Depending on the area, 10 to 60% of the corn crop has been planted. Provincially corn planting is estimated at 35%. Soil conditions remain dry and friable in most areas; the lack of soil moisture is an increasing concern and has forced deeper planting especially on light textured soils. Cold tempera... Continue reading
Co-Author: Scott Banks
Winter cereals are moving forward slowly with the cool temperatures. Cold nights in low heat unit areas (-5oC) continued to stress the crop and show tip burn on leaves. A few more November acres have been targeted for replant with insufficient stand establishment to qualify... Continue reading
Planting is 70 % complete in West - Central Ontario. Early April planted fields are in cotyledon to 1st leaf stage with good emergence. Timely rainfall received in most areas will help even emergence of later planted stands. Emergence is occurring in 10 to 14 days under cold soil temperature conditi... Continue reading
There is nothing worse than having cattle to feed and then being caught off guard by low forage yields due to winter injury. If you have not already done so, walk alfalfa fields and dig some plants to assess for winterkill, heaving, frost damage and plant health. Watch for crown and root rots, brown... Continue reading
Synopsis: The majority of spring cereals crop have been planted. Acres of spring cereals is higher with good planting conditions, potential returns, lower input costs. Acres of seeded forage and nurse crops is 10-15% higher (Bill Brown). Emergence has been excellent. Advanced wheat wheat now push... Continue reading
Included: Tillage, soil management, cold water imbibition, wheat, double crop soys, wild weeds, insects, other.
Synopsis: DRY! Sugar beets planted shallow in late March still have not had enough rain for germination. Wind erosion has been a major issue this spring with more tillage and dry soil... Continue reading
As we gear up for the 2012 season we are again looking for participants in the Western Bean Cutworm Trap Network monitoring program. Of particular need is to have more traps in Elgin and Haldimand/Norfolk County. Information on the trap network can be found on the Canadian Corn Pest Coalition websi... Continue reading
There is a significant increase in acres of new forage seedings. Many forage seedings are already in the ground. Ensure good seed-to-soil contact by preparing a firm seedbed. Forage inventories are exceptionally low for this time of year, with record high hay prices being reported.
Frost Damaged ... Continue reading
Winter cereals responded immediately to warmer temperatures and showers over the weekend, regaining good green colour and growth. A few isolated acres in frost prone areas have been killed by frost (a first in my 27 years). Significant varietal differences in frost injury. Whether this will translat... Continue reading
Depending on the area, 5-30% of the corn crop has been planted. Soil conditions have been very good. Cool temperatures (especially at night) in the last week have slowed the emergence process. If drying trends continue growers are advised to be cautious with secondary tillage that is too aggressiv... Continue reading
A few “experimental” fields have been seeded. Although the long term Ontario data shows an average yield gain to early planting there are also increased risks. Over the last 3 years the yield loss associated with delayed planting has been 0.1 bu/ac/day after April 20th. The majority of soybean... Continue reading
Planting is 40% complete in the west-central region of Ontario. Early April seeded canola is 10-50% emerged. Cold temperatures with sub-zero nights has slowed emergence and delayed seeding.Soil conditions have been excellent for field work although windy and dry weather is resulting in rapid drying ... Continue reading
Synopsis: Field work continues with many areas reporting dry conditions. High winds yesterday moved a tremendous amount of soil. Pictures below are from Bruce county in fields where there was no tillage equipment being operated at the time the pictures were taken. This kind of wind erosion h... Continue reading
There continues to be a number of fields in Ontario with herbicide resistant weed populations which makes adequate control of these "bio types" more challenging. Both the Guide to Weed Control and the mobile web application weedpro75 will provide alternative herbicides that will provide a short term... Continue reading
Included: crop status, wheat, glyphosate resitant weeds (status and control), weed control update (Peter Sikkema).
Synopsis: Very little corn planted as of April 10th. Many growers will start this week. A few "experimental" soybeans have been planted. The wheat in this region looks tough, with t... Continue reading