2014 Grain Corn Ear Mould and Vomitoxin Survey

Greg Stewart, OMAFRA Corn Specialist Albert Tenuta, OMAFRA Field Crop Pathologist The OMAFRA Field Crops team has completed the survey of the 2014 Ontario corn crop to determine ear mould incidence and the occurrence of mycotoxins in the grain. These mycotoxins, particularly vomitoxin (DON) produced primarily by Gibberella/Fusarium ear moulds, are grading factors and can […]

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Fall Cutting Alfalfa

While cutting alfalfa in the fall is often practiced in Ontario, it does create some risk to stand health, depending on the location, stand age, harvest frequency and other factors. The decision whether to cut alfalfa should weigh these factors and the immediate need for forage against the increased risk of winterkill and reduced yields […]

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Pricing Corn Silage In 2014

 by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, & Greg Stewart, Corn Specialist, OMAFRA  “What’s corn silage going to be worth this year?” Corn development is delayed for a significant portion of the crop and could be at risk of frost. Farmers may be looking at salvaging frost damaged corn that hasn’t matured adequately for optimum yield, moisture […]

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Forage Report – August 18, 2014

With recent rains, forage growth has been excellent. Making dry hay has been quite challenging in August, with lots of baleage being made. Forage inventories and quality are generally good in most parts of the province. Considerable wheat acres are being followed by seeding oats, Italian ryegrass, and alfalfa mixtures. (Forage Options Following Wheat http://fieldcropnews.com/?p=9028) We are […]

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Direct Harvest: Do you need a desiccant or a pre-harvest glyphosate?

By Brian Hall, OMAF/MRA,  Stratford Green stalks, weeds and uneven ripening can all be a problem at harvest. Late season rains following a extended dry period can often result in canola stalks staying green or result in canola regrowth further delaying harvest. Desiccants or pre-harvest glyphosate products can help with timely defoliation and reduce yield […]

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Interpreting a Detailed Manure Analysis

Analyzing organic amendments, such as manure, compost, digestate and biosolids, has always been recommended for macro-nutrients, but there is more to manure than just N-P-K. Significant micro-nutrients, organic matter and other elements are also present, and can reveal additional cost savings or management precautions. An analysis does not give a lot of detail about the […]

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Mitigating Leaf Burn: Streamer Nozzles and Dissolved Urea

28% has become the preferred nitrogen source on winter wheat in Ontario.  Application is perfectly uniform, something that seems difficult to achieve with most urea applications.  However, leaf burn is one of the main problems with 28% applications, particularly at later stages of growth.  With more emphasis on split nitrogen applications, and renewed interest in […]

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