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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Free Agri-food Courses to Grow Your Business

Friday, February 09, 2018

By: Jenny Huynh, Stakeholder and Communications Specialist, OMAFRA Are you interested in developing a strong business and growing your success? Sign up for free agri-food online courses and — for a limited time — free in-person workshops. Take advantage of the courses to sharpen your competitive edge by gaining skills and knowledge in farm business practices, food safety and traceability....

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Update on Clubroot in Ontario – Distribution and Symptoms in 2017

Monday, January 29, 2018

The results from a soil survey and on-farm experiences in 2017 have shown that clubroot is widespread across Ontario; it is present in nearly all canola growing regions. To date approximately 130 soil samples have been taken from fields with a history of  canola, and clubroot was detected in 12 samples. In addition, clubroot infected canola plants were found on...

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Student Field Crop Assistant

Monday, January 29, 2018

Job Term:   Temporary for 18 weeks, beginning spring 2018 Salary:         $14.00 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week Job Ad Closing Date:  Jan 30, 2018 Available Positions/Locations: Position Focus Location Contact Person Email Nutrient Management Guelph/Woodstock Christine Brown christine.brown1@ontario.ca Field Crop Agronomy/Corn Production Guelph Ben Rosser ben.rosser@ontario.ca Field Crop Agronomy/Soil Management Kemptville Sebastian Belliard...

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2017 Corn Seasonal Summary

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2017 Corn Seasonal Summary Planting The March 2017 planting intentions report by Statistics Canada estimated that Ontario farmers intended to plant 2.2 million acres of grain corn. This compares to a 5-year (2012-2016) average of 2.1 million acres of grain corn planted in the province (OMAFRA Crop Statistics). While April was warmer than normal, some large rainfall events in the...

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Effectively Managing Stripe Rust

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Co-authored with Albert Tenuta, Pathologist, Field Crops In 2016 the milder winter conditions resulted in early leaf and stripe rust infections in Tennessee and Kentucky. This resulted in rust spores being blown into Ontario earlier than we typically see. By mid-May 2016, stripe rust was prevalent in most areas of southwestern Ontario. Growers who selected tolerant varieties or applied a...

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Dry Edible Bean Seasonal Summary

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Planting and Development The total amount of dry edible bean acres was higher in 2017 than in 2016. The number of insured acres of white beans in 2017 was 60,363 ac, up significantly from 46,194 ac planted in 2016. Coloured bean acres, however, were down overall, totaling 56,518 ac in 2017 compared to 60,668 ac planted in 2016. Acreage was...

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2017 Forage Summary

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

According to the 2016 Census of Agriculture, total cropland area increased by 1% since the previous census, despite the amount of land included on census farms decreasing by 3%. In 2016 there were 2,022,199 acres of forage crops in Ontario. Since 2011, corn silage acres were up nearly 9% across the province. Acres for forage seed production fell by 29%....

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Canola 2017 Seasonal Summary

Monday, November 27, 2017

Planting and Development Canola acreage in Ontario remained stable with approximately 29,250 acres planted in 2017, compared to 29,540 acres planted in 2016. Agricorp reports actually show decreased acreage in most regions with two exceptions; canola acres remained steady in Nipissing at approximately 2,150 ac, and the combined regions of Manitoulin, Sudbury and Timiskaming had 8,886 ac this year compared...

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Installing a Continuous Rinse System

Monday, November 27, 2017

Author: Jason Deveau, Application Technology Specialist (OMAFRA)   Cleaning, flushing, triple-rinsing… whatever you call it, sprayer sanitation is a time-consuming and distasteful task. Methods vary, but they generally span from the classic triple rinse (30-45 minutes) to a full tear-down and decontamination (many hours and likely an overnight soak). The operator decides how much time and effort to invest depending...

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OMAFRA Releases New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On November 1st the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released New Horizons: Ontario’s Draft Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy for public input. The strategy will serve as a blueprint for Ontario agriculture to protect and improve its soils for years to come. The strategy has four key areas soil management, soil data and mapping, soil evaluation and...

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