Cropline Podcast – April 10th and 16th

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Two for the price of one in this week's posting. The April 10th episode discusses management strategies for perennial sow-thistle and field horsetail in corn, soybean and edible beans. The April 16th posting deals with a few questions and then I provide a preview of "The Word - with Wheat Pet... Continue reading
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Winchester AgBreakfast Minutes – April 14, 2015

Winchester AgBreakfast Minutes - April 14, 2015
Conditions: Moderate temperatures at the end of winter, combined with limited precipitation minimized spring water runoff and soil erosion. Soil is drying slowly, allowing for only limited field activity to date. Alfalfa: Winter survival generally looks excellent. Alfalfa has 1 to 2 inches of new... Continue reading
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National Soil Conservation Week April 19th to 25th, 2015

National Soil Conservation Week April 19th to 25th, 2015
National Soil Conservation Week runs from April 19th to 25th, 2015. Soil conservation for many years focused on protecting the soil from wind and water erosion. Today the soil is seen as an integral part of the larger environmental picture. Soil conservation is now directly linked with water quality... Continue reading
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Exeter Ag Breakfast Meeting

April 14, 2015 Malibu Restaurant, Exeter Chair for this meeting was David Townsend.  Chair for next meeting is Steve Johns.  The meeting on May 12 will be chaired by Eric Richter. There was an excellent turnout to the first meeting of the 2015 growing season. Thank you to all those who at... Continue reading
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Ridgetown Breakfast Meeting Minutes, April 7, 2015

Synopsis: Very little field work has been done to date. There is still frost in the ground below 4” especially where there are significant crop residues present. The snow melted without any significant rainfall so there was very little ponding of water on wheat and very little freeze thaw. 50 to 7... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – April 2, 2015

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Well...I'm a little light on show notes this week. I ran out of time. At the beginning there are answers to questions on manure, split nitrogen application timing on winter wheat, soybeans inoculant and seed treatments. Then I talk with Dr. Peter Sikkema about managing glyphosate resistant Canada fl... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – March 26, 2015

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Topics on this week's episode: Frost Seeding Barley Germ Test for Corn No-till corn planter setup Sulphur on Alfalfa I was asked to provide a run down of new or recently available herbicides and co-packs. Frankly there are a lot of product names, but really not a lot of truly ne... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – March 19, 2015

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On this week's episodes we follow up with some questions from last week and I provide a game plan for yellow nutsedge. Stay tuned for next week's show notes where I break down new(ish) herbicide programs. Reference Material: Soil fertility handbook: Nitrification stabilizers (page 159-160... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – March 13, 2015

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On this week's episode I'm joined by Peter Johnson, and independent crop consultant and we discuss nitrogen timing on wheat and the use of growth regulators. We also discuss the contributions of corn specialist, Greg Stewart, to Ontario Agriculture. Reference material for the topics covered. E... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – March 5th

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This week we start of answering a number of questions, I then summarize a presentation on high yield soybean production I took in this past week at the University of Guelph (if you want to see the full presentation, see below). Red Clover Seed Production in Ontario FL3-Producing red clover s... Continue reading
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Making the Most of Your On-Farm Trials

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A well-planned and run on-farm trial is a great way to test new ideas, products, and equipment. But, to provide meaningful information, even a simple on-farm trial takes time to plan and carry-out. For an on-farm trial to provide useful information, two basic requirements need to be met. First, t... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – February 27, 2015

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I talk with Aaron Breimer, a precision ag specialist with Veritas and we discuss the low hanging fruit that he has seen give the best return on investment with precision agriculture. Plus I answer questions on weeds, soybeans and crop rotations. Timeline 1)  - Precision Ag talk 2) 12 m... Continue reading
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Job Ad – Summer Student Field Crop Assistant

Organization:         Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Division/Branch:   Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch Position Title:         Field Crop Assistant (8 positions) Job Term:                  Tempor... Continue reading
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Evaluating Soybean Fungicide Timing and Tankmixes

White mould was present at 2 of the 3 research sites in 2014
Over the last 10 years there has been increased interest in applying foliar fungicides to soybeans in Ontario. Liquid in-furrow fungicide application is also now being used in more US states on soybeans. Many trials have been conducted in Ontario to assess the yield and seed quality benefits of foli... Continue reading
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Verifying a Pre-Sidedress Soil Nitrate Threshold Test for Evaluating Nitrogen Top-Up Needs

Verifying a Pre-Sidedress Soil Nitrate Threshold Test for Evaluating Nitrogen Top-Up Needs
Purpose: Pre-sidedress soil nitrate test (PSNT) provide a means of estimating soil nitrogen supply, and can aid producers in fine-tuning their nitrogen application rates for corn. One drawback of current soil nitrate tests is that they are only calibrated for situations where all of the nitrogen be... Continue reading
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