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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What is the Impact of Erosion on Soil Fertility?

Friday, April 21, 2017

It is National Soil Conservation Week this week, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to look at the impact of erosion on soils in Ontario over the past few months. Throughout the middle of April we’ve had some intense rain events. We had a mild winter this year in southwestern Ontario, with little snow cover, and had...

Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – April 19, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

WINTER WHEAT: Reports from across the region indicate that the wheat crop is looking good, with minimal damage reported on sites that are imperfectly drained and areas subject to ponding. September planted wheat is tillering nicely with later planted ground being not as far along.  Fields that received higher rates of starter or manure are doing exceptionally well, whereas areas...

Corn – 2,4-D or not 2,4-D? Situational with Sikkema

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In, Dealing with Escapes – What will they cost you? , we discussed late emerging weeds and their effect on corn yield.  We also discussed some points to consider beyond the effect the weeds will have on yield and why you might consider a post application.  A post-emergence application can provide you with the opportunity to control heavy weed infestations and reduce...

1st 2017 Ridgetown Ag Breakfast Meeting Minutes (April 4)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Breakfast Sponsor: Thanks from group to “Stephanie Divirtaris – Syngenta Seeds“ Synopsis: The quote of the week comes from Dr. Peter Sikkema – “Start Clean – Stay Clean”! The group acknowledged the passing of Morris Sagriff and Alan Spicer both regular attendees at the meetings. Their interesting contributions to the discussion will be missed. Corn acreage is expected to be...

Winchester Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – April 11, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Alfalfa/Forages  Alfalfa is just breaking dormancy. Roots seem intact, with some new growth just starting. The consensus is that winter survival is good in eastern Ontario, other than some of the poorly drained land where there was some heaving of the crowns 2 to 3 inches out of the ground. Further west, mainly along the lake broke dormancy last week...

Exeter Ag Breakfast Meeting (April 11, 2017)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Thank you to David Townsend who chaired the first breakfast meeting and to BASF that sponsored breakfast. The next meeting will be on April 25th starting at 7:00 am for breakfast (meeting starts at 7:30) at the Malibu restaurant near Exeter.  Martin Harry will be the chairman.  The meetings will finish no later than 9:00 am. Synopsis: Only a small...

The Race Against Anthracnose

Monday, April 10, 2017

Co-authored with Chris Gillard, University of Guelph- Ridgetown Campus The 2016 season was relatively dry, and one thing edible bean growers did not have to contend with was anthracnose. In Ontario we have not seen a significant infestation of anthracnose since 2010. Can we continue to keep anthracnose at bay into the future?  History of Anthracnose in Ontario Ontario growers...

Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – April 5, 2017

Friday, April 07, 2017

SUMMARY A small group was in attendance, and much of the discussion was focused on wheat and dicamba-tolerant soybeans. Conditions have been wet in recent days with more rain to come, so the hope is that not too much nitrogen has been applied to wheat before the rain because it may have been lost. Producers are encouraged to be careful...

Consultation for the Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada – Ends April 30th

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Learn, participate and have your say The proposed Plant and Animal Health Strategy for Canada was drafted together by governments, industry and others who play a role in safeguarding plant and animal health. The strategy will protect plants and animals from new and emerging risks by focusing efforts more on prevention and increasing partner collaboration and coordination. You are invited...

Should I use the same old seeding rate?

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

It’s getting close to spring again and, of course, this article is all about calculating seeding rates and achieving a targeted plant density. Let’s cut to the chase. Other than situations where a pneumatic row planter is being used, why should farmers worry about seeding rates outside of the standard 5 lb per acre? It’s true that with median seed...

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