Ontario Corn Hybrid DON Screening Trials Now Available

The inaugural 2023 Ontario corn hybrid DON screening trial report is available on GoCorn.net at http://www.gocorn.net/OCC_DON_Report_2023_Final_20230212.pdf. Ontario corn hybrid DON screening trials were initiated by the Ontario Corn Committee in 2019 following high DON levels in the 2018 corn crop. Hybrid susceptibility is one of the greatest factors influencing Gibberella Ear Rot (Figure 1) and […]

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2023 Corn Seasonal Summary

Figure 1. Haze from wildfire smoke in 2023.

Planting In April 2023, Statistics Canada estimated Ontario farmers intended to plant 2.3 million acres of grain corn, 5% higher than the 5-year (2018-2022) average seeded acres of 2.19 million acres (OMAFRA Crop Statistics). A warm sunny window opened for one week starting the Easter weekend (April 7 to 9) and provided a small opportunity […]

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2023 Soybean Seasonal Summary

Bean leaf beetle pod feeding. H. Bohner, OMAFRA

To date the provincial average yield reported by Agricorp for 2023 is 53 bu/ac. This number will be updated as more acres are reported. For comparison the 10-year average farm yield is 48 bu/ac. Seeded acreage was also relatively high at 2.91 million acres. The Agricorp floating claim price was $16.56/bu. Canada is the world’s […]

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Étudiant – Développement de l’agriculture (Postes dans le secteur des grandes cultures)

Organisme: Ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et des Affaires rurales Division: Direction du développement de l’agriculture Ville: Guelph, Kemptville, London, Ridgetown Langue du ou des postes: anglais Conditions: 15 Temporaire(s) – postes à temps plein d’une durée de 6 à 18 semaines, de mai à septembre Code du poste: Student 2 – Étudiant niveau 2 […]

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Agriculture Development, Field Crop Summer Student Jobs

Organization: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Division: Agricultural Development Branch City: Guelph, Kemptville, London, Ridgetown Language of Position(s): English Job Term: 15 Temporary (ranging from 6 – 18 weeks between May and September) Job Code: Student 2 – Student Level 2 Salary: $17.40 – $17.40 Per Hour* *Indicates the salary listed as per […]

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SHAP: Soil Health Assessment & Plan In-Field In-Office Match SHAP to your needs Assess Benchmark 5 Key Soil Health Indicators Improve Find Potential for Improvement Adapt Take a Flexible approach Interpret Use the SHAP Score Calculator to compare your test results to a database of results from similar Ontario soils. Use this benchmark to identify […]

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Canola Seasonal Summary 2023

There were approximately 44,750 acres of canola insured by Agricorp in 2023, which is over 20% more acres than last year. Insured acres include both winter and spring canola. Winter canola accounts for about half of the increase. Spring canola acres expanded in Temiskaming District and counties east of Toronto, compared to last year. Spring […]

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Forage Summary 2023

Bale bundles slump due to high stem moisture. Harvested May 2023.

Winter 2022/2023 Conditions Fall 2022 was open and mostly dry. Growth on annual forages and regrowth on hay fields was faster than usual. Snow cover over the winter was less than normal, with frequent thaws and rain events. Ice sheeting was flagged as a potential problem in eastern Ontario. April had more precipitation than average […]

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2023 Ontario Grain Corn Ear Mould and Deoxynivalenol (DON) Mycotoxin Survey

OMAFRA field crop specialists in collaboration with Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) and members of the Ontario Agri-Business Association (OABA) have completed the annual Ontario corn ear mould and DON mycotoxin survey. Corn ear moulds such as Gibberella and their corresponding mycotoxins occur every year in Ontario. These mycotoxins, particularly deoxynivalenol (DON, also referred to […]

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Profitability of Dry Beans vs Soybeans

There are producers in Ontario who grow dry edible beans every year. Others may only grow dry beans when prices are strong and they fit into the crop rotation. It makes sense to be selective about where and when to grow dry beans, because they can be higher risk than soybeans. What is the profit […]

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