Protecting water from manure nutrients would be a lot easier if the weather would cooperate.
Most produers know that applying manure on snow or on frozen ground is a bad idea. Nutrients don't end up where they are needed and more money is spent on compensating with commercial fertilizer.... Continue reading
With higher yields, forage inventories have been increased to more normal levels. Hay inventories carried over in the spring were extremely low, and hay prices peaked at historic highs, before softening after first- and second-cuts. Haylage and baleage inventories and quality are very good. Earl... Continue reading
by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, Jack Kyle, Pasture Specialist, & Melanie Beech, OMAF and MRA
Controlling weeds in horse pasture can be challenging. Weeds grow well in overgrazed horse pastures, so good pasture management (sacrifice paddocks, rotation, mowing, fertility, drainage, etc) go... Continue reading
Co-Authored by: Albert Tenuta, OMAF & MRA Field Crop Pathologist
The OMAF and MRA Field Crops team has recently completed a survey of the 2013 Ontario corn crop to determine ear mould incidence as well as the occurrence of mycotoxins in the grain. These mycotoxins, particularly vomitoxin (D... Continue reading
Tracey Baute, Field Crop Entomologist and Paul Kozak, Provincial Apiarist, OMAF and MRA
The issue of what is impacting honey bee health in Ontario is complex and multifaceted. There are still many unknowns and research is underway to try and address some of those factors. While there are many t... Continue reading
Author: Jocelyn Smith, Research Associate, Field Crop Pest Management
University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus
It appears that in 2013, southwestern Ontario’s hotspot areas for Western bean cutworm (WBC) (large area around Bothwell and Tilsonburg) have a significant problem in their corn fie... Continue reading
Late planting dates, low Crop Heat Unit (CHU) accumulations, and early frost may result in situations where corn is killed by frost before it reaches the normal stage of maturity and moisture for silage. Some fields planted for grain may not mature adequately for optimum yield, moisture and qu... Continue reading
Field crop stakeholders across the province are expressing a desire to be proactive in protecting pollinators from the risks associated with neonicotinoid seed insecticides.
Assessments to date point to fugitive dust (drift of neonicotinoid contaminated dust from vacuum planters) as the likely ca... Continue reading
by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, & Greg Stewart, Corn Specialist, OMAFRA
“What’s corn silage worth this year?” Grain corn prices have dropped considerably after unprecedented high prices last year, bringing corn silage prices down with them. With current grain corn and hay prices,... Continue reading
Various areas in the province received frost in September and there continues to be concern the impact subsequent frost will have on the soybean crop. The extent of injury will depend on the stage of development as well as the length of exposure to frost.
Low temperatures... Continue reading
Cold September nights can cause widespread anxiety in corn producers. The level of anxiety for most growers will be determined by the stage of maturity their grain corn crop has reached.
As temperatures drop to zero frost damage first occurs to the leaves of the corn plants. This damage will ... Continue reading
The importance of harvest moisture and maturity to corn silage quality and animal performance is often underestimated. Not only is it important to minimize fermentation dry matter and spoilage losses, it is difficult to compensate for poor forage quality in ration balancing a... Continue reading
Synopsis: Using the provincial performance trials to pick the top variety for your farm.
By now you should have looked at the wheat variety trials (www.gocereals.ca). What an AMAZING amount of information. With new information, and combined charts, which table should you actually use?
Man... Continue reading
Suggestions for keeping P in the soil/crop system and out of surface waters.
▪ Apply below the surface, in-furrow or near the seed for row crops. Side-banding produces more corn yield than seed-placed at low soil test P since a higher rate can be safely placed (80 lb P2O5/ac) than ... Continue reading
Potash levels are falling in some Ontario fields according to soil and tissue samples.
K depletion is often a result of not fully accounting for K removal during forage years of the rotation. 3 years of alfalfa can remove more than 900 lb K2O /ac (Table 1). That’s 1500 lb/ac of muriate of p... Continue reading