Neonic Regulation Requirements “To Do List”

I'm big on "To Do Lists".  Some may even say I am obsessed with them. But they help me get things done. With the 2016 growing season approaching, it is a good time to review what the requirements are for using Class 12 pesticides (neonic treated corn and soybean seeds) in Ontario.  Here is a "To D... Continue reading
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Job Ad – Summer Field Crop Technician

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch Position Title:    Field Crop Technician Job Term:      Temporary for 18 weeks Salary:      $11.85 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week Posting Date: Janu... Continue reading
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2016 EASTERN ONTARIO CROP CONFERENCE – Thursday, February 18th, 2016

2016 EASTERN ONTARIO CROP CONFERENCE For more details and to register: www.eastontcropconference.ca Thursday, February 18th, 2016 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm North Grenville Municipal Centre, 285 County Rd.44, Kemptville ON K0G 1J0... Continue reading
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Agriculture apps worth checking out

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At this year's SouthWest Agriculture Conference and the FarmSmart Conference, Peter Gredig (AgNition, and cash-crop farmer in Elgin County) and I demoed a bunch of different apps that we feel have value for many farming operations. Below is the list of apps (in no particular order) that were shown ... Continue reading
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Do you want to increase your crop yields by 10-15%? Plant a windbreak!

Do you want to increase your crop yields by 10-15%? Plant a windbreak!
Did you know that windbreaks: increase crop yield, improve soil moisture distribution over fields and reduce soil loss? provide shade and shelter for livestock? minimize spray drift and odours? decrease the amount of snow drift onto driveways and roads? enhance biodiversity and wildlife ... Continue reading
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Software Program Helps Ontario Farmers Prevent Soil Erosion

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) is a software program designed to help farmers estimate the potential for soil erosion under different land management and cropping practices. The software overcomes many of the limitations of the previous USLE equation. The Ontario Ministry of Ag... Continue reading
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Steel in the field

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I recently was asked if I knew of any good resources for farmers wishing to reduced herbicide use or transition to organic production. My favourite is called "Steel in the field - a farmer's guide to weed management tools" Edited by Greg Bowman and published by the Sustainable Agriculture Network. I... Continue reading
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Carbon: Nitrogen Ratios of Organic Amendments

Carbon: Nitrogen Ratios of Organic Amendments
“Carbon to nitrogen ratio imbalance” is a term used to describe a type of nitrogen deficiency. A field recently had pulp and paper biosolids applied.  The newly planted crop looked great, until the seedlings ran out of seed reserves and started utilizing soil nutrients. The crop then turned a... Continue reading
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Neonics and What Corn and Soybean Growers Need to Know Now

As of July 1, 2015, new requirements for buying and using neonicotinoid-treated corn and/or soybean seed are being phased in to allow growers to adapt to new requirements. This fall (2015) – to prepare for the 2016 growing season Required for Seed Order  To purchase and plant 50% or less of... Continue reading
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FREE Online Tutorials to Help You Use the Agricultural Information Atlas!

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) developed a series of tutorials to help you use the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA). The tutorials provide step-by-step instructions on a range of topics – from the basics of navigating through the application to creating specific m... Continue reading
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Additional Teleconference/Webinar sessions on the new NNI-treated corn and soybean seed requirements

As of July 1, 2015 there are new regulatory requirements for Ontario corn and soybean growers to buy and use neonicotinoid treated corn and/or soybean seed. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) held several regional information sessions in late August and early September 2... Continue reading
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Regional Sessions on the New NNI-treated Corn and Soybean Seed Requirements

As of July 1, 2015 there are new regulatory requirements for Ontario corn and soybean growers to buy and use neonicotinoid treated corn and/or soybean seed. Attend a regional information session to learn about the new requirements. Regional Information Sessions: In Person (English sessions) ... Continue reading
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Western Bean Cutworm – Still Scout Corn and Now Dry Beans Too

Western Bean Cutworm - Still Scout Corn and Now Dry Beans Too
Trap counts are still quite high this week in Ontario which indicates that peak flight hasn't plateaued yet.  So there is likely still lots of egg laying happening.  Moths will prefer to lay eggs in later planted corn that is still in pre to early tassel stages or will find dry bean fields nearby.... Continue reading
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Which Stink Bug is it?

Which Stink Bug is it?
Lots of people have been sending in pics of eggs, nymphs or adult stink bugs and asking which stink bug it is. So I thought I'd try to help sort them out for you. There are predatory stink bugs and then there are plant feeding stink bugs. It is important to make sure you can ID the good ones from... Continue reading
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Checked Soybeans for Aphids Lately? You Should

Checked Soybeans for Aphids Lately? You Should
With the exception of the last few hot days, these slightly cooler than norm July temps are ideal for soybean aphid development. They can double their populations in a matter of days when temperatures are moderate. There haven't been many reports of threshold levels being found in the fields so I am... Continue reading
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