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Scouting And Managing Tough Weeds: Canada Fleabane.

Started by OntAG Admin

0 Aug 14, 2016

Chicken Manure additive for Sunflower crop

We are relatively new to farming.  Soil testing says we need phosphorus and potassium for sunflower crop. We found a source for chicken man…

Started by Brad Daily

0 Jul 10, 2015

Help answer survey questions on Neonicotinoid's for a class project for my Agribusiness program at Olds College

Hello everyone, I'm doing a class project for my Innovation class at Olds College in the Agribusiness program. I am from Ontario and I know…

Started by Shaylin Ferguson

0 Nov 25, 2014

ATTN Farmers! Let's see your #YieldSelfie - A photo of you, a sign with bu/a, crop type and location, you pick the background

Tweet out or post on this chat thread a photo including: You a sign/card to show your bu/a, crop type and location you pick the background…

Started by OntAG Admin

0 Oct 8, 2014

Anyone running 20" row soybeans?

Anyone running 20" row soybeans?  It's our first year in 20"; curious about the different populations guys are running - Rick Willis, Maids…

Started by OntAG Admin

2 Oct 7, 2014

How were everyone's wheat yields and quality?

We finished wheat a couple of weeks ago. Yields were just not there this year, likely tough winter and wet, cool spring. Looks like we had…

Started by Roadrunner

0 Aug 10, 2014

UPOV 91, Do you think the new seed rules will help improve profitability of wheat?

Steve Denys shares the point of view from the Seed industry on why the new act will help increase research and breeding in crops such as wh…

Started by OntAG Admin

0 Feb 2, 2014

High Corn Yield Tips From Winners at Ontario Corn Yield Challenge Event.

The Farms.com team had a lot of fun talking to some of the winning farmers about how they were able to produce such high corn yields.   DuP…

Started by Joe Dales

3 Jan 21, 2014
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Corn Yields: How did the hybrids you grew this year perform? Were you satisfied? Post your yields here.

Thanks for visiting.  We wanted to provide a forum where corn yield results and agronomic feedback could be posted and shared.  Ideally peo…

Started by OntAG Admin

3 Nov 27, 2013
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Video: OFA Research on BioMass Purpose Grown Crops. What would it take to get you to grow some new crop type?

What questions do you have before you would investigate some of these alternative crop opportunities?The revenue and cost of production bus…

Started by Joe Dales

0 Nov 22, 2013

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Ontario Asparagus Spearheads Spring Season

Spring has sprung, and so has Ontario's fresh local asparagus. Ontario asparagus farmers are working hard harvesting this year's crop for Ontarians to enjoy at their dinner tables.

Is It Time to Switch to Earlier Maturing Soybean Varieties?

The spring of 2019 has been unprecedented with excess rainfall and cool temperatures. This has significantly delayed soybean planting. When does it become necessary to switch to earlier maturing soybean varieties? There has been a trend in modern soybean production to plant early and to use long season varieties to achieve higher yields. This strategy has proven effective when soil conditions allow for early planting, but it’s also changed perceptions of what a “normal” planting date is for soybeans. When soybeans first gained popularity in Ontario over 50 years ago it was considered normal to wait until the May 24th weekend before seeding. This idea stemmed from the fact that soybeans cannot tolerate a killing frost once emerged. Soybeans are also a subtropical species and thrive under warm conditions. It was considered ideal to see soybeans twice in one week. First as seed in the planter, then as emerged seedlings within 7 days of planting. This will only happen under warm soil condi

Simcoe Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting Minutes – May 22, 2019

It was a small group in attendance at the Simcoe breakfast meeting this week. Some may have been busy with field work, but overall things are still moving slowly across the region and may not be moving at all on heavy soils that remain wet. Those in attendance reported that producers are optimistic planting will begin in a big way this coming weekend, or maybe into next week. While we are looking for more heat to move the winter wheat along and dry out fields for planting corn and soybeans, it is a good thing we do not see very high heat in the short-term forecast, which can bake the soil surface and trap moisture below on heavy ground.

Ontario Field Crop Report – Week of May 23rd, 2019

Weather patterns have been variable, leading to regional differences in progress on planting and crop growth. Soils continue to remain unfit for field operations in large parts of the province, especially in much of the southwest and parts of eastern Ontario (figure 1). A few pockets have had windows of opportunity to catch up on cultivation, fertilizer spreading, and planting.

Airblast Spraying in Poor Conditions

For many airblast operators, the spring of 2019 has been very difficult. The frequency and duration of rain events has left limited opportunity for orchard sprays. Even then, the periods between rains are transitions between warm and moist conditions and cold fronts, which makes wind gusty and changeable. These same periods leave wet alleys prone to rutting and compaction, and conditions that favour spraying may also favour pollinator activity.

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