Above average precipitation in the spring of 2011 has illustrated for many, areas within their fields that are slower to drain and even prone to have standing water (see below).
Certain herbicides are at greater risk of causing crop injury in areas where there is standing water. The reasons ... Continue reading
I had a few calls and emails yesterday about cereal leaf beetle in both winter and spring wheat. Damage was significant enough even in the winter wheat near Stayner and Bolton to warrant a spray. These winter wheat fields in particular were still in the earlier heading stages with 5 weeks to go ... Continue reading
There is a bit of confusion out there amongst our trap participants who are trying to identify their catches. Western bean cutworm (WBC) has a few look a likes. Plus Large Yellow Underwing moths are flying around this year which is confusing matters. Pay extra attention to the details that are... Continue reading
A few of our WBC trap network participants reported catching moths in their traps last week. This is a week later than last year. Moths were found at a few trap locations scattered across the province. And more reports are coming in this week from those out checking traps during this weeks' tr... Continue reading
It's been quite a week and it's only Tuesday. Many of you are calling about one of these pest issues so hopefully I can help answer all of your questions here.
Grass Sawfly in Wheat: Once you start to see sawfly feeding (see previous blog for pics and details) the feeding damage is nearly done.... Continue reading
I was hoping this was a one time pest that showed up last year. But there have been some wheat fields in the Highgate/Muirkirk to Kerwood areas that are seeing grass sawfly feeding. It is easier to identify grass sawfly since they feed during the day. They also have a characteristic feedin... Continue reading
Lots of reports are coming in of black cutworm and armyworm damage in Ontario.
Black cutworm has been found feeding in numerous corn fields and even an alfalfa field. Locations that I know of so far include fields near: Parkhill, Watford, Embro (alfalfa field), Renfrew County, and parts of West E... Continue reading
I've been pondering our planting situation lately and what impacts it is going to have on some of our key insect pests. We've been anticipating this year to be a good soybean aphid year for Ontario. It was such an extremely low aphid year last year that natural enemies didn't build up their po... Continue reading
I realize it has been a difficult planting season to say the least. But one issue that growers need to consider is that spring canola fields planted later than the first week of June are at significant increased risk of experiencing swede midge damage. Research conducted by Rebecca Hallett at th... Continue reading
With most of the winter wheat planted on time last fall, or even a few days early, we have the yield potential to take advantage of more inputs. With wheat prices at record levels, and our inputs still at last year’s prices, it’s time to GO FOR BROKE!
Nitrogen - add 10 pounds to your normal a... Continue reading
Side Note: This article was written in 2005, but it is still very much applicable given the current volatile market conditions.
What a missed opportunity! Less than 8 months ago, every one of us had the opportunity to sell soybeans for $10.00/bu and corn for $4.00/bu. Yet the experts tell us that... Continue reading
The Ontario Soybean Growers began a soybean yield competition in 2008. The results were impressive! The winner yielded 72.1 bu/ac near Seaforth. These yields are good examples that with the right weather, soil type, and management, large yields are possible in Ontario. With the big yields and excell... Continue reading