Soybean Aphid Scouting Begins

Soybean Aphid Scouting Begins
First flower open on soybeans means that they have reached the R1 stage. From this stage until the start of R6, where the pods on the top few nodes of the plant are filled with a swollen seed, soybean aphid thresholds kick in. A few fields were colonized earlier this spring but for the most part ... Continue reading
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Cover Crop Options for 2015

There are many opportunities to include cover crops in the rotation. The goal is to keep the soil covered with at least 30% crop, cover crop or residue, 100% of the time. A second goal is to have living roots in the soil as much as possible. Research at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus has sho... Continue reading
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Exeter Ag Breakfast – June 23

Thanks to Pioneer for sponsoring Breakfast. Chair for this meeting was Aric Bos. These meetings have been a great success because of your attendance and participation.  Thank you to all those who took the time to participate in 2015.  All the best for the rest of the growing season. Rainfall wa... Continue reading
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Precision Ag Advancement in Ontario – Grain Farmers Ontario – Spring Update

Precision Ag Advancement in Ontario - Grain Farmers Ontario - Spring Update
In 2013, Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) met with a number of farm service companies and producers to discuss what obstacles exist to farmers getting started with precision agriculture techniques. The group created a list of research ... Continue reading
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ON Forage Report – June 25, 2015

ON Forage Report - June 25, 2015
Wet, rainy weather has continued since June 6th in most parts of the province, making haying a challenge. Considerable amounts of quality haylage and baleage have been made before the rains and in between showers. However, to date only small amounts of quality dry hay have been made. Yields repo... Continue reading
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Canola- Should You Apply a Fungicide? Judge the Risk

Canola- Should You Apply a Fungicide?  Judge the Risk
OCGA’s yield challenge has continued to push the canola yield boundry, with yields of 3,000– 4,000 lb/ac being achieved by REAL canola growers! Added attention to management will be rewarded with more consistent top  yields. Sclerotinia is one of the biggest threats to your canola yield. A... Continue reading
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Re-Spraying Weeds in Non-GMO soybeans

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Dealing with weed escapes in non-GMO or "identity preserved" soybeans can be challenging because many of the herbicides available don't control a large spectrum of weeds nor will the handle larger weeds the way that glyphosate does in a glyphosate tolerant (RR) soybean crop. I have summarized the... Continue reading
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Forage Report – June 18, 2015

Forage Report - June 18, 2015
  Heavy rains and wet soils since June 6th have delayed haying operations. Considerable amounts of quality haylage and baleage were made, but the weather must clear before much haying can resume. Initial yield reports were quite variable, with some very disappointing yields being reported in wes... Continue reading
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Central Ontario Crop Consultant’s Meeting – June 16, 2015

Central Ontario Crop Consultant's Meeting - June 16, 2015
Synopsis Extremely wet conditions across many areas, especially through Huron-Perth and areas to the south where up to 8 inches (200 mm) have fallen in the last 8 days. Biggest field work challenges now are weed control in soybeans, fungicide application in wheat, side-dress nitrogen application ... Continue reading
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Exeter Ag Breakfast Meeting – June 9th

Chair for this meeting was Joanna Wallace Chair for the final meeting of this spring on June 23rd will be Aric Bos Thanks to Syngenta for sponsoring lunch Synopsis: Lots of rain reported in this region. Most areas received at least 2 inches while some reported up to 6.5 inches over a 3... Continue reading
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ASSESSING CANOLA PLANTING PERFORMANCE

ASSESSING CANOLA PLANTING PERFORMANCE
Maximizing the potential yield of your canola begins with proper stand establishment. So 14-30 days after seeding your canola is a good time  to go and assess  your canola stands and the job of seeding. This will not only help to observe any problems, but give you some feedback on drill perfor... Continue reading
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Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – June 3, 2015

Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes - June 3, 2015
Synopsis: Weed control options for all crops were a main topic of discussion. Dry weather and/or busy planting schedule have resulted in weedy fields looking for post emerge options. Re-planting and field assessments resulting from May 23/24 frost damage was also discussed. Much needed rain was welc... Continue reading
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2015 Ontario Soil N Survey

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Co-author Ken Janovicek, University of Guelph. Background The OMAFRA field crop unit in collaboration with farm cooperators, agribusiness and SGS-AgriFood Labs conducted the annual survey of soil nitrate nitrogen levels across the province from June 3rd to June 5th, sampling over 130 fields.... Continue reading
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Forage Report – June 11, 2015

Forage Report - June 11, 2015
With recent storms and heavy rains this week, haying has been placed on hold. Yields are quite variable, with some very disappointing yields being reported in western and central Ontario (60 - 100% of normal). Yields are closer to normal (85- 100%) in eastern Ontario. Dry weather in late-April ... Continue reading
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Integrated Fusarium head blight management: Employing all the tools

Fusarium head blight continues to be of significant economic concern in Ontario as well as other provinces. Although new tools have helped, it is not realistic to expect a single cultural or management practice to effectively manage this devastating disease alone. The integration of the various cult... Continue reading
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