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March 2012 Blog Posts (13)

USDA Reports: Very Bullish Soybean Prices. Click To Watch The Review.

Added by OntAG Admin on March 30, 2012 at 5:38pm — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Ontario Takes a Bold Step Forward with Its New Budget

By Nathan Stevens

March 30, 2012

 

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is encouraged by the direction set out in the proposed Ontario Budget. The provincial government is taking the financial and economic realities in Ontario seriously, and is proposing a wide range of changes to adjust to the new reality. The tough measures laid out will require a strong commitment from our government and the people of Ontario to get this…

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Added by CFFO Blog on March 30, 2012 at 8:31am — No Comments

COYOTE CONTROL SCUGOG, CARTWRIGHT TOWNSHIPS

I am seeking farmers and landowners in these townships who would like to have a mature , safe, licensed hunter to come onto their property and help control damage done by coyotes. Calving, lambing is upon us, and that means coyote predation. If interested call Neil at (905) 985-2217 and lets chat.

Added by Neil DeShane on March 29, 2012 at 1:50pm — No Comments

My Mistake - My Opportunity

With the summer like temperatures last week, I couldn't keep myself out of the field.  I took advantage of the warm weather to burn down the grass on the banks and burn off some bean straw piles in the field in uncharacteristic comfort - a short sleeve shirt in March.  And although the calendar scared me away from working any ground, that volunteer wheat which I left in the field last fall to prevent the ground from blowing was starting to look a bit big.  So I rushed home from work,…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on March 27, 2012 at 8:42pm — 2 Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Focus On Innovation to Increase Canada’s Agricultural Productivity

By John Clement

March 23, 2012

 

Canadian agriculture has a history of great productivity gains. In fact, the publication called The Real Dirt on Farming suggests that overall agricultural productivity in Canada has increased by 300 per cent since the 1950s. Most of these productivity gains have been achieved through improved plant and animal genetics, better management of soils, plus strong strategies on pests,…

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Added by CFFO Blog on March 23, 2012 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

When Neighbours Stop by - its a good thing

The day started off with intent to make good use of this summer like weather in winter.  With spring around the corner, I have a great deal of pre-field work field work to do.  There is always a few broken tile that need repair.  I have dug up a few with the old fashioned method - the spade.  But today I hooked up the three point hitch backhoe.  This is a great tool - not too big and heavy and much easier than shovelling by hand.  So I started out by extending a culvert i dug in last year…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on March 18, 2012 at 8:58pm — 1 Comment

The CFFO Commentary: CFFO Core Policy Values

By Nathan Stevens

March 16, 2012

 

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario recently fine-tuned its core policy values. In the rapidly changing world of agriculture, it is important to take time periodically to ensure that the organization has the right priorities for its members. The process affirmed that the organization focus on three key themes when dealing with any issue.

 

First and foremost,…

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Added by CFFO Blog on March 16, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Rise of the Asian middle class and the competition for animal protein

The size of the world population is among the most significant changes for the future. There are many challenges, as the media tell us on a daily basis, but there are opportunities. The first and the main of these opportunities is the population increase itself. In the coming four decades, there will be two billion more people to feed. Never before, has humanity seen such a demand increase. This means that farmers and food suppliers do not have to worry about a lack of market opportunities.…

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Added by Christophe Pelletier on March 13, 2012 at 3:35pm — No Comments

The CFFO Commentary: Ontario needs a New Approach to handling Animal Welfare Concerns

By Nathan Stevens

March 9, 2012

 

Animal welfare is a growing concern for farmers and society. In particular, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is a topic of growing importance to farmers in Ontario. While there is no doubt that animal welfare issues are a serious concern and must be dealt with properly, the approach in Ontario when it comes to farming needs to…

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Added by CFFO Blog on March 9, 2012 at 8:33am — No Comments

Hard to work off the farm

The "slow" pace of winter months has been keeping me exceedingly busy lately.  Between getting paper work in order for tax time, learning and repairing my new to me grain header, general repairs and maintenance I must find time to work a full time job.  With todays warm weather it was like torture to read the odd tweet about other farmers using the good weather to get equipment ready.  To make maters worse, the plant lost its computer network today, so it was a bit slow at times, those times…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on March 7, 2012 at 8:05pm — 1 Comment

Twitter for Farmers - Great Ontario Twitter Accounts to Follow and Getting Started and How Twitter Can Help You on Your Farm

In this webinar from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission (@AlbertaCanola) , Rick Taillieu (@ricktlu) discusses why and how farmers are now using twitter as an important part of their business. This webinar…

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Added by OntAG Admin on March 6, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

The CFFO Commentary: The CFFO Invests in Agricultural Education

By Paul Bootsma

March 2, 2012

 

Our society recognizes that education is an important factor in achieving success in our increasingly complex global economy. The next generation will need more knowledge in order to improve the economy both locally and abroad. The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario agrees with this assessment and has initiated a new program in support of education in…

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Added by CFFO Blog on March 2, 2012 at 9:27am — 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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