Pricing Corn Silage

by Joel Bagg, Forage Specialist, & Greg Stewart, Corn Specialist, OMAFRA  “What’s corn silage worth this year?” Grain corn prices have dropped considerably after unprecedented high prices last year, bringing corn silage prices down with them. With current grain corn and hay prices, corn silage still looks fairly attractive as an alternate forage. After excessive […]

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Corn and Cold September Nights

Cold September nights can cause widespread anxiety in corn producers.  The level of anxiety for most growers will be determined by the stage of maturity their grain corn crop has reached. As temperatures drop to zero frost damage first occurs to the leaves of the corn plants.  This damage will eliminate any further photosynthesis, reduce […]

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Harvest and Storage Strategies to Minimize Fusarium in 2013

Helmut Spieser, Agricultural Engineer, OMAF Ridgetown Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist, OMAF, Stratford Albert Tenuta, Field Crop Pathologist, OMAF, Ridgetown Weather conditions in 2013 have been ideal for Fusarium Head Blight development in areas of Ontario and surrounding US states.  Every year we deal with or try to minimize Fusarium impact on the crop and this […]

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The Impact of Row Unit Down Pressure Control on Corn Growth and Yield

Purpose: Aftermarket planter modifications to control row unit down pressure have been well promoted into the Ontario marketplace, and are advertised for their ability to improve planter function, and final yields. The basic principles behind the modifications have merit, but the relative yield impacts of the different modifications, and their ability to respond above and […]

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Pricing Corn Silage In 2012

Corn silage is a useful late-season forage option for livestock producers, particularly in years when hay and haylage inventories are limited. Rainfall has been extremely variable across Ontario this year, with some extremely dry areas and other areas closer to normal.  Summer thunderstorm activity even created extreme variations between concession roads. As a result the […]

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Fungicide Efficacy for Control of Corn Diseases in Ontario (Corn Disease Working Group)

The hot, dry weather conditions to date have not been very conducive to foliar leaf diseases across most of the province.  In most cases, besides high relative humidity, prolonged wet conditions on the leaves are necessary for infection but only under favourable temperatures (16-30oC).  What has started to show recently in the southwest are the […]

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