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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Evaluation of Nitrogen and Planting Equipment in Spring Canola

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Spring canola yields have been strong in Ontario in the past two years, but are we meeting our yield potential? Are there ways to profitably increase yields? In 2017 a  trial was conducted by Deb Campbell of Agronomy Advantage Inc. and Darcy Martin on Darcy’s farm in Kenilworth, Ontario to test and demonstrate management practices that maximize canola yields. Profitability...

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Edible Bean Yields can be Impacted by Soybean Cyst Nematode

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Have you ever had a dry bean crop that looked healthy but resulted in disappointing yields? Have you seen stunted or yellowing patches, but could not identify the cause? If so, you may want to look for soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Researchers in Ontario and the US have shown that SCN is not just a soybean pest, it also reproduces...

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High Yield Wheat!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This article was written by Peter Johnson, Agronomist, Real Agriculture. Can we grow record-breaking wheat here in the Great Lakes Region? NO! will be the resounding answer from most, but don’t give in so quickly. The world record set by Eric Watson of New Zealand stands at 249.7 bu/ac. In 2016, a well-calibrated yield monitor in Ontario touched 240 bu/ac...

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Red Clover added value to Corn!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Red Clover is known to have many benefits in crop rotations both for soil health and fixing nitrogen for the following crop. Long-term rotation trials by Drs. Hooker and Deen, University of Guelph, have shown significantly improved yields to both the corn and soybean crop from the inclusion of wheat in rotation and the added value of wheat underseeded to...

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Your pasture mix matters when planning spring grazing

Friday, March 02, 2018

Spring is just around the corner, and preparations for the upcoming grazing season are in full swing. Farmers are checking their fences and water systems, and frost-seeding legumes to improve pasture quality. Soon there will be livestock out on grass, and less (if any) feeding to do in the barns! But with all the excitement, have you put much thought into...

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Can double cropping winter canola and soybean kill two birds with one stone?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

This article was written by Dr. Eric Page, Research Scientist in Weed Ecology, and Sydney Meloche, Weed Science Technician, AAFC Harrow Research and Development Center Soybean production in southwestern Ontario is increasingly challenging because of the presence of multiple glyphosate resistant weed species. Essex, Kent and Lambton counties have the unfortunate distinction of being home to 4 glyphosate resistant weeds:...

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Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

Friday, February 09, 2018

By: Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder and Communications Specialist, OMAFRA   Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops. Take advantage of the courses to sharpen your competitive edge by gaining skills and knowledge in farm business practices, food safety and...

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Update on Clubroot in Ontario – Distribution and Symptoms in 2017

Monday, January 29, 2018

The results from a soil survey and on-farm experiences in 2017 have shown that clubroot is widespread across Ontario; it is present in nearly all canola growing regions. To date approximately 130 soil samples have been taken from fields with a history of  canola, and clubroot was detected in 12 samples. In addition, clubroot infected canola plants were found on...

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Student Field Crop Assistant

Monday, January 29, 2018

Job Term:   Temporary for 18 weeks, beginning spring 2018 Salary:         $14.00 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week Job Ad Closing Date:  Jan 30, 2018 Available Positions/Locations: Position Focus Location Contact Person Email Nutrient Management Guelph/Woodstock Christine Brown Field Crop Agronomy/Corn Production Guelph Ben Rosser Field Crop Agronomy/Soil Management Kemptville Sebastian Belliard...

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2017 Corn Seasonal Summary

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2017 Corn Seasonal Summary Planting The March 2017 planting intentions report by Statistics Canada estimated that Ontario farmers intended to plant 2.2 million acres of grain corn. This compares to a 5-year (2012-2016) average of 2.1 million acres of grain corn planted in the province (OMAFRA Crop Statistics). While April was warmer than normal, some large rainfall events in the...

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