National Soil Conservation Week, 2022

no-till soybean field with residue and some slope

The week of April 17-23 is National Soil Conservation Week this year. As the Soil Conservation Council of Canada says, soil is a big deal. It’s the foundation of agriculture. It’s a precious resource and, as I’ve written before, can easily be lost and degraded. To mark this week, I wanted to share some resources […]

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2022 Thames Valley Soil and Crop Projects

Directors in the Thames Valley Soil and Crop Region (Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford) have lead an effort to produce larger, more consistent datasets for the on-farm soil and crop projects that are conducted locally each year. One part of this push has been to post protocols for easier access and research consistency. Table 1 lists projects […]

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Haylage for Horses

a stack of wrapped round bales

In a year with higher than average rainfall, it can be a challenge to find a long enough window of dry weather to make high quality horse hay. These conditions sometimes prompt equestrians to investigate alternative sources of forage. How are forage crops preserved? Understanding how forage crops are preserved is the first step in […]

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Crop Report – April 13, 2022

Wheat Emergence

Cereals Coming out of a wet fall, winter wheat conditions are variable across the province. Bare spots from standing water and poor drainage have been reported in some areas, especially on heavy clay soils. In many cases it may be too early to decide on whether to keep a “spotty” field. Higher wheat prices are […]

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Ridgetown-Simcoe Ag Breakfast Meeting Minutes – April 5, 2022

April 5, 2022, 8:00 am  Ag breakfast meetings will continue to be paired and held virtually by video conference on the “Zoom” platform in 2022. The first 2022 Ridgetown-Simcoe virtual ag breakfast meeting was held April 5 with about 45 participants. Thanks to everyone who joined and contributed to the conversation. Avian Influenza As of April 5, Avian […]

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