StatsCan released the November 2011 Production report for field crops this morning. Jon Driedger from FarmLink told me over the phone that, “the numbers are as expected, this is diplayed in the fact that the market is flat today.” SEE THE REPORT When I look at the report several things stick out for me. Corn production… Read More

With the release of the Ontario 2011 hybrid corn performance trials, growers get a chance to review how last years varieties performed and what might be a good idea to plant in 2012.  As always there are many options and getting as much information as possible can help narrow down some of these tough decisions. … Read More

Once your corn is in storage, the story isn’t over. There are still some aspects that need controlling and monitoring in order to maintain the value and quality of your crop. Conditioning your corn isn’t as simple as turning on the fan. Proper airflow is essential to even and effective aeration of your crop. Anything… Read More

Ethanol has been the subject of scrutiny regarding a number of issues, from its impact on corn prices to its effect on food production even its impact on the cattle and hog industries. The Conference Board of Canada released this week the results from its look at the industry. The report focuses on the impact… Read More

In a year like this, drying your corn properly can involve some legwork. Periods of rain, varying maturities and other harvest delays can all cause variations in the moisture content of your crop. If those variations aren’t addressed properly, they can have an impact on overall quality and test weight. Things like proper calibration of… Read More

Corn harvest is underway for most of Ontario and farmers are starting to get a rough estimate of what their corn will yield. For those producers not waiting on the rain, half a day in the combine can give you an idea of the size and quality of your crop. This week on the Corn… Read More

Patience is being tested in farmers living in Southern Ontario as the wrap up for soybean harvest for some and the beginning of corn harvest for others has been prolonged by some wet weather. It doesn’t look as though relief is going to come in the immediate future either. This week on the RealWeatherWatch we… Read More

The Canadian corn harvest is barely underway and it’s time to put some reputations on the line. Back in early September we asked some farmers at the Outdoor Farm Show what they thought corn yields would be like in their area. A great deal of producers got their corn in later than usual because of… Read More

Red clover planted after your winter wheat harvest provides huge advantages to growers in Ontario.   A good stand of red clover can be extremely beneficial in preparing your land for spring planting. To be able to enjoy those benefits however, that stand of red clover has to be managed properly. One of the key factors involved in… Read More

Will it or won’t it? That’s the question on the mind of a great deal of Ontario farmers. Will that late planted corn finish? It’s a question that rests on a number of factors that tend to revolve around variety characteristics, geography, weather and of course, date planted. It’s also a question we thought could… Read More

This episode of “Why Should I Buy” may have you looking ahead to next spring as we talk to representatives from Syngenta, Dekalb, Pioneer and Pride Seeds regarding corn seed. Todays episode takes place from the grounds of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock Ontario where we talk to Bob Thirlwall of DEKALB, Steve Denys… Read More

With the great success of the Wheat School and Canola School, RealAgriculture.com is launching the Corn School. Following the same format, the Corn School will provide growers with the opportunity to learn and collaborate on their own time through the use of digital media. Personally I am very excited to work with both Pride Seeds… Read More

Conditions this season in Ontario have varied across the map. Cooler, wetter conditions this spring that resulted in a later plant for most farmers gave way to extreme heat that is leaving affected areas wanting for a timely rain. At this point there is no broad description you can apply to the Ontario corn crop… Read More

 

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