Rain and Spider Mites

Since we’ve been getting a bit of rain across the province in the last week I’ve been asked about how the rain will affect spider mite populations in soybeans.  Rains are very beneficial to help keep populations of spider mites down but don’t assume that because it rained our spider mite problems are over.  If […]

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Forage Report – July 25, 2012

Dry weather has significantly reduced forage regrowth and second-cut yields.  Many farmers are examining options to increase their forage inventories, including using corn damaged by dry weather for silage. https://fieldcropnews.com/?p=4243 Seeding oats in late-July or early-August following wheat for an early-October harvest can be a useful low-cost option for extending forage supplies. Oats can make […]

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Forage Report – July 25, 2012

Dry weather has significantly reduced forage regrowth and second-cut yields.  Many farmers are examining options to increase their forage inventories, including using corn damaged by dry weather for silage. https://fieldcropnews.com/?p=4243 Seeding oats in late-July or early-August following wheat for an early-October harvest can be a useful low-cost option for extending forage supplies. Oats can make […]

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Summer Seeding Oats For Extra Forage

Seeding oats in late-July or early-August following wheat for an early-October harvest can be a useful low-cost option for extending forage supplies. Oats can make good feed when harvested at the correct stage of maturity and made into “oatlage” or baleage. Oats are more frost tolerant in the fall than sorghums, and can continue growth […]

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It’s a Lepidoptera Summer!

The butterfly enthusiasts had a good spring this year with the early arrival of the red admiral butterfly and large flights of other species. Unfortunately for us, that also meant some pests also arrived in great numbers. Speaking of pests has anyone seen this caterpillar in soybeans? This is the larval stage of the painted […]

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Impact of Dry Conditions on Soybeans

Horst Bohner, Soybean Specialist, OMAFRA, Stratford Albert Tenuta, Field Crop Plant Pathologsit, OMAFRA, Ridgetown Prolonged dry conditions can reduce soybean yield at any stage of development, but plants are more susceptible during germination and the reproductive growth stages. Dry soil conditions during germination will reduce plant stands. Severe moisture stress is evident by leaf wilting […]

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Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases in Ontario (Corn Disease Working Group)

The hot, dry weather conditions to date have not been very conducive to foliar leaf diseases across most of the province.  In most cases, besides high relative humidity, prolonged wet conditions on the leaves are necessary for infection but only under favourable temperatures (16-30oC).  What has started to show recently in the southwest are the […]

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Soybean Report – July 11, 2012

Soybean growth has been slow in those areas that missed the rains.  Fields are now at the R2 (full flower) growth stage.  Those areas that received adequate moisture are progressing well and are entering R3 (beginning pod).  Soybeans flower over an extended period of time so areas that have been negatively impacted from the lack […]

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Forage Report – July 11, 2012

Potato leafhoppers (PLH) are being reported at damaging levels in many areas across the province, including areas where they are not typically a problem. PLH dramatically reduces alfalfa yield and forage quality. Reduced stem and root growth, and vigour results in stunting and slow regrowth. New seedings are very susceptible and can be permanently damaged, […]

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