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January 2012 Blog Posts (14)

Bureaucracy in Ontario Agriculture

The weekend was very productive, the work on the new combine is ahead of schedule, finished up a bit of preventative maintenance on some equipment.  All in an attempt to put off the paperwork.  Some things just can't be put off too long without dire consequences.  

Last year I purchased my home farm, or more properly put, I took ownership of a big mortgage.  With the transfer of land, however, MPAC, the municipal property assessment corp, requires new proof that my 100 acres is in…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 30, 2012 at 6:20pm — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Red Tape Report Card shows Ontario is heading in the Right Direction

By Nathan Stevens

January 27, 2012

 

The burden of over-regulation is wearing thin for many farmers in Ontario. Red tape is being sighted as a key constraint for small and medium businesses across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has made this issue one of their key issues, and published its annual report card on red tape in Canada earlier this month.

 

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Added by CFFO Blog on January 27, 2012 at 9:13am — No Comments

Working the Markets

Its the time of year I start to empty my grain bins.  The farm is situated in a flood plain and if the winter results in an ice jam at the mouth of the Thames river, several feet of water could easily lay over the land if any of the dikes let go.  This hasn't happened since 1976, but he who is not prepared will eventually suffer.  So generally I plan to get the bins empty or within a truck load of empty so it won't take too long to save the grain.  With the winter being mild, there is no ice…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 26, 2012 at 8:27pm — No Comments

CanWEA Disappointed With OFA Statement on Wind.

01/25/2012    CanWEA disappointed with OFA statement on wind, will continue to work to ensure farmers enjoy productive relationship with wind energy…

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Added by OntAG Admin on January 24, 2012 at 4:30pm — No Comments

OFA: Wind Power Versus Rural Power

By Mark Wales, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

 

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is calling on the provincial government to suspend the invasion of rural Ontario with industrial wind turbines. 

Earlier this week OFA took a hard look at our own concerns with wind turbines. We have always been concerned with the price paid for wind power and the fact that it is not dispatchable – it is not stored for use during peak demand periods, making…

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Added by OntAG Admin on January 21, 2012 at 11:33am — 2 Comments

Agricultural Management Institute: Reviewing Last Year's Farm Business Plan

Added by Joe Dales on January 20, 2012 at 10:50pm — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Innovation Is a Key in Responding to Agricultural Transitions

By John Clement

January 20, 2012

 

I grew up on a tobacco farm. My brother grew tobacco, as did my father and grandfather. I have spent literally months of my life replanting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting and moving flue-cured leaf. Accordingly, I have viewed the rise and fall of the Ontario tobacco industry with keen interest and have tried to glean lessons from it that can be used when studying other agricultural…

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Added by CFFO Blog on January 20, 2012 at 9:39am — No Comments

Time to plan for Spring

Its a common misconception that a grain farmer gets the winter off.  Granted the daily chores are not so urgent as planting or harvest, but they need to get done eventually.  Unlike farms with livestock, who probably never get a day off, this is a slower time of year.  

The late fall resulted in a lot of delays in equipment maintenance.  Its now the time to make those repairs and modifications to equipment, without the pressure of having to get it done now.  My 5 furrow plow is ready…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 20, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Where is grain sold?

I must thank @DylanBisch for asking a me question that inspired this post.  

When my wife and I visit friends in urban areas they are ofter marvelled by just how much grain a farm produces and a very common question arrises, Who do you sell it to?  A very simple questions but there is no simple answer.  Without going into the complexities of how to market grains, i hope to shed a little light on how its sold.

I will simplify this process by grouping two sale classifications,…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 17, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Moe Agostino Reviews the USDA Reports That Shocked The Grain Markets.

Added by Joe Dales on January 14, 2012 at 10:45am — No Comments

My First Blog - reflecting on 2011

On my list of what to do in 2012, one of those items was to write a blog.  Last year i was introduced to the world of Twitter, but you can't always communicate ideas in 140 characters or less.

2011 marked the first year that i operated the entire family farm.  I am the 4th generation to use this land and much of the equipment i have was purchased by the 2nd, and even some that was used by my great grandfather.  I farm 265 workable acres and maintain a full time management position at…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 13, 2012 at 8:01pm — 2 Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Time for A Review of Ontario’s Green Energy Act

By Lorne Small…

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Added by CFFO Blog on January 11, 2012 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Albert Tenuta - Early response tools for the field

OMAFRA Field Crop Plant Pathologist Albert Tenuta is working on an early warning system for producers, which will be able to identify diseases before they are visible in the field.



This is done using sentinel plots across North America which use spore samples to assess crop disease risk for producers.



Tenuta hopes to expand the network in future so more producers can benefit from this disease monitoring…

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Added by SPARK*Air on January 11, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

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ONTARIO FIELD CROP REPORT – May 17, 2018

Field activity continues in full gear as soils become fit for fieldwork. Many areas received some rainfall over the weekend, with areas of Kent and Essex catching heavier bands of rain that left over 100 mm in a few locations. As it happens every year a few areas of the province have nearly completed planting, while areas with heavier soils wait for decent planting conditions to occur. Fields that were planted to cover crops last fall - both fall and spring terminated - have required more tillage than fields without cover. A mat of residue kept soils wet and cold and delayed planting in those fields.

Ag industry steps up to support farmer mental health

In government, academia, industry – and indeed in the field itself – problems that have long been hidden or dismissed are starting to see the light of day. These efforts follow a University of Guelph study in 2015-2016 of more than 1,000 participants that revealed nearly 60 per cent met the classification for anxiety, 45 per cent for high stress and 35 per cent for depression.

Ontarians favour land-sharing policies

People in Ontario may have changed their preferences on formal agri-environmental land use policies.

Winchester Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting Minutes – May 15, 2018

The weather in the past week has being great for planting. Crop heat unit accumulation from the 1st of May are about 200 as of the 15th of May as compared to the normal of 150 (Ottawa airport). Some areas had a light frosts this past Friday and Saturday. Where the fields were left uneven last fall, the soils are working up lumpy requiring more secondary tillage. Smoother fields were fine with a shallow, light working.

Cereal leaf beetle activity on the horizon

There have been many reports of cereal leaf beetle adult activity over the last few weeks. Adults do some feeding but also lay eggs that give rise to the real issue – cereal leaf beetle larvae. Eggs will be hatching within the next week or so. With daily growing degree days accumulating more quickly than usual, the populations and feeding activity could catch us off guard. A few locations tend to experience a higher frequency of infestations including fields near Dresden, Bolton, Stayner, Seaforth, and Clinton but reports from other locations with significant adult activity have come in this year. Stay vigilant and monitor fields over the next three weeks in particular.

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