Synopsis: Corn planting is virtually complete and soybean planting is between 75 to 80% complete. Earliest planted wheat is at flag leaf stage, while rye is heading. Frost last week did not have any significant impact for field crops. Growers are finding it challenging to keep up with weed control a... Continue reading
A tremendous amount of field work has taken place over the past couple of weeks. Corn planting is 90-95% complete, soybean planting is 70% complete. Corn emergence has been good. Soil conditions and moisture up to now have been excellent. Concern now is planting into dry soil conditio... Continue reading
Some US states to our south have been reporting high numbers of black cutworm moths in their pheromone traps and are starting to see some black cutworm injury in newly emerging corn fields. These moths are carried into Ontario via storm fronts. Once they arrive the adult moths look for weedy p... Continue reading
Ag Breakfast Meeting Ridgetown – May 19, 2015
Willson Hall, University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, 120 Main St. East. Ridgetown.
This week’s Breakfast courtesy of DuPont Pioneer while last meeting breakfast sponsored by Dekalb Brand Seeds.
Synopsis: Dry conditions continue throughout m... Continue reading
Soil moisture levels are variable across the province, with some areas having adequate moisture with good forage growth, while others with little rain are dry with shorter than normal stands. Grass growth has been more affected by the dry weather than the alfalfa. Many alfalfa stands harvested durin... Continue reading
I often carry 5 or 6 scouting and management guides with me when walking fields to determining what pests are present and how to control them, if necessary. I find lugging these books around inconvenient and inefficient, especially when I leave the book I need in another vehicle or at home.
The p... Continue reading
With warmer temperatures and recent rains, the alfalfa and grass growth and development is now advancing rapidly, despite a slow start in early April. Older, less healthy stands are beginning to become yellow with dandelions. Many fields that were fall cut are seeing delayed growth that will likely... Continue reading
Conditions: Warm, sunny and dry conditions over the last 2 weeks were ideal for field work. Timely rains May 10-12 brought 20 mm (5 to 50 mm) of welcome precipitation across eastern Ontario. With most of the cereals, new forage seedings, corn and part of the soybean acreage seeded/planted between Ap... Continue reading
Posted in Cereals, Corn, Forage Production, In-Season Crop Reports, Pest Management, Soil Fertility, Soybeans
Tagged Agricorp, alfalfa, corn, crop insurance, fungicide, growth stage, herbicide, soybeans, weed, wheat
Special thanks to Agri-Food Labs for sponsoring breakfast.
Chair: Eric Richter (author of minutes)
Chair for next meeting will be Jeremy O’Shea
A tremendous amount of field work has taken place over the last 2 weeks. Field work is ahead of where it has been for the last number ... Continue reading
Synopsis: An optimism that has been missing from the past few spring planting seasons; field work has started everywhere and planting is occurring into soils that have worked into a mellow seedbed. Less than ideal wheat crops are being kept for rotation purposes (fewer soybeans) and promise of excel... Continue reading
Additional acres of winter wheat that were on the 'watch list' have been taken out of production. Overall loss of acres is estimated at 10-15% across the area. Corn planting is over 40-50% complete into good soil conditions. Concern with rainfall to activate pre-emerge herbicides. For... Continue reading
Alfalfa has generally over-wintered very well, but there are scattered reports from across the province of some winterkill and winter injury. The normally higher risk area of the Ottawa Valley seems to have minimal (less than 10%) winterkill issues. Winter injury is observed more commonly in old... Continue reading
Those planting neonicotinoid treated corn or soybean seed with a vacuum planter that requires a seed flow lubricant MUST use Fluency Agent. Talc or graphite are not permitted.
1. planters that don't need seed flow lubricant (i.e. you don't have to start using fluency ag... Continue reading
Conditions: Below average temperatures persisted throughout most of April. At Ottawa, approximately 100 CHU and 65 mm of rain were accumulated in April. Soils dried slowly and field activity only picked up during the last few days of April.
Forages: Alfalfa winter survival is excellent, generally... Continue reading
Posted in Cereals, Corn, Forage Production, In-Season Crop Reports, Pest Management, Soil Fertility
Tagged alfalfa, avian, biosecurity, corn, crop diagnostic, crop rotation, forage, forages, geese, grass, neonic, Neonic seed treatment, neonicotinoid seed treatments, neonicotinoids, nitrogen, OMAFRA events, trial, wheat
Chair for this meeting was Steve Johns.
Chair for next meeting will be Eric Richter.
Synopsis: Considerable spring cereal acreage has now been seeded, although not as much as intended. Hopefully the weather stays dry so that growers can finish up with cereals this week. Some oat ... Continue reading