Winter canola fields are popping up all over Ontario. Across the province, acreage for the entire oilseed crop typically checks in around 40,000 acres, with about one third of the crop being planted in the fall, the rest being spring canola. Over the past five year years, however, winter canola has been gaining momentum in… Read More

What are dairy farmers looking for when they source sawdust bedding for their cows? Some farmers want it fine and others prefer a coarse product, but everybody wants dry sawdust, says Pat Liew, business development director of Ecostrat, which markets the cow bedding to farmers across North America. The company’s been in the paper, plastics… Read More

What crops can benefit from inoculants and what kind of yield impact can they have? XiteBio Technologies U.S. sales managers Doug Tigges says the first questions he typically gets from growers include whether an inoculant or biological product is easy to use; how it fits into management of the crops grown on the farm; and… Read More

Red Sun Farms in Kingsville, Ont., is one of 170 greenhouse vegetable farms in Ontario. Across the province, the Ontario greenhouse vegetable industry grows tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in 3,900 acres of greehhouse, producing 521 million kilograms of fresh vegetables with a farm gate value of more than $1.4 billion. On this episode of Profitable… Read More

German livestock-feeding-technology-maker Siloking is based at Tittmoning, Bavaria, but its feed mixers now travel the world with sales in over 50 countries. The ‘Made in Germany’ moniker is a big plus for the company’s products, which range from small single-auger mixers to trailed, self-propelled and electric mixers, says Siloking Canada representative Karl Terpstra. That wide… Read More

Weaverline says it has electric battery-powered feed carts down to a science. That’s a big statement, but Frank Weaver says his family-owned company has the experience to back up the claim. The Narvon, Pennsylvania-based operation has been building electrified feed carts since 1965. At the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, Ont., Weaver showcased his Series… Read More

Tillage can play an important role in weed control but integrating additional tools always makes for a better strategy, says BASF agronomist Rob Miller. On this episode of RealAgriculture Soybean School, Miller illustrates this point when he takes a close look at a wheat field from 2023 that received a fall burndown and some light… Read More

What do you do if you’re a woman working in agriculture and you can’t find comfortable work clothes? How about starting your own clothing line? That’s what independent agronomist Michelle Durnin did in 2021 when she launched Durnin Farm & Ranch Wear to design and sell women’s workwear. At the Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford,… Read More

Glyphosate resistance has been confirmed in lamb’s-quarters in Quebec. The finding, which comes from the CÉROM grain research centre, is the first confirmation of glyphosate resistance in the annual weed anywhere in the world. University of Guelph research scientist Dr. Peter Sikkema shared the news with those attending the Ag Business Breakfast Meeting at Ridgetown,… Read More

It won’t be long before the soil is fit and planters roll into edible bean fields. On this episode of the RealAgriculture Edible Bean School, Hensall Co-op field marketer and edible bean grower Dave Louwagie shares a checklist he uses to make sure all systems are go when conditions are right for dry beans. To… Read More

Canadian potato growers will have a new weapon in the fight against rhizoctonia and black scurf for 2024. AZteroid FC fungicide uses precision chemistry to deliver systemic, long-lasting control of diseases in a wide range of crops, but is registered for only potatoes in Canada, says Vive Crop Protection marketing and communications manager Emily Roden…. Read More

Planting corn directly into a living cover crop before it is killed by herbicide or tillage is not something growers would have considered 30 years ago, says Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs soil management specialist Jake Munroe. More and more farmers, however, are now willing to take the leap thanks to advances… Read More

Research from Purdue University agronomy professor Shaun Casteel indicates that early sulphur applications broadcast pre-plant or right at planting can deliver a soybean yield bump in specific conditions. On the season debut of The Sharp Edge, Maizex agronomist Henry Prinzen takes that knowledge to the field to compare notes with Simcoe, Ontario, grower Kyle Sowden… Read More

When it comes to planter prep, corn is king. The simple truth is most growers spend a lot of time fine-tuning planters to ensure corn seeds are deposited at a consistent depth and are snugged into the soil after the trench is closed. But what about soybeans? Do growers spend enough time working on how… Read More

What’s a planter supposed to do when it rolls into fields and tucks into a fit seedbed? On this episode of RealAgriculture Corn School, Kearney Planters operations manager Cullen Tinline shares a corn planter furrow management wish list and what growers should expect if their planter is fine-tuned, properly prepped, and rolling in good soil… Read More

 

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