Corn and soybean insects and disease are the focus of Day 3 of Ontario Diagnostic Days. The annual Ontario field crop diagnostic days held at Ridgetown, Elora, and Winchester are again virtual in 2021. On this episode, host Shaun Haney is joined by OMAFRA field crops entomologist Tracey Baute to discuss growing concern about corn rootworm… Read More

Soybean aphid numbers are building quickly in several fields in Ontario, and farmers have already had to book an insecticide pass to get ahead of the pest. In this week’s Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson says reports have come in from the Milverton area and Eastern Ontario with aphids at or above threshold. It… Read More

Last week’s insect alert of weevil hitting second-year alfalfa fields has now been expanded to include the potato leafhopper and more acres. Leafhopper can be especially hard on newly-seeded alfalfa, even if it is a resistant variety. The resistant trait is not expressed in the first growing season, explains Peter Johnson, resident agronomist for RealAgriculture…. Read More

Several reports of poor regrowth on second- or later-year alfalfa in the Niagara and other Ontario regions seems to be caused by one culprit: alfalfa weevil. Agronomists are reporting scouting fields that have already reached threshold for the pest (see photos below). Because of early season heat, some established fields of alfalfa were cut relatively… Read More

Welcome to the top of the week’s RealAg Radio show! On this Agronomic Monday you’ll hear from: Tracey Baute, field crop entomologist with OMAFRA, on Bt resistant corn rootworm; A product spotlight with Mark Kerry of DEKALB Canada; Tom Wolf of AgriMetrix and Sprayers 101, on keeping spray records and reflecting on them; and, Jeanette… Read More

Resistance to Bt corn rootworm hybrids has developed in Ontario and growers are asking: what’s the best strategy to control the yield-robbing pest if in-seed technology fails? Resistance has been confirmed in several fields in Huron, Perth and Durham Counties in Ontario and the problem is likely even more widespread, says Tracey Baute, Ontario Ministry… Read More

It’s another Monday, which means it’s time to tackle all things agronomy on RealAg Radio! On today’s show, you’ll hear: RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, on the hot dry weather that eastern Canada is facing and the impact it has on wheat, soybeans, and corn ; Scott Meers of Mayland Ag Consulting, on… Read More

Today, on RealAg Radio: The agronomics of falling number, and thinking ahead to 2020, with Jeremy Boychyn of the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission’s; Weed resistance in Australia, with Hugh Beckie, of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative; An update on western bean cutworm and corn earworm in Ontario, with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and… Read More

A new soybean pest has hit the radar screen, and it could be a threat to soybean growers across Canada. Gall midge was first detected in Nebraska in 2011 and has since been confirmed in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. On this episode of RealAgriculture’s Soybean School, OMAFRA entomologist Tracey Baute explains that the midge… Read More

 

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