Making Cover Crops Pay Webinar Series

The Making Cover Crops Pay series (available on YouTube and linked below) includes three practical webinars that have discussions and presentations by technical specialists and experienced farmers. This series is presented by Soils at Guelph, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Soil Team, Grain Farmers of Ontario, and the Ontario Soil […]

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Emergency Forage Soybeans

soybeans with mulch underneath

Forage soybeans are not normally recommended as an emergency forage. Forage soybean production has a steep learning curve. Successful producers started with a small acreage and took several years to learn how to manage this crop. Whole unroasted soybean seeds pose a risk of ammonia toxicity. Limit to 2-4 lbs/head/day. Protein exceeding animal demand will […]

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Growing Winter Canola in Ontario — Spring: Assess Plant Health and Fertilize

Vegetative/Reproductive Overwintering Growth resumes when average temperatures reach 5°C but will be slow until it is consistently warm. Leaves may have rotted off or be discoloured but the centre of the rosette should be green. Determine the population of healthy plants. 5 plants/ft2 or more is ideal. 3-4 plants/ft2 is acceptable. 1-2 plants/ft2 can be […]

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Growing Winter Canola in Ontario — Fall: Prepare for Winter Survival

Vegetative Emergence The hypocotyl pulls the cotyledons above the soil surface. The growing point is exposed between the two cotyledons. Management: Fertilizer in the seed row can injure seedlings, especially nitrogen and potassium. Apply up to 1/4 of total nutrient requirements pre-plant. Seed 0.5-1 inches deep, or a maximum of 1.5 inches into moisture. Broadcast […]

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Séance d’information sur la gestion durant une sécheresse Vendredi 23 juillet 2021 / de 12 h à 13 h HAC / de 13 h à 14 h HNE

Le ministère de l’Agriculture, de l’Alimentation et des Affaires rurales (MAAARO) a organisé un webinaire pour aider les producteurs du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario et surmonter les défis reliés aux conditions actuelles de temps sec. Voici certains sujets abordés : Comprendre les programmes de gestion des risques des entreprises et la couverture de l’Assurance-production Gestion des pâturages […]

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Managing Through a Drought Information Session: Friday, July 23, 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021 12 pm CDT/1 pm EDT 1 hour   Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has organized a webinar to assist Northwestern Ontario producers navigate the challenges related to current dry weather conditions.   Topics Include: Understanding Business Risk Management Programs and Production Insurance Coverage Pasture Management Livestock management […]

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Crop Report – July 21, 2021

Figure 1. Manure applied 1 week ahead of cover crop seeding - growth 3 weeks after seeding.

Revitalizing Soil with Manure and Cover Crops After Wheat Harvest Wheat in a crop rotation provides many benefits, including spreading weather risks that can impact yields and balancing workload more evenly between planting and harvest season. Wheat also provides the opportunity to revitalize the soil; to disrupt pest cycles; alleviate compaction and increase subsequent corn […]

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High Risk of White Mould in 2021

The incidence and severity of white mould (Sclerotinia sclerotiorum) is highly dependent on favourable weather conditions for the disease during soybean flowering. White mould prefers temperatures below 28 degrees C, moist soils, and high humidity.  Conditions over the last few weeks have been ideal for the disease in much of Ontario. It’s important to know […]

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