read more]

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Tar spot of corn

A NEW DISEASE THREAT

CORN PRODUCERS IN southwestern Ontario have a new disease threat to look out for this growing season. Tar spot of corn rapidly developed in Michigan in 2018 after first being spotted in a couple of [Read more]

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Growing resistance

HERBICIDE RESISTANCE IS defined by the Weed Science Society of America as ‘the inherited ability of a plant to survive and reproduce following exposure to a dose of herbicide that was previously lethal’. Herbicide resistance [Read more]

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Value creation

CEREALS INDUSTRY CONSIDERS RESEARCH FUNDING OPTIONS

CANADA IS FALLING behind the world in funding cereals plant breeding research and the models being proposed to fix the situation have prompted sometimes heated discussion among producers across the country. TWO PROPOSALS One of [Read more]

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Agricorp update

KEEPING FARMERS INFORMED

2018 SAW HIGHS and lows for many producers, from record high yields for some crops to difficult planting and growing conditions and widespread DON in others. Through it all, Agricorp’s goal has been to ensure [Read more]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]