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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]

Features

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]

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]

Features

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]

Cropside

Cropside: Starter fertilizer

AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS

IT’S A COMMON question from strip tillers: is there still response to starter fertilizer on the corn planter after delivering good fertility in the strip with the strip tiller? For simplicity, it would be ideal [Read more]

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Conservation agriculture

A PROFILE OF A MOROCCAN FARMER

AZIZ ZINE EL ABIDINE knows he’s lucky. He can read, he’s highly educated and he farms 80 times more land than the average Moroccan farmer. The decisions he makes on his nearly 2,000 acre farm are [Read more]