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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

Added by Mike Cowbrough 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

Added by Mike Cowbrough on October 1, 2009 at 5:20pm — 3 Comments

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

Peeling back the plastic from greenhouse cucumbers

No one is more excited than Dino DiLaudo to be pitching cucumbers free from plastic wrap to retail clients. Based in Leamington, Ontario, Westmoreland Topline Farms is the first in Canada to launch greenhouse-grown cucumbers sprayed with an edible, tasteless protective coating derived from plant material.

Financial fitness, transition and mental wellness: Top tips for farmers

What do financial independence, transition planning and mental wellness have in common? They’re all on the minds of Canadian farmers. Three experts share their thoughts.

Government of Canada launches consultations on the development of the Pan-Canadian Genomics Strategy

Over the past years, Canada has built renowned world-class strength in genomics research. This, along with our strong public health care system, diverse ecosystems, and abundant natural resources and food sectors, has positioned Canada as a leader in genomics technologies and innovations.

Farmers embracing technology, sustainable practices and direct-to-consumer sales

Canada’s farms are increasingly sustainable and high-tech and they’re modernizing rapidly to adapt to the changing world.

Pork Producers Around the World Expected to Benefit from Lawsonia Intracellularis Vaccine Research

Pork producers around the world are expected to be the main beneficiaries of research aimed at developing new subunit vaccines to protect pigs from Lawsonia intracellularis.

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