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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]

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Genetically modified wheat?

BREAKTHROUGH DEVELOPMENT FOR CELIACS

ONE OF THE public’s long-time raps against genetically modified crops is that their main benefits have accrued to farmers, not consumers. But an international breakthrough in wheat breeding aimed at helping celiac disease sufferers could [Read more]

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Precision Ag Advancement for Ontario

NEW TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH

RESULTS FROM THE 2016 and 2017 growing seasons in the Precision Agriculture Advancement for Ontario project can now be found through an interactive story map available online at http://bit.ly/2wIVgGq. The story map can show multiple [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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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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Surviving the flood

WESTERN SOYBEAN RESEARCH APPLICABLE TO ONTARIO

RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THAT common plant proteins could hold the key to developing soybeans that are better equipped to survive — and even thrive — under harsh environmental conditions. The crop insurance data doesn’t lie — [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]

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Water’s influence

CORN NITROGEN FERTILIZER REQUIREMENTS

WHAT RATE OF nitrogen to apply? This is a common question asked by Ontario corn farmers and their advisors. Apply too little and corn yield may be limited. Apply too much then the nitrogen fertilizer [Read more]