Forage Report – July 11, 2012

Potato leafhoppers (PLH) are being reported at damaging levels in many areas across the province, including areas where they are not typically a problem. PLH dramatically reduces alfalfa yield and forage quality. Reduced stem and root growth, and vigour results in stunting and slow regrowth. New seedings are very susceptible and can be permanently damaged, […]

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Forage Report – June 28, 2012

First-cut hay is being finished while second-cut haylage is complete on some dairy farms. With reduced yields and acres, hay inventories are limited in some areas and record high prices are being reported. There are still reports of armyworm, but it is declining. There were some reports of European skipper feeding damage to forage grasses, […]

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Forage Report – June 20, 2012

First-cut hay is still underway, while 2nd-cut is starting on early-cut fields. Armyworm is still being reported in hayfields at high levels in some hot spots in western Ontario. It is also reported in central and eastern Ontario, but not yet at severe levels.  Some is being sprayed, but most infested fields are being harvested. […]

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Forage Report – June 13, 2012

There are some “hot spots” with armyworm taking out hay fields, mostly south of the 401 in western Ontario (Niagara to Elgin County and surrounding areas) and up into Perth County. Grasses have been stripped of leaves with only stems and heads remaining. After fields are cut, armyworm feed on the windrow for a day […]

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Forage Report – June 6, 2012

First-cut yields are variable across the province, with below average yields in western Ontario. A combination of factors have contributed to low yields, including dry April and May weather, frost damage, cutting during last fall’s Critical Fall Harvest Period, saturated soils going into the winter, alfalfa disease, winterkill and stand thinning. Recent rains have helped […]

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Soybean Report – May 30, 2012

Soybean planting finished this week.  Stands are generally exceptional if seed was placed into moisture.  In some cases no-till drills were not able to penetrate properly especially on top of corn rows.  If the seed remains dry  it can remain in the soil for up to six weeks and still emerge once moisture arrives.  However, […]

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Pasture Report – May 30, 2012

Grass growth continues to be slow but maturity continues to advance.  Orchardgrass is headed and should be grazed immediately to maintain quality and stimulate new leaf development.  Moving livestock to new paddocks when they have grazed half of the available forage will assist in managing this early growth and set pastures for continued summer growth.  […]

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Corn Report – May 30, 2012

Corn development has been rapid this past week.  Some areas were close to accumulating 200 CHU in 7 days!  Good soil conditions and early planting are paying off as the corn continues to move ahead despite relatively dry conditions.  Some replanting has occurred where low population and uneven stands were caused by cold shock to […]

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Cereal Report – May 30, 2012

Winter Cereals continue their rapid development pace. Most fusarium fungicides will have been applied by June 3.  There will be some harvest in June.  Shortest varieties are those that showed the most freeze injury earlier, indicating that the injury had impact.  Straw is becoming increasingly sought after, with prices in the countryside reaching unprecedented levels.  […]

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Forage Report – May 30, 2012

First-cut is complete in some parts of the province. Yields are very disappointing, particularly in western Ontario. With low yields and low carryover inventories, forage supplies could be tight this year, especially if it remains dry. Hay prices were already at record levels this winter. There are still a few things that can be done […]

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Forage Report – May 23, 2012

Haylage started in full swing on May 21st in some areas. Yields are very disappointing, with two-thirds of a normal yield or less being reported. Some alfalfa fields severely damage by winterkill and disease are being harvested early and planted into corn for silage. Planting as soon as possible and adequate moisture are essential to […]

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Corn Report – May 23, 2012

Corn planting is essentially complete across Ontario other then a small amount of replanting due to emergence/stand issues or where corn is following first cut alfalfa. Use the Replant Decision Aid posted at www.gocorn.net if considering this where stands are thin. Start with accurate plant counts of the current stand and consider all the replanting economics (crop […]

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Cereal Report – May 23, 2012

Winter wheat is heading rapidly. Wheat west of London will be ready for fusarium sprays by the weekend, with the crop north and east following closely. Stripe rust and high aphid numbers have been found in Chatham-Kent. Scout! Threshold is 50 aphids/stem after heading. Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) symptoms are showing at surprising levels […]

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