Category: Eastern Canada

20/20 Seed Labs launches Spornado

20/20 Seed Labs is pleased to offer the Sporometrics-designed Spornado to assist with the early detection of crop disease.  Originally used in Ontario potato crops and now being rolled out across the prairies, Spornado is a passive spore catcher designed to catch both fusarium graminearum and sclerotinia spores. What can the Spornado detect? The Spornado… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Record basis levels set to change

The beef markets are riding an unusually high basis in both Canada and the United States, but that’s set to change. “So over the next eight weeks — between now and when June goes off — we will see the two converge,” says Gateway Livestock’s Anne Wasko, adding that in 2015 basis was +20 when… Read more »

Slow seeding jumpstarts prices — This week in the grain markets

Grain prices this week were mostly in the green as the market continues to weigh geopolitical risk versus weather risk (and thus, planting risk). And though planting is certainly behind in many areas of the major North American growing regions, it’s still early (relatively speaking). U.S seeding is well below behind the usual averages, and… Read more »

Changes coming to Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

The news After program changes were introduced to the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program for January 1, 2017, the government launched a review last fall into how the adapted program was working. Based on feedback received from the concluded review, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs will soon release updates to the… Read more »

Farm & Food Care offers individual membership to bolster funding

It’s been 30 years since a fledgling organization called the Ontario Farm Animal Council began working to counter the efforts of activists opposed to animal agriculture in Ontario. After three decades, which included a name change and an amalgamation with AgCare, a like-minded farm organization concerned about resources and environmental stewardship, Farm & Food Care… Read more »

Ontario tweaks rabies vaccination rules for livestock

At issue Ontario is set to introduce new rules and regulations as of July 1, 2018, regarding requirements for livestock rabies vaccination. All animals that will interact with the public will be required to maintain up-to-date vaccinations. Why is this a concern? Rabies isn’t fun, you guys. But also, the changes to rabies immunization requirements for… Read more »

TechTour: Automatically adjusting spread patterns for wind, terrain, and fertilizer type

Spreading fertilizer can feel like a bit of a guessing game when it comes to knowing just how wide of a spray pattern is produced. Coverage depends on the type of fertilizer in the hopper, the terrain, and also, how much wind impacts the spray pattern. But Amazone claims it offers solutions to each of… Read more »

Ontario’s Soil Health Strategy: a 12-year roadmap with short-term funding

Ontario has released its provincial soil health strategy, a long-term framework that sets the vision, goals, and objectives for soil health and conservation in Ontario beginning this year and through to 2030. A 12-year strategy is lengthy in government program terms, but hardly a blip when we’re talking soil health, research, and improvement. Can Ontario… Read more »

Farm & Food Care Ontario names new chair

Farm & Food Care Ontario recently named its board of directors for the coming year. Stepping into the chair’s position is Christine Schoonderwoerd, nominated to the board by Wallenstein Feed & Supply Ltd. Schoonderwoerd replaces Brian Gilroy, nominated by Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, who assumes the role of past chair for the organization…. Read more »

Competitive for acres, exports — This week in the grain markets

Grain prices this week ended mixed as speculative players took profits off the table amidst growing weather and geopolitical risk. Delays in U.S. corn plantings and concerns about Chinese trade dominated the headlines. It’s still early, but just 3% of the U.S. corn crop was planted as of Sunday. Conditions this week weren’t great in… Read more »

AMI evolves program offerings under Canadian Agricultural Partnership

The Agri-Food Management Institute (AMI) has announced plans to deliver a mixture of established and new farm management programming under the newly launched Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Existing AMI initiatives, including the Advanced Farm Management Program, Transition Smart, and the Learning Roadshow, will continue under the new five-year federal-provincial ag funding framework. AMI plans to launch… Read more »

New insecticide promises to take bite out of soybean aphids

Soybean growers will soon have a new tool in the fight against yield-robbing soybean aphids. BASF expects to launch Sefina, a new insecticide it says will deliver control of aphids and white flies in soybean and potatoes, in 2019. BASF Canada horticulture crop manager Scott Hodgins explains that the new insecticide will deliver a unique… Read more »

Ontario ag retailers make 4R stewardship a priority

Ontario ag retailers need to provide leadership in helping farmers adopt 4R nutrient stewardship and a new audit program can do just that, says AGRIS Co-operative agronomist Dale Cowan. In 2015, OMAFRA, the Ontario Agri Business Association, Fertilizer Canada, and ag retailer stakeholders signed a memorandum of understanding stating that 4R nutrient stewardship – right source,… Read more »

Move away from neonics not reflected in MOECC corn planting statistics

Following significant restrictions by the Ontario government in 2015, seed corn companies in the province began to offer non-neonicotinoid seed treatment insecticide options. Now, a significant portion of corn seed sales carry non-neonicotinoid options. It’s bizarre then, that the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change recently published data showing only a 22% reduction in the amount… Read more »

How much yield potential do we lose planting after May 1?

It’s mid-April and a huge part of Western Canada, Ontario, and the northern U.S. is digging out after a late winter blast of snow, freezing rain, and ice. As May looms large in the next 14 days, we have to ask — when should we start to panic about a late planting season? May 1st… Read more »