Own a grain dryer? Help us out!

Wheat harvest is just beginning in Ontario, so it’s high time to make sure your grain storage and dryers are ready for this coming season! In our Ontario climate, grain dryers are an essential part of our production system, allowing us to grow longer-season crops and take advantage of yield benefits, while still being able […]

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Pest Alert: Alfalfa Weevil and Leafhopper Numbers High

Alfalfa weevil and potato leafhopper (PLH) are being reported as extremely high in many fields.  Hot dry conditions have made it more favourable for these pests than their natural enemies (especially entomopathogenic fungi). Scout fields to determine if cutting is possible or if an insecticide application is necessary if thresholds are reached. Consider fields at […]

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Nitrogen Status in 2021 Corn Fields

Summary Soil nitrogen supply (mineralization, loss) can be influenced by weather (soil temperature, moisture) each spring. OMAFRA leads an annual Pre Sidedress Nitrogen Test (PSNT) survey to gauge year-to-year levels across Ontario. PSNT soil samples were collected from 93 sites across Ontario from May 31st to June 2nd, 2021. The average PSNT value was 13 […]

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Crop Report – May 26, 2021

Figure 1. Cereal rye left as over-winter cover crop is being harvested as high quality ryelage and will be followed with a crop of corn or soybeans immediately after harvest.

Conditions Some thunderstorms through Essex provided some moisture, but most areas of the province received less than 5 mm over the long weekend and conditions throughout the province remain dry. Temperatures have transitioned from colder than normal to summer-like, and double-digit night-time temperatures have helped newly planted crops to emerge quickly. Cereals Early planted wheat […]

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Exeter and Mount Forest Breakfast Meeting Minutes – May 11, 2021

Cereals  Since our last meeting cereal growth has been slow in much of the area. From May 1st to today about 65-75 growing degree days have accumulated in the area.  Most of the wheat is still at GS 31 to GS 32 in with earlier planted fields approaching flag leaf and late planted fields still around GS 30. Very little progress on herbicide, fungicide and plant growth regulator […]

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Canadian Bt Corn Trait Tables for April 2021

The Canadian Bt Corn Trait Tables have been updated for April 2021. English:  Canadian Bt Corn Trait Table for April 2021  French: Maïs Bt disponibles au Canada (Avril 2021) For information on which hybrids or products have obtained EU approval, visit the Canadian Seed Trade Association’s corn hybrid database at: https://seedinnovation.ca/hybrid/ Pour plus d’informations sur les hybrides […]

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Summer Job Opportunity – Field Research Assistants Needed in Ridgetown

Organization:         Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Division/Branch:    Economic Development Division / Agriculture Development Branch Position Title:         Field Research Assistant (Field Crop);  Field Research Assistant (Horticultural Crop) Job Term:                 Temporary, for up to 14 weeks, beginning spring 2021 […]

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Summer Job Opportunity: Canola & Edible Bean Research Assistant

Job Term: Full time temporary for up to 16 weeks, beginning spring 2021 Salary: $15.10 / hour, based on a 36.25 hour work week Office Location:  Stratford, Ontario Contact:  Meghan Moran, meghan.moran@ontario.ca 519-546-1725 Posting Date: Friday March 5, 2021 Closing Date: Saturday March 20, 2021 Get your hands dirty learning about Ontario agriculture and agricultural […]

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UGRC Field Crop Pest Management – 2021 Summer Research Assistants Needed

Dr. Jocelyn Smith at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus is seeking Summer Research Assistants to assist the Field Crop Pest Management program. Projects will include corn, cereals, soybean and canola pest management, and insect resistance management studies. Skills in plant and pest identification, scouting and monitoring techniques, measurements of agronomic performance and data collection […]

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