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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DRY BEAN REPORT

DRY BEAN REPORT
SYNOPSIS Majority of edible beans are in late vegetative to early flowering.  The crop in many areas looks excellent. Recent heavy rains and saturated soils raises the risk of white mould, anthracnose in white and black beans and root rot.  Leafhopper populations have been low up to now. Whi... Continue reading
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Should You Apply a Fungicide for Sclerotinia in Canola

Should You Apply a Fungicide for Sclerotinia in Canola
This spring’s challenging planting conditions has resulted in quite a few of uneven canola stands with both reduced  populations and delayed emergence. This has  some growers weighing the merits of applying a fungicide this season.  Sclerotinia incidence varies greatly between fields and year... Continue reading
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Does spraying Bt corn for Western bean cutworm make sense?

Does spraying Bt corn for Western bean cutworm make sense?
Author: Jocelyn Smith, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus Growers in the high WBC risk areas (sandy soils) saw heavy infestations of WBC in 2013 and many were surprised by the survival and amount of damage by WBC on Bt corn. Bt corn hybrids that express the Cry 1F insecticidal protein such as... Continue reading
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Forage Report – July 3, 2014

Forage Report - July 3, 2014
Some first-cut horse hay is still to be made while many will start second-cut dairy haylage soon. Harvest schedules are delayed behind normal, especially in western Ontario. This may make taking a fourth-cut more difficult. Hay making weather has generally been good, but some hay has been rain-damag... Continue reading
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Ontario Forage Expo – July 8th

Tuesday July 8, 2014 - 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wrico Holsteins, 2064 Russell Road, Midhurst, near Barrie Field Demonstrations of the latest innovations in forage harvest equipment - discbines, tedders, rakes, mergers, harvesters, large round & square balers, wrappers, etc. http://bit.l... Continue reading
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Forage Options Following Wheat

Forage Options Following Wheat
With winterkill, winter injury and low first-cut yields in many parts of Ontario as well as higher land costs, there is interest in following winter wheat and other cereals with a forage crop to help supplement inventories. Not only can this approach produce some extra feed, it also provides... Continue reading
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Italian Ryegrass Forage Options

Italian Ryegrass Forage Options
Italian ryegrass can produce very high quality, leafy, palatable forage suitable for high producing dairy cows. As a cool-season bunch grass, it is best adapted to cool, moist conditions. It does not grow as well in hot, dry summer weather. In Ontario it has been seeded in early spring (April, e... Continue reading
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Forage Report – June 26, 2014

Forage Report - June 26, 2014
First-cut haying continues while some 2nd cut dairy haylage will start soon. Hay making weather was generally good in early June, but some more recent storms have rain-damaged some hay. Rains will help 2nd cut regrowth. Yields have been quite variable, ranging from good in eastern Ontario to som... Continue reading
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Southwest Crop Diagnostic Days – Ridgetown – Wednesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 10

Come join us at the 20th SWCDD - Ridgetown - July 9th and July 10th. Visit the SWCDD website at www.diagnosticdays.ca for all the details. Register today! Please be reminded that registration will close on Monday, June 30th.... Continue reading
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Forage Report – June 19, 2014

Forage Report - June 19, 2014
First-cut continues with variable yields. Yields are generally good in eastern Ontario. In western Ontario areas where alfalfa winterkill and injury occurred, stands are thin, with many reported yields at 50 – 80% of normal. This has created some concern about producing adequate forage supplie... Continue reading
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