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Decision support tools for Ontario grain farmers

Principal Investigator

Mike Cowbrough

Research Institution

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

Project Start

April 2016

Project End

April 2018


  • Ensure the following apps have the latest information: Pest Manager, Corn N calculator, CashCropper, and Field Trial.
  • Develop a mobile cover crop decision tool.


  • A mobile cover crop decision tool was created to help with appropriate cover crop selection. It can be found at:
  • The Pest Manager App was updated to include the latest product registrations and over 100 new data points were entered so that Ontario grain farmers had access to the most current best management practices.

Scientific Summary

Grain Farmers of Ontario in cooperation with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) recently completed a project titled, ‘Plant health resources for Ontario farmers,’ that developed 23 resources and decision support tools to assist farmers with the management of insects, diseases and weeds. Due to the popularity of several of these tools, additional financial resources are required to update information so that farmers have access to the most recent best management practises.