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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Did you hear? We’ve made some great improvements to the Agricultural Information Atlas!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

We’re excited to let you know about the latest updates that we made to the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA). What is the AIA? It’s OMAFRA’s free, easy-to-use online tool that can help you to: Develop nutrient management strategies and plans Plan tile drainage for your farm Develop a farm sketch for Pest Assessment Reports and Bee Yard Registration and other government...

Problem Weed Guide

Monday, March 20, 2017

Volume 1 of the inaugural “Problem Weed Guide for Ontario Crops” includes management strategies for 19 species in corn, soybean and cereal crops that is cited from work conducted by the University of Guelph Department of Plant Agriculture as well as other peer reviewed studies. This 176 page guide features over 175 images and 50 tables that help illustrate the...

Sulphur Deficiency in Winter Wheat: Planning Ahead

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Sulphur (S) deficiency was very prevalent in winter wheat last spring, including fields with a history of manure applications (Photo 1). The deficiency seen in many fields may have resulted from a cooler than normal April reducing S mineralization. S applications may not be required every year due to the year to year variation in response which might have you asking...

Understanding Precision Agriculture – Experiences from the Field

Friday, March 10, 2017

By Joey Sabljic Past articles in our Understanding Precision Agriculture series have focused on the main pieces — data collection, management zone creation, and prescription mapping — that form the foundation of a successful precision ag approach. This month, we spoke with three growers who have been involved with the Precision Agriculture Advancement for Ontario (PAAO) project to hear about their...

Cover Crops as a Soil Fertility Tool

Friday, March 03, 2017

Cover crops are well proven to help reduce soil erosion and improve soil structure. They can also have nutrient benefits. Whether you have been growing cover crops for decades or are just getting started, it is helpful to know what specific cover crops can (and cannot) do from a soil fertility standpoint. There are three main ways that cover crops...

Dealing with Escapes – What will they cost you?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

In “Going for the Set up”, we looked at a number of pre-emergence set up options in corn and discussed reasons to consider going with a set up program.  Today we look at a  situation where you have made the decision to go with the set up program but are noticing some late emerging weeds.  We will discuss what those...

Going for the Set up! Situational with Sikkema

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

In Part 1, “Big Weeds = Big Deal!” we touched on the importance of early weed control to protect corn yield.  Today in Part II, “Going for the Set up”, we will explore a number of set up programs for use in a two-pass weed control program in RR corn and give you something to consider for the upcoming season....

Big Weeds = Big Deal ! Situational with Sikkema

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

This is part of a short series focusing on weed management in field corn.  In Part 1 – “Big Weeds = Big Deal” we look at what happens when Mother Nature delays our herbicide application.  Data collected by Peter Sikkema will show the possible repercussions of delayed application and the effect of weed size on corn yield.      ...

Clubroot in Ontario Canola

Monday, January 30, 2017

In the summer of 2016, clubroot disease was found throughout a field of canola in the Verner area of West Nipissing. Clubroot has been established in Brassica vegetable crops in Ontario for a number of years, but this was the first time the disease was confirmed in Ontario canola. Above ground symptoms of clubroot include yellowing, stunting, wilting, premature ripening,...

Organic Amendment Options – What’s the best fit?

Friday, January 27, 2017

This pdf was presented at the FarmSmart Conference at the University of Guelph on January 21, 2017.

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