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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Winchester Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

General conditions The rain over the weekend dropped 3-10 mm across the region. Some fields are now a bit too wet to work, but most farmers are able to spread fertilizer or spray. From the 1st of May, we have now accumulated 220 crop heat units (CHU), about 50 below the 30-year average of 270 CHU. The 30-year average for...

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Ontario Field Crop Report – May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

By: THE OMAFRA FIELD CROP TEAM Winter Wheat: Early planted winter wheat continues to look better than Thanksgiving wheat. The cool, wet weather has slowed the rate of wheat development to 5 to 7 days ahead of normal. Most of the crop is at the flag leaf stage, however crop development ranges from 1st node to heads emerging. Cooler, wet...

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Mount Forest Ag Breakfast Meeting – May 16th, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

General: Despite recent weather conditions (cool, wet), things have turned around and activity has started back in the field with manure application, wheat management and corn planting. Field conditions for the most part are okay and dust is even been flying in some places. Most farmers have been patient in getting back on the land to avoid compaction and planting into less...

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2017 Ridgetown Ag Breakfast Meeting Minutes (May 16, 2017)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Breakfast Sponsor: Thanks from the group to “Roger Bourassa – Dupont Pioneer” Quote of the week – “Lambton County – The Breadbasket of Ontario” from Chad Anderson in his customary introduction. Synopsis: Not much has happened over most of the past two weeks.  Most are patient but some have started to push soil conditions especially closer to London. The cool...

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Cereal Leaf Beetle and True Armyworm – the Next Threats for Wheat and Other Crops

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Two more pests deserve our attention over the next month. Cereal leaf beetle (CLB) is starting to show up in some fields in Ontario.  Levels are still low but both adults, eggs and/or larvae are being found by scouts at various locations during routine scouting trips.  A few locations tend to experience a higher frequency of infestations including fields near...

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Watch for Black Cutworm As Corn Starts to Emerge

Monday, May 15, 2017

The storm fronts that pushed up from the southern states over the last month not only carried rain with them but also carried in black cutworm moths. Trap catches have been higher than normal this year in neighbouring states, indicating a higher risk this spring for Ontario.  Once they arrive, the adult moths look for weedy green patches in fields...

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Ontario Field Crop Report – May 11, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

  Winter Wheat: The winter wheat crop continues to grow well. The cool temperatures have slowed growth a little. The frost on the mornings of May 8 and 9 appear to have had little impact on the crop other than some minor damage to leaf tips. Fortunately, the wheat was not in head. Some fields in the Niagara and Haldimand...

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Exeter Agribusiness Minutes – May 9, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

  Thank you to Joanna Follings who chaired the meeting and to Syngenta for spronsoring breakfast.  There was an excellent turnout and discussion. The next meeting will be on May 23rd starting at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast (meeting starts at 7:30). Steve Johns will be the chairman. Synopsis: Widespread rainfall last week and over the weekend continues to prevent field work....

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Winchester Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – May 9, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Correction to Markets section: From Many analysts are expecting soybean prices to continue increasing. Should read: Many market analysts are expecting soybean acres to continue increasing.   General Conditions: Wet fields continue to delay field operations. Many farms in the area drain into the Ottawa River, where levels still need to go down before those can dry out. We have...

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Time to Join the 2017 Western Bean Cutworm Trap Network

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Calling all WBC Trap Participants!  The WBC Trap Network website is now up and running and ready for you to add your trap sites and join our trapping network. Anyone wishing to join must login and create a new user account at www.cornpest.ca. Click on the “Login” menu from the top left of the page (on a computer) or from...

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