Exeter Agribusiness Minutes

Exeter Agribusiness Minutes April 26, 2016 Malibu Restaurant, Exeter Chair for this meeting was Eric Richter Thank you to Syngenta for sponsoring breakfast. The next meeting will be on May 10th starting at 7:00 am for breakfast (meeting starts at 7:30).  Meetings finish no later than 9:00... Continue reading
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Great Time to Scout for Wireworms and Grubs

Great Time to Scout for Wireworms and Grubs
Now is a great time to scout for wireworms and grubs. With the recent warm weather, soil temperatures have reached 10oC, which means that wireworm baits will be most effective right now and grubs will also be feeding close the soil surface. How much time there is to scout for these pests depends... Continue reading
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Annual rye-grass and clover sensitivity to soil applied corn herbicides

Corn shown in October with a inter-seeded annual rye-grass and crimson clover that was seeded at the 7-8 leaf over stage of corn
by: Dr. Darren Robinson (University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus) and Mike Cowbrough (OMAFRA) There is interest in inter-seeding annual ryegrass and clover into corn (Figure 1). Research studies have been done in the United States and Canada to determine the tolerance of cover crops to variou... Continue reading
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What Growers Can Do to Mitigate Dust Drift at Planting

What Growers Can Do to Mitigate Dust Drift at Planting
Before this brief cold wet weather some planting got started over the last week in some areas. The warmer weather had brought spring on into full bloom including dandelions, coltsfoot and some trees including maples, willows, popular and even fruit trees. With the flowers come the bees to forage, se... Continue reading
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for Corn and Soybeans

  Online and In-Class course offered for FREE until August 31, 2016.  Starting on August 31, 2016, successful completion of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Course for Corn and Soybeans will be required in order to purchase or plant neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed. Follow... Continue reading
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Manipulator Use on the 2016 Ontario Wheat Crop

Earlier this year, Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) and the Ontario Agri Business Association (OABA) were involved in broad industry discussions regarding the implications of using ManipulatorTM, a plant growth regulator, in the 2016 wheat crop.  ManipulatorTM is not registered for use in the United ... Continue reading
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Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – April 20, 2016

  Spring Planting Update: No tillage activity on the fine-textured clay soils Some tillage, manure application and fertilizer application to sandy and loamy fields Very little planting to date – a few acres of corn planted around Embro, Thamesford, Drumbo, Tillsonburg and sandy ... Continue reading
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FIELD CROP REPORT – APRIL 22nd, 2016

FIELD CROP REPORT - APRIL 22nd, 2016
Winter Wheat: The winter wheat crop looks excellent.  There is lots of growth with excellent yield potential.  There is a fear that putting on too much nitrogen at once will cause stem elongation and lodging. Some farmers have opted to split apply nitrogen to reduce the risk of lodging. A foliar... Continue reading
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Episode 6 – OMAFRA Field Crop Update

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This week's update investigates the causes of purple wheat leaves, how we should manage herbicide applications during periods of cold air temperatures and an update on corn planting progress in the province with a refresher on planting depth. Tell a friend about the OMAFRA field crop update and s... Continue reading
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Ridgetown Ag Breakfast Meeting Minutes – April 19, 2016

  Breakfast Sponsor: Thanks from the group to “Roger Bourassa – Dupont Canada“ Synopsis:  The quote of the week comes from Alan McCallum, a distant relative – “Don’t’ farm last year’s weather!”  This is National Soil Conservation Week. Keep those soils covered! Don’t bu... Continue reading
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Mt. Forest Crop Consultants Agribusiness Meeting – April 19, 2016

Synopsis: The consultant's in attendance felt that 2016 wheat acreage is up from the previous year and that while intended corn acreage will be up from the 2015 season, soybean acres will be a bit down compared to 2015. Spring cereal acreage is also thought to be down from last year but on par with ... Continue reading
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Winchester Agri-Business Crop Update Breakfast Meeting, Tuesday, April, 12, 2016

Winchester Agri-Business Crop Update Breakfast Meeting, Tuesday, April, 12, 2016
Forages: There was a general discussion of what condition hays fields are in given the milder winter.  A general observation of hay fields in the area is that most fields had quite a bit of stubble (estimated at 2 feet for some fields).  Some discussion of what should be done with the stubble (... Continue reading
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Exeter Agribusiness Minutes – April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016 - Malibu Restaurant, Exeter Chair for this meeting was David Townsend There was an excellent turnout and good discussion to start the first meeting of the 2016 growing season. David Townsend was the chairman and BASF sponsored breakfast.  Thank you. The next meeting will be on Ap... Continue reading
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Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes – April 6, 2016

Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Notes - April 6, 2016
Meetings are held every 2nd Wednesday 7:30 – 9 am: Shire restaurant (Travelodge) 385 Queensway in Simcoe.  Next meeting is April 20th To date there has not been a lot of spring activity. Very little nitrogen has been applied on wheat so far.  Early N not needed since in general, wheat went in... Continue reading
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Episode 5 – OMAFRA Field Crop Update

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This week, the recent Ridgetown Ag Breakfast Minute high-points are discussed along with plans for content of future episodes. Tell a friend about the OMAFRA field crop update and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud. ... Continue reading
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