Features

Under pressure

HOW FARMERS CAN RELIEve MENTAL STRESS

FINDING MENTAL HEALTH services when you’re feeling overwhelmed can be very difficult, especially if you’re a grain farmer in a rural part of the province. There are, however, strategies for getting help, according to Jenni [Read more]

Features

Flooded fields

RAIN DEVASTATES U.S. CORN BELT

AS 2019 TURNED to spring, U.S. farmers were poised to plant 92.8 million acres of corn, 84.6 million acres of soybeans, and 45.8 million acres of wheat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s March [Read more]

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Survey results

2018 FARMER-MEMBER SURVEY

Grain Farmers of Ontario conducted a farmer-member survey from September 2018 to January 2019. The 25-question survey included questions on demographics, member services, and the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine. The survey was completed by 1,140 [Read more]

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Cleaner every year

AN UPDATE ON THE CLEANFARMS PROGRAM

NEXT YEAR, CLEANFARMS will celebrate it’s official tenth anniversary — but it’s already celebrating many outstanding accomplishments related to helping farmers minimize their environmental impact, stretching back to its origins as a jug-collection program 30 [Read more]

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Grain grading

UNDERSTANDING HOW YOUR GRAIN IS INSPECTED

GRAIN GRADING AFFECTS the price of your grain; and when you don’t get the price you were expecting, you might wonder what factors were at play. Every grain has its own set of inspection guidelines [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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Assessing success

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE INITIATIVE

IN MARCH, I had the opportunity to travel to Warsaw, Poland to attend the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform Community of Practice meeting. The SAI Platform is a major food and drink industry initiative which [Read more]