Conditions: More rainfall in region south and east of Ottawa over the April 12th weekend. Fields are generally saturated. Upper Ottawa Valley has drier conditions. Moisture from snow melt got away with very little ponding in most areas.
Alfalfa: Winter survival looks good to date. Alfalfa has 2 ... Continue reading
Posted in Cereals, Corn, Forage Production, In-Season Crop Reports, Pest Management, Soybeans
Tagged alfalfa, corn, forage, forages, resistance, soybean, weed, wheat
Porcine Epicemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) will result in additional challenges for everyone involved in agricultural custom work. Awareness, communication and precautionary measures will go a long way in reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
Going into spring planting season requires every... Continue reading
Issues this year will be managing temperature in furrow, and wet soils. A comparison of soil temperatures at 2 and 4” deep in Lampton county over the past 5 years (courtesy of Geoff Smith of Agricorp) shows snowmelt followed by cold temperatures caused a notable drop in mid-March. Given that soi... Continue reading
April 15, 2014
Malibu Restaurant, Exeter
Chair for this meeting was Jim Morlock
Chair for next meeting is Blair Chowen
Synopsis: An estimated 60% of the winter wheat crop will be under seeded with red clover. Less than 10% complete to the north, up to 50% complete in this area. Virtually no nitr... Continue reading
There continues to be some mixed messaging going on in terms of when and where Bayer Fluency Agent must be used this growing season.
Here are the facts as stated by PMRA. NOTE the exceptions below:
1) The mandatory use of Fluency Agent only applies when planting corn and soybeans. All other ... Continue reading
According to the University of Guelph's testing lab for herbicide resistant weeds, 86% of all submissions sent from the 2013 season were resistant to a particular herbicide that had historically been effective. A total of 29 samples were tested with one unprecedented sample having five species (pigw... Continue reading
Note: New Location for Ridgetown AgBreakfast Meeting is the Campus Centre in the basement of Willson Hall, 7:15 am (U of Guelph Ridgetown Campus). A big thank-you to our Breakfast sponsor this week “St. Clair Region Soil and Crop Improvement Association” and Chad Anderson for their support. ... Continue reading
Red Clover underseeded in spring wheat paid up to an extra $100 an acre in Grain Corn! A four year study at the Winchester Research Farm started in 2009 was initiated to look at the effect of underseeding red clover in spring wheat at different growth stages and its impact on spring wheat yield and... Continue reading
Many people are assuming that pests won't be a problem this year given the long and very cold winter we had. Though overall there could be a reduction in pest populations, this is not necessarily true for all of our key pests. Some of them are quite tolerant to harsh winters and deal with it bet... Continue reading
The 2014-2015 Guide to Weed Control, OMAF/MRA Publication 75 can be downloaded by clicking on the cover pages below. I prefer to use the kindle app to find information in this guide as it has a very slick table of contents feature that allows you to navigate through the book very easily.
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Posted in Canola, Cereals, Corn, Dry Edible Beans, Forage Production, Pest Management, Soybeans
Tagged 2014, 2015, guide to weed contro, herbicides, pub 75
This post discusses some of the results from one of the variable rate nitrogen trials on an Oxford County corn field. The background on this trial can be found in an earlier post. This farm was recently purchased so the producer had very little history, one year of yield data, and elevation was ... Continue reading
Wheat yields pushing 150 bu/ac are very possible with good management and increased nitrogen (N) rates. Recent research clearly shows an interaction between fungicides and nitrogen. But high nitrogen rates immediately raises questions about lodging, nitrogen source, and application timing. Whe... Continue reading
In order to mitigate risk of dust exposure to bees, Ontario stakeholders believe that practical initiatives to reduce dust released during planting should be considered. This includes the use of an improved seed lubricant and the use of planter deflectors, in order to minimize pollinator exposure.
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We are looking for OSCIA members who are interested in planting on-farm strip trials of neonicotinoid and fungicide only corn seed this year. Key objectives include: 1) gaining a better understanding of where the important soil insects are in Ontario corn fields so that we can develop high risk ma... Continue reading
Results of a variable rate corn population trial in Oxford County conducted during the 2013 season are presented below. In an earlier post we talked about the importance of reviewing as-applied maps. This field had several years of historical yield data which over time can be used to create manag... Continue reading