Crop Conditions – Week of May 2nd, 2024

Frequent rains and wet soils across the province have slowed or prevented field work. Soil compaction is likely to be an issue this year, especially for farmers trying to get manure spread ahead of spring planting. Fertilizer has been moving out to farms with storage. Retailers are full and ready to apply product once soil […]

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Beef up your forage intake rates on pasture

This article was originally published in the Spring 2024 edition of Virtual Beef. Pastures in Ontario usually consist of a mix of bunchgrasses and sod-forming grasses. This diversity in plant structure encourages livestock to sort through the pasture, spending grazing time seeking the most palatable plants instead of maximizing forage intakes. Increased forage intake leads […]

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Canadian Bt Trait Tables for 2024

The Canadian “Bt” Corn Trait Tables for 2024 are now available: English:  Canadian Bt Corn Trait Table for April 2024 French:  Maïs exprimant des protéines insecticides disponibles au Canada (Avril 2024) Bt is in quotes because RNAi (RNA interference) technology, which is not a Bt trait, is now offered in some of the packages for […]

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Managing Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus in Oats

Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus (BYVD) effects a wide range of grass hosts including wheat, oats and barley with oats being considered the most susceptible crop. In some regions of the province, BYDV has been reported as having a significant negative impact on oat yields. Appearance: The primary symptoms of BYDV include stunting and yellowing, reddening […]

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The Ontario Corn Committee (OCC), the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC), the Ontario Pulse Crop Committee (OPCC), and the Ontario Soybean and Canola Committee (OSACC) launched their new website: The new website brings together the four previous crop committee websites under one cohesive banner. Ontario growers rely on third-party variety performance trial information to […]

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NEW LINK for the Great Lakes and Maritimes Pest Monitoring Network!

The Great Lakes and Maritimes Pest Monitoring Network (GLMPMN) website has been upgraded and has a new permanent link: Please bookmark this new link and use it going forward to enter any trap sites and trap data. The same link should work well for both desktop browsers and mobile devices. Everything is still the […]

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Does it work to plant green into cover crops for corn? Five unique Ontario fields in 2023.

A planter operating in a field with tall vegetation.

Planting corn directly into a living cover crop before it is killed by herbicide or tillage is not something that would have been considered 30 years ago. However, with advances in planter technology, herbicide options, and a greater awareness of cover crop benefits to soil health, more growers are doing it. According to the 2022-2023 […]

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Ontario Corn Hybrid DON Screening Trials Now Available

The inaugural 2023 Ontario corn hybrid DON screening trial report is available on at 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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