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John Vanderspank replied to Brent Royce's discussion OASC
"Unforrtionatly agriculture is bankrupt of any form of leadership.... OFA and Commodity Boards."
Mar 20, 2010
John Vanderspank replied to Wayne Black's discussion OFA opposes solar farm installations on farmland
"Scares the crap out of me when we give a foreign company 80+ cents per kilowatt and then charge roughly 8cents/kw. Wont take long for hydro rates to skyrocket."
Jan 27, 2010
John Vanderspank left a comment for John Vanderspank
"Its all good here Martin. How are things with you. Corn any good out your way. John"
Jan 11, 2010
John Vanderspank replied to Wayne Black's discussion OFA opposes solar farm installations on farmland
"Once again OFA talks big but doesnt back it up. They seem to absent in the fight to stop just such a farm in eastern ontario. Farmers have been fighting on their own."
Jan 11, 2010
Martin ROTH left a comment for John Vanderspank
"Hi John its Martin Roth How are you?"
Jan 11, 2010
John Vanderspank and Wayne Black are now friends
Jan 6, 2010
John Vanderspank is now a member of Ontario Agriculture
Jan 4, 2010

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At 5:36pm on January 11, 2010, John Vanderspank said…
Its all good here Martin. How are things with you. Corn any good out your way. John
At 4:54pm on January 11, 2010, Martin ROTH said…
Hi John its Martin Roth How are you?

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

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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