Field Crop News

Field Crop News is an archive of information dedicated to the production of over 8.5 million acres of field crops in Ontario and a forum for which producers, researchers and industry personnel can share information and ideas. The crop technology team with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), faculty at the University of Guelph and Ontario field crop producers continually work together to find ways to improve field crop production. The key learning and outcomes from these collaborations are captured at “Field Crop News”.

The news posts below are written by the Field Crop News team.

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New Food Safety and Traceability Online Courses!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Give your company a competitive edge – take free eLearning courses to learn more about industry best practices and to be more competitive in the marketplace! Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario online learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus. The new Traceability eLearning courses show...

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New, free soil health publications available to order!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is rolling out a total of 21 new soil health publications. These publications provide best management practices to help you preserve and conserve soil while improving soil health and crop production. Check out these five new titles on our Soil Health in Ontario web page: Adding Organic Amendments Erosion Control Structures Cropland...

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Exeter Agribusiness Minutes – May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thanks to Steve Johns, for chairing the meeting and to Jamie O’Shea (Pioneer) for sponsoring breakfast. The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 6th starting at 7:00am for breakfast and 7:30 for the meeting. Robert Maloney will be the chair. Synopsis: There was widespread rainfall over the Victoria Day long weekend with most areas receiving 1-1.5”. With the dry weather...

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Alfalfa Weevil Alert

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Some field scouts are finding alfalfa weevil above threshold in Niagara and Haldimand counties, though there are likely more fields in other counties at levels of concern.  Alfalfa weevil activity usually coincides with first cut but in some years when the crop is slower to develop, the weevil damage gets ahead, causing significant damage before first cut can happen. Alfalfa...

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Winchester Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

General conditions The rain over the weekend dropped 3-10 mm across the region. Some fields are now a bit too wet to work, but most farmers are able to spread fertilizer or spray. From the 1st of May, we have now accumulated 220 crop heat units (CHU), about 50 below the 30-year average of 270 CHU. The 30-year average for...

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Ontario Field Crop Report – May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

By: THE OMAFRA FIELD CROP TEAM Winter Wheat: Early planted winter wheat continues to look better than Thanksgiving wheat. The cool, wet weather has slowed the rate of wheat development to 5 to 7 days ahead of normal. Most of the crop is at the flag leaf stage, however crop development ranges from 1st node to heads emerging. Cooler, wet...

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Mount Forest Ag Breakfast Meeting – May 16th, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

General: Despite recent weather conditions (cool, wet), things have turned around and activity has started back in the field with manure application, wheat management and corn planting. Field conditions for the most part are okay and dust is even been flying in some places. Most farmers have been patient in getting back on the land to avoid compaction and planting into less...

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2017 Ridgetown Ag Breakfast Meeting Minutes (May 16, 2017)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Breakfast Sponsor: Thanks from the group to “Roger Bourassa – Dupont Pioneer” Quote of the week – “Lambton County – The Breadbasket of Ontario” from Chad Anderson in his customary introduction. Synopsis: Not much has happened over most of the past two weeks.  Most are patient but some have started to push soil conditions especially closer to London. The cool...

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Cereal Leaf Beetle and True Armyworm – the Next Threats for Wheat and Other Crops

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more pests deserve our attention over the next month. Cereal leaf beetle (CLB) is starting to show up in some fields in Ontario.  Levels are still low but both adults, eggs and/or larvae are being found by scouts at various locations during routine scouting trips.  A few locations tend to experience a higher frequency of infestations including fields near...

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Watch for Black Cutworm As Corn Starts to Emerge

Monday, May 15, 2017

The storm fronts that pushed up from the southern states over the last month not only carried rain with them but also carried in black cutworm moths. Trap catches have been higher than normal this year in neighbouring states, indicating a higher risk this spring for Ontario.  Once they arrive, the adult moths look for weedy green patches in fields...

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