The Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is launching a video series focusing on mental health for farmers, their families and rural communities. The videos, featuring information and advice from farmers and leaders in the agriculture sector, will be posted on twitter via @OMAFRA and the ministry’s website throughout the season. “When we… Read More

Traditionally, when the soil is fit for planting, growers fill the planter with corn seed and start to roll. But is it time to rethink that time-honoured approach? Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) soybean specialist Horst Bohner believes so. He says there’s plenty of evidence to suggest early-planted soybeans deliver a… Read More

As we approach the ending of another winter, Mother Nature is not being kind. As some Ontario and Quebec farmers learned last week, wind-whipped snow loads can quickly become too much for even brand new construction. Reports of at least one dairy barn, a hog barn, and a drive shed collapsing in the last week has… Read More

Ontario’s government has announced a proposal to streamline and modernize the Farm Business Registration Program by moving the program to electronic delivery and a simplified registration process. The proposal to reduce red tape for farmers is part of the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, the second in a series of bills targeted at getting government “out of the way… Read More

Can Ontario winter wheat growers mix ammonium thiosulphate (ATS) with herbicides and fungicides to address sulphur deficiency symptoms or should they apply it separately with streamer nozzles? That’s a question Mike Cowbrough and Joanna Follings wanted to answer with 2018 research plots. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs weed specialist and cereals… Read More

From an environmental standpoint, Ontario experienced a perfect storm in 2018 that produced an epidemic of gibberella ear rot in corn and resulting unprecedented DON levels. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs field crop plant pathologist Albert Tenuta compares the conditions that created the classic silk channel infection in corn hybrids to what… Read More

While barn fires can happen at any time, winter carries with it added risks when farmers use heat lamps or other heat sources to keep livestock warm and dry. Approximately 40 per cent of all barn fires are caused by faulty electrical systems. For many, there’s no getting around using older barns and buildings, but… Read More