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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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.

Soil Organic Matter: Keys to Building It and Keeping It

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

We live in interesting times when it comes to understanding soils. Our concept of what soil organic matter actually is, how it is formed, and how long it sticks around is evolving. The basic principle that has guided management of soil organic matter (SOM) for many years has been that the level of soil carbon is determined by its net...

Understanding Precision Agriculture: Where do Management Zones Make Sense?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

GROWERS MIGHT KNOW from experience that they have areas in their fields that consistently deliver high yields season after season — and other parts that just aren’t very productive at all. But is having that knowledge enough for growers to optimize inputs and yield potential in each area of a field so that their overall profitability is higher and their...

Canadian Organic Growers’ Organic Field Crop Handbook, 3rd Edition

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The updated Organic Field Crop Handbook is now available for purchase on the Canadian Organic Growers’ website.  The cost is $45.00 (448 pages).   From the website: “This handbook is divided into five sections. Section One covers the principles upon which organic management practices are based along with an overview of the organic certification process. Section Two focuses on soil management, Section...

Student Field Crop Assistant Jobs Available

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Division/Branch:      Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch Position Title:             Field Crop Assistant Job Term:                     Temporary for 18 weeks Salary:                           $12.25 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week Closing Date:              Jan 30, 2017...

Prevent Farm Fires

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Did you know? Faulty electrical systems cause approximately 40 per cent of farm building fires with a determined cause, making it one of the leading known causes of farm fires. What can you do? Regular inspections and maintenance are key to reducing the risk of a fire. We recommend that you work with a professional to inspect and monitor your...

2016 Corn Seasonal Summary

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Spring Cool but dry conditions prevailed for the start of the corn growing season as May transitioned from a cooler than average April. May remained dry, with few precipitation events to delay planting.  A few localized pockets in Southern Ontario were the exception, which received regular rainfall during the first half of the month. Planting started in earnest in many...

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