Forage Report – August 18, 2014

Forage Report - August 18, 2014
With recent rains, forage growth has been excellent. Making dry hay has been quite challenging in August, with lots of baleage being made. Forage inventories and quality are generally good in most parts of the province. Considerable wheat acres are being followed by seeding oats, Italian ryegrass,... Continue reading
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2014 Canola Harvest – Managing Crops with Varied Maturity

By Brian Hall, OMAF/MRA, Stratford Many 2014 canola crops had a markedly varied emergence. Variable soil moisture conditions, lack of rain, uneven seeding depth and/or deep seeding were all were major factors in when canola emerged this year. For growers this could mean maturity variations and ch... Continue reading
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Direct Harvest: Do you need a desiccant or a pre-harvest glyphosate?

By Brian Hall, OMAF/MRA,  Stratford Green stalks, weeds and uneven ripening can all be a problem at harvest. Late season rains following a extended dry period can often result in canola stalks staying green or result in canola regrowth further delaying harvest. Desiccants or pre-harvest glyphosa... Continue reading
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Interpreting a Detailed Manure Analysis

Interpreting a Detailed Manure Analysis
Analyzing organic amendments, such as manure, compost, digestate and biosolids, has always been recommended for macro-nutrients, but there is more to manure than just N-P-K. Significant micro-nutrients, organic matter and other elements are also present, and can reveal additional cost savings or man... Continue reading
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Workshop on Managing Weed Seeds at Harvest – August 26th, 2014 in Harrow

Workshop on Managing Weed Seeds at Harvest - August 26th, 2014 in Harrow
To Register: e-mail robert.nurse@agr.gc.ca or call 519-738-1288.... Continue reading
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Mitigating Leaf Burn: Streamer Nozzles and Dissolved Urea

28% has become the preferred nitrogen source on winter wheat in Ontario.  Application is perfectly uniform, something that seems difficult to achieve with most urea applications.  However, leaf burn is one of the main problems with 28% applications, particularly at later stages of growth.  With m... Continue reading
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Scout Edible Bean Fields for Anthracnose

Antracnose Leaf and petiole infection
The first suspect cases this season of anthracnose have been reported in white beans. This is the time of year when we typically first begin to see symptoms and is a good reminder for the need to scout your fields through to leaf drop. Anthracnose is a potentially devastating seed-borne disease ... Continue reading
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New Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus Publication

New Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus Publication
   What do we know about this new disease Soybean Vein Necrosis Virus - click on the link SVNV bulletin gfo ncsrp and find out.  We would like to thank the North Central Soybean Research Program and the Grain Farmers of Ontario for supporting OMAFRA participation in this publication as ... Continue reading
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Western Bean Cutworm Reaching Threshold in Some Fields

Either our own resident WBC populations did fine over the winter or the recent storm fronts brought in the bunch of moths from the US or a combination of the two.  But reports are coming in that fields between Thamesville and Bothwell and near Rodney have reached threshold, well, sort of. Wh... Continue reading
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Root Rot in Edible Beans – No Easy Fix

Root Rot in Edible Beans - No Easy Fix
Root rot is  becoming visually evident in many edible bean fields now that beans are entering  a more rapid vegetative growth phase and will have a high demand for water and nutrients. Pounding rains, compaction, tillage pans, poor internal drainage and soil structure are common culprits for i... Continue reading
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Cover Crops Following Cereals and Late Summer Harvested Crops

What is the best cover crop species to use following wheat and other crops harvested in late summer? Cover crops can help improve soil structure, protect the soil from erosion, feed soil life, suppress weeds, cycle nutrients, provide feed for livestock and much more. Cover crops are not a magic so... Continue reading
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Forage Report – July 21, 2014

Forage yields have been quite variable across the province. Some areas have excess hay, while others are still rebuilding inventories. Quality is generally good. The weatherman got it wrong the weekend of July 19th and considerable acres of hay were cut and rain-damaged.   Summer Seeding Al... Continue reading
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Scout Now for Rootworm Activity in Corn

Scout Now for Rootworm Activity in Corn
Authors:  Jocelyn Smith and Andrea Hitchon, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus The time to start scouting corn for corn rootworm has arrived! There are a few important objectives for scouting for rootworm injury including: scouting can help protect yield, plan control measures for next year, ... Continue reading
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Soy and Corn Fields Wanted for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Survey

Soy and Corn Fields Wanted for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Survey
We are starting our 2014 field survey for the new invasive insect pest, brown marmorated stink bug.  In particular, we are looking for corn and soybean fields that meet the criteria below.  We will scout for the pest within the first 30 rows of field (where we expect to first find the insect),... Continue reading
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Sulphur On Alfalfa

Sulphur On Alfalfa
by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, & Bonnie Ball, Soil Fertility Specialist, OMAFRA Sulphur (S) received from atmospheric sulphur dioxide emissions (acid rain) in Ontario has steadily declined by over 50% during the last 25 years. We are beginning to see yield responses in more situations w... Continue reading
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