They’re here early this year! We’ve been hearing reports of true armyworm numbers getting fairly high in some wheat fields and even above threshold in some cases. I think it’s a good time to post a refresher on armyworm management.
Armyworms typically feeding in the lower leaves... Continue reading
From May 1st to 27, eastern Ontario accumulated about 400 CHUs, which is close to the 30 year average. Precipitation was also close to average for the month of May.
Forages: There was concern that hay/haylage would be in short supply this spring due to reduced number of acres in forages and the a... Continue reading
Included: Double crop soybeans, weed control strategies, soil nitrogen status, wheat insect update and more.
Synopsis: Rainfall has been very sparse. A few isolated showers brought relief to a few areas Sunday but much of the region has had less than one inch of rain since March. Weather inno... Continue reading
Soybean planting finished this week. Stands are generally exceptional if seed was placed into moisture. In some cases no-till drills were not able to penetrate properly especially on top of corn rows. If the seed remains dry it can remain in the soil for up to six weeks and still emerge once... Continue reading
Grass growth continues to be slow but maturity continues to advance. Orchardgrass is headed and should be grazed immediately to maintain quality and stimulate new leaf development. Moving livestock to new paddocks when they have grazed half of the available forage will assist in managing this ea... Continue reading
Corn development has been rapid this past week. Some areas were close to accumulating 200 CHU in 7 days! Good soil conditions and early planting are paying off as the corn continues to move ahead despite relatively dry conditions. Some replanting has occurred where low population and uneven st... Continue reading
Winter Cereals continue their rapid development pace. Most fusarium fungicides will have been applied by June 3. There will be some harvest in June. Shortest varieties are those that showed the most freeze injury earlier, indicating that the injury had impact. Straw is becoming increasingly so... Continue reading
Dry conditions in Northern growing areas has resulted in uneven emergence. The majority of April planted canola is 2-6 leaf and quite variable within a field. In thin stands of canola consider lowering the action threshold for insect and weed management. Flea beetle pressure continues to remain hi... Continue reading
It is estimated that 40-50% of intended acres is planted. Dry soils and forecast cooler temperatures have delayed planting in some areas. As part of a weed control program, rotary hoeing beans in the 1-2 leaf stage (not in hook stage) helps to remove very small weed seedlings. If adequate rainfall i... Continue reading
First-cut is complete in some parts of the province. Yields are very disappointing, particularly in western Ontario. With low yields and low carryover inventories, forage supplies could be tight this year, especially if it remains dry. Hay prices were already at record levels this winter. There are ... Continue reading
In years of excessive alfalfa winterkill, summer seeding can be a good way to quickly re-establish new fields so that full season yields can be harvested the following year. Summer seeding of alfalfa forage mixtures can be a viable alternative to spring seeding. The most reliable time to seed forage... Continue reading
Synopsis: In the past 2 weeks general rainfall has been less than 15 mm and about 200 chu have been accumulated – 300 from May 1. Conditions are dry for the middle of May. A gentle, all-day rainfall would be welcome to help with pre-emerge herbicide activation, crop emergence and crop growth... Continue reading
Haylage started in full swing on May 21st in some areas. Yields are very disappointing, with two-thirds of a normal yield or less being reported. Some alfalfa fields severely damage by winterkill and disease are being harvested early and planted into corn for silage. Planting as soon as possible and... Continue reading
The weather is certainly warming up and it looks like the forecast is for more of the same. Things are getting busy and I’ve got a few things to talk about this week. The first is the start of the Western Bean Cutworm Trapping network. Traps should be set up this week and the data should... Continue reading
Synopsis: Wheat is advancing quickly and many fields at flag leaf stage. Disease pressure is low in most wheat fields. Corn planting is 75%-100% complete. Soybeans are 50-80% planted. Heavy rains and soil crusting in Arthur-Orangeville-Shelburne area has resulted in some replanting of corn and ca... Continue reading