OMAFRA Extension Support

Principal Investigator

Ben Rosser

Research Institution

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

External Funding Partners

Project Start

April 2016

Project End

September 2018

Objectives

  • Enhance corn extension efforts in Ontario to ensure growers have access to the most up to date information. This project focuses on three main areas: Improved Information Gathering, Enhanced Extension Efforts, and Breaking Issue Support.

Impact

  • The development and display of demonstration and research trials provides farmers and agronomists with information on production strategies that was gathered and assessed to update best management strategies in corn production.
  • The accessibility of timely, high quality information enables producers to make informed in-season management decisions.

Scientific Summary

This project is dedicated to improvements in Agricultural Extension and is focussed on three main areas: Improved Information Gathering, Enhanced Extension Efforts, and Breaking Issue Support. Initiatives that will be supported with the Breaking Issue Support include soil nitrate survey, the vomitoxin survey, etc.

Information was disseminated through the following:

  • Grower meeting presentations
  • GOCorn and Field Crop News Websites
  • Crop Advances Publications

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.