Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – May 20, 2015

Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes  - May 20, 2015
Synopsis: Corn planting is virtually complete and soybean planting is between 75 to 80% complete. Earliest planted wheat is at flag leaf stage, while rye is heading. Frost last week did not have any significant impact for field crops. Growers are finding it challenging to keep up with weed control a... Continue reading
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Central Ontario Crop Consultant’s Meeting Minutes – May 19th, 2015

Synopsis: A tremendous amount of field work has taken place over the past couple of weeks. Corn planting is 90-95% complete, soybean planting is 70% complete. Corn emergence has been good.  Soil conditions and moisture up to now have been excellent. Concern now is planting into dry soil conditio... Continue reading
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Watch for Black Cutworm Injury

Watch for Black Cutworm Injury
Some US states to our south have been reporting high numbers of black cutworm moths in their pheromone traps and are starting to see some black cutworm injury in newly emerging corn fields.  These moths are carried into Ontario via storm fronts. Once they arrive the adult moths look for weedy p... Continue reading
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Ridgetown AgBreakfast Meeting Minutes – May 19, 2015

Ridgetown AgBreakfast Meeting Minutes - May 19, 2015
Ag Breakfast Meeting Ridgetown – May 19, 2015 Willson Hall, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, 120 Main St. East. Ridgetown. This week’s Breakfast courtesy of DuPont Pioneer while last meeting breakfast sponsored by Dekalb Brand Seeds. Synopsis: Dry conditions continue throughout m... Continue reading
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ON Forage Report – May 21, 2015

ON Forage Report - May 21, 2015
Soil moisture levels are variable across the province, with some areas having adequate moisture with good forage growth, while others with little rain are dry with shorter than normal stands. Grass growth has been more affected by the dry weather than the alfalfa. Many alfalfa stands harvested durin... Continue reading
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Pest Manager App available for download

I often carry 5 or 6 scouting and management guides with me when walking fields to determining what pests are present and how to control them, if necessary. I find lugging these books around inconvenient and inefficient, especially when I leave the book I need in another vehicle or at home. The p... Continue reading
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ON Forage Report – May 14, 2015

ON Forage Report - May 14, 2015
With warmer temperatures and recent rains, the alfalfa and grass growth and development is now advancing rapidly, despite a slow start in early April. Older, less healthy stands are beginning to become yellow with dandelions. Many fields that were fall cut are seeing delayed growth that will likely... Continue reading
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Winchester AgBreakfast Minutes May 12, 2015

Corn Leaf Stages
Conditions: Warm, sunny and dry conditions over the last 2 weeks were ideal for field work. Timely rains May 10-12 brought 20 mm (5 to 50 mm) of welcome precipitation across eastern Ontario. With most of the cereals, new forage seedings, corn and part of the soybean acreage seeded/planted between Ap... Continue reading
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Exeter Ag Breakfast Meeting – May 12

Special thanks to Agri-Food Labs for sponsoring breakfast. Chair: Eric Richter (author of minutes) Chair for next meeting will be Jeremy O’Shea Synopsis: A tremendous amount of field work has taken place over the last 2 weeks. Field work is ahead of where it has been for the last number ... Continue reading
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Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – May 6, 2015

Synopsis: An optimism that has been missing from the past few spring planting seasons; field work has started everywhere and planting is occurring into soils that have worked into a mellow seedbed. Less than ideal wheat crops are being kept for rotation purposes (fewer soybeans) and promise of excel... Continue reading
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Central Ontario Crop Consultant’s Meeting Minutes – May 5th, 2015

Synopsis:  Additional acres of winter wheat that were on the 'watch list' have been taken out of production. Overall loss of acres is estimated at 10-15% across the area. Corn planting is over 40-50% complete into good soil conditions. Concern with rainfall to activate pre-emerge herbicides. For... Continue reading
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ON Forage Report – May 6, 2015

ON Forage Report - May 6, 2015
Alfalfa has generally over-wintered very well, but there are scattered reports from across the province of some winterkill and winter injury. The normally higher risk area of the Ottawa Valley seems to have minimal (less than 10%) winterkill issues. Winter injury is observed more commonly in old... Continue reading
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Planting Neonic Treated Corn or Soys? Don’t Forget the Fluency Agent

Those planting neonicotinoid treated corn or soybean seed with a vacuum planter that requires a seed flow lubricant MUST use Fluency Agent.  Talc or graphite are not permitted. Exceptions include: 1.  planters that don't need seed flow lubricant (i.e. you don't have to start using fluency ag... Continue reading
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Winchester AgBreakfast Minutes – April 28, 2015

Geese Feeding Simulation Trial
Conditions: Below average temperatures persisted throughout most of April. At Ottawa, approximately 100 CHU and 65 mm of rain were accumulated in April. Soils dried slowly and field activity only picked up during the last few days of April. Forages: Alfalfa winter survival is excellent, generally... Continue reading
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Exeter Ag Breakfast Meeting Minutes, April 28

Chair for this meeting was Steve Johns. Chair for next meeting will be Eric Richter.     Synopsis: Considerable spring cereal acreage has now been seeded, although not as much as intended.  Hopefully the weather stays dry so that growers can finish up with cereals this week.  Some oat ... Continue reading
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