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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Cropline Show Notes – February 20, 2015

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On this week's episode I talk with Horst Bohner about white mould management in soybeans as well as some of Horst's experience with evaluating fungicide applications at different timings and their impact on soybean yield. Topics covered and timelines: White mould management: 1 minute Th... 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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Cropline Show Notes – February 13th, 2015

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In this week's episode we talk with Greg Stewart once again, but this time about changes to the pre-side dress nitrogen test as a tool for evaluating whether to add more nitrogen at later stages of corn development. The background document for our discussion can be found here. Time: 50 seconds to 1... Continue reading
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Cropline Show Notes – February 6, 2015

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Topic: Approaches to corn fertility for the 2015 growing season. Guest: Greg Stewart, OMAFRA. Background Documents: Long Term Ontario P&K Study Points of Interest: 7 min, 30 seconds: When do you need to NOT worry about 2X2 Phosphorus and Potassium 10 min, 17 seconds: Does liquid... 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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Investigating Yield and Economic Performance of a “Build and Maintain” Fertility Approach versus a “Sufficiency” Approach in Corn: Interim Report

Investigating Yield and Economic Performance of a “Build and Maintain” Fertility Approach versus a “Sufficiency” Approach in Corn: Interim Report
Current P and K recommendations in Ontario guide crop producers to apply a rate of fertilizer that will provide the greatest potential of an economic response during the year of application. Increases in crop yields over time have resulted in higher nutrient removal rates which have decreased the ... Continue reading
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Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in 2014

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in 2014
Let's start on a positive note. We did not find any brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSB) during our corn or soybean field survey this year.  Though the eager summer students are always disappointed that they come back each year with nothing to show for their training and scouting efforts, I am al... Continue reading
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2014 Ontario Forage Crop – What Happened, Issues & Trends

2014 Ontario Forage Crop – What Happened, Issues & Trends
Forage inventories are generally more than adequate, with good spring carry-overs. With lots of rain, yields were good but it was challenging to make dry hay without rain-damage. Considerable haylage, baleage and poor to good quality hay were made. Premium “horse quality” green, dust-free 1s... Continue reading
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Does Forage Variety Testing Have A Future?

Does Forage Variety Testing Have A Future?
  Many of you are familiar with the forage variety performance brochure published annually by the Ontario Forage Crops Committee (OFCC). (www.goforages.ca) Due to recent changes to the Seeds Act, new support from producer organizations and seed companies will be needed for this third-party v... Continue reading
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Do You Need to Use Insecticide-Treated Corn and Soybean Seed?

Do You Need to Use Insecticide-Treated Corn and Soybean Seed?
Many Ontario Fields Don’t Need Neonicotinoid Treated Seeds Assess Your Risk for Early Season Insect Damage Fill out the Pest Evaluation Checklist for Corn or Soybean for your farm at ontario.ca/bx1n Use this Pest Evaluation Checklist to target the use of insecticide seed treatments on cor... Continue reading
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2014 Grain Corn Ear Mould and Vomitoxin Survey

2014 Grain Corn Ear Mould and Vomitoxin Survey
Greg Stewart, OMAFRA Corn Specialist Albert Tenuta, OMAFRA Field Crop Pathologist The OMAFRA Field Crops team has completed the survey of the 2014 Ontario corn crop to determine ear mould incidence and the occurrence of mycotoxins in the grain. These mycotoxins, particularly vomitoxin (DON) prod... Continue reading
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Scout for Western Bean Cutworm and Ear Mould Now

Scout for Western Bean Cutworm and Ear Mould Now
Author:  Jocelyn Smith, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus "Check your fields for WBC and ear rots now and consider harvesting early to stop mould growth. Adjust your combine to discard lightweight mouldy kernels and dry mouldy corn as soon as possible." If you had trouble finding Western ... Continue reading
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Fall Cutting Alfalfa

Fall Cutting Alfalfa
While cutting alfalfa in the fall is often practiced in Ontario, it does create some risk to stand health, depending on the location, stand age, harvest frequency and other factors. The decision whether to cut alfalfa should weigh these factors and the immediate need for forage against the incre... Continue reading
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