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I guess nightshade doesn't get frost bite

The sight of nightshade's purplish/black berries in a "food grade" soybean crop is every producer's worst nightmare. They stain the seed and dramatically reduce the value of the crop. In theory, you would kill uncontrolled nightshade prior to harvest with either a herbicide (i.e. Reglone, glyphosate) or mother nature (i.e. a frost), the berries would drop to the ground, never go through the combine and the seed would be left unstained. Unfortunately this is a theory, and reality shows us… Continue

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 2:09pm — 3 Comments

Field Bindweed Control in the Fall

Field bindweed is an aggressive perennial weed that reduces crop yield and slows harvesting speed especially in soybeans and cereals. Eradication is impossible, but minimizing its impact in field crops is possible with a management strategy that includes a fall application of glyphosate at 1.5 L/ac (360 g/L concentration). The photo below was taken in late May of 2004 and compares field bindweed populations in the untreated… Continue

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 5:20pm — 3 Comments

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At 4:44pm on September 25, 2009, John Beardsley said…
welcome to ontag mike. hopefully we can get some good weed control discussions going on here.
 
 
 

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FCC Releases Farmland Values Mid-Year Review

The Chief Agricultural Economist with Farm Credit Canada suggests a moderate increase in the average value of farmland across Canada demonstrates the resilience of Canadian agriculture in the face of the impacts of COVIID-19.

Closing in on higher yields

What’s the starting point for a high yielding crop? Placing the seed in the most perfect environment as possible. Shawn Livingston, Precision Planting’s Regional Manager for Eastern Canada, discussed how to set up your planter to close in on those higher yields at the 2020 Great Ontario Yield Tour Virtual Final Event.

Empowering women leadership in the agriculture and agri-food sector

COVID-19 has magnified systemic issues and longstanding inequalities, and the Government of Canada is working hard to provide equal opportunities for all Canadians.

Clean Fuels Standard Misses the Mark on Biofuels

Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers, today has deep concerns about the current Clean Fuels Standard (CFS) proposed by the Canadian government, is opposed to the criteria for land use, and asks for transparency around carbon numbers and any certification processes.

Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant Application Deadline Extended to October 5

The Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program is delivering financial support to self-employed harvesters across the country who are facing hardships brought on by the economic impact of COVID-19.

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