Root Rot in Edible Beans – No Easy Fix

Root rot is  becoming visually evident in many edible bean fields now that beans are entering  a more rapid vegetative growth phase and will have a high demand for water and nutrients. Pounding rains, compaction, tillage pans, poor internal drainage and soil structure are common culprits for inducing root rot. Common visual symptoms include stunting […]

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Forage Report – July 21, 2014

Forage yields have been quite variable across the province. Some areas have excess hay, while others are still rebuilding inventories. Quality is generally good. The weatherman got it wrong the weekend of July 19th and considerable acres of hay were cut and rain-damaged.   Summer Seeding Alfalfa Summer seeding alfalfa-grass mixtures can be a good way […]

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Scout Now for Rootworm Activity in Corn

Authors:  Jocelyn Smith and Andrea Hitchon, University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus The time to start scouting corn for corn rootworm has arrived! There are a few important objectives for scouting for rootworm injury including: scouting can help protect yield, plan control measures for next year, and detect potential cases of resistance to Bt traits. The […]

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Sulphur On Alfalfa

by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, & Bonnie Ball, Soil Fertility Specialist, OMAFRA Sulphur (S) received from atmospheric sulphur dioxide emissions (acid rain) in Ontario has steadily declined by over 50% during the last 25 years. We are beginning to see yield responses in more situations when applying S to alfalfa. Sometimes the response is dramatic, […]

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Herbicide Injury Scenarios in Corn – Ridgetown Diagnostic Day (2014)

The following 10 herbicide injury scenarios in corn were presented at the South West Crop Diagnostic Days on July 9th and 10th, 2014. Each scenario contain 2 corn hyrbids. One that had tolerance to glyphosate (e.g. Roundup) and glufosinate (e.g. Liberty). The other was an Enlist hybrid, that had tolerance to glyphosate (e.g. Roundup), glufosinate (e.g. Liberty), phenoxy herbicides […]

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DRY BEAN REPORT

SYNOPSIS Majority of edible beans are in late vegetative to early flowering.  The crop in many areas looks excellent. Recent heavy rains and saturated soils raises the risk of white mould, anthracnose in white and black beans and root rot.  Leafhopper populations have been low up to now. White Mould :  Fungicides to protect against […]

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Should You Apply a Fungicide for Sclerotinia in Canola

This spring’s challenging planting conditions has resulted in quite a few of uneven canola stands with both reduced  populations and delayed emergence. This has  some growers weighing the merits of applying a fungicide this season.  Sclerotinia incidence varies greatly between fields and years thus making routine spraying of fungicide unprofitable. However when the risk of […]

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Forage Report – July 3, 2014

Some first-cut horse hay is still to be made while many will start second-cut dairy haylage soon. Harvest schedules are delayed behind normal, especially in western Ontario. This may make taking a fourth-cut more difficult. Hay making weather has generally been good, but some hay has been rain-damaged. Yields have been extremely variable, depending on […]

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Italian Ryegrass Forage Options

Italian ryegrass can produce very high quality, leafy, palatable forage suitable for high producing dairy cows. As a cool-season bunch grass, it is best adapted to cool, moist conditions. It does not grow as well in hot, dry summer weather. In Ontario it has been seeded in early spring (April, early-May) for harvesting that year. […]

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Forage Report – June 26, 2014

First-cut haying continues while some 2nd cut dairy haylage will start soon. Hay making weather was generally good in early June, but some more recent storms have rain-damaged some hay. Rains will help 2nd cut regrowth. Yields have been quite variable, ranging from good in eastern Ontario to some winter injured areas in western Ontario […]

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Forage Report – June 19, 2014

First-cut continues with variable yields. Yields are generally good in eastern Ontario. In western Ontario areas where alfalfa winterkill and injury occurred, stands are thin, with many reported yields at 50 – 80% of normal. This has created some concern about producing adequate forage supplies. Considerable acres have been seeded to annual forages such as […]

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