Tag: University of Guelph Ridgetown

Corn School: 250 Bushels or 70 Bushels — Measuring Drought Impact

How much corn yield could Ontario’s hot, dry summer cost growers? In this episode of the Corn School, Ridgetown College, University of Guelph field crop agronomist Dave Hooker explains that drought stress can have a tremendous impact on yield, especially during the two-week period that “brackets” silking. Hooker says that the number of rows on a… Read more »

High Times in the Soybean Sector: This Project’s Up in Smoke

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Pierre Trudeau was Prime Minister, it’s unlikely he would have envisioned his eldest son Justin not only leading the country like him, but advocating for the legal use of marijuana as a recreational and medicinal drug. Likewise, had the fathers of the budding soybean sector here… Read more »

Corn School: Picket Fence vs. Carbon Copy — Which is the Ideal Crop?

It’s a great problem to have, but gains of an average four to five bushels per acre per year is possible with today’s corn crop if modern genetics are managed properly. Of course, “managed properly” is too general — if Ontario’s average corn yield per acre is set to surpass the 200 bushel mark in… Read more »

Soybean School: Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds on the Rise

If you’ve noticed more than a few fleabane “escapes” in recent years, you’re not alone. Glyphosate resistant Canada fleabane has spread across more than 700 kilometers of Ontario crop land in just five years. Despite its incredible distribution, Canada fleabane wasn’t the first glyphosate resistant weed found in Ontario, says Dr. Peter Sikkema, field crop… Read more »

Soybean School: Should My Crop be Sprayed for White Mould?

White mould is a fungus caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, and tends to cause a bleached area of the stem, with black oblong sclerotia developing in the centre of the affected area, and inside the stem. But, we don’t want it to get that far. Enter fungicides. “The number one problem that growers have in timing fungicides is… Read more »

Corn School: What Does a “Day” Really Mean in Regards to Corn?

When a growing season doesn’t go exactly as hoped — a late spring, a cool summer, too much rain — corn growers get understandably nervous. Corn is a C4 plant — it can tolerate hot weather and needs rather warm weather to grow, set yield and mature. As much of Ontario deals with “weird and whacky”… Read more »

An Ag Education is Just the Beginning: Sparking a Love of Life-Long Learning

How did your ag education shape your career choices? Your interests in other areas of agriculture? Your willingness to continue to learn and keep learning? Watch more: Check out our corn production video series, the Corn School, here In this video, RealAgriculture’s Ontario field editor, Bern Tobin, speaks to Dave Hooker, professor at the University… Read more »

Soybean School: Yield Response to a Fungicide — Is Early Application Better?

What is the yield response of a soybean crop to a fungicide application? (wait for it…) It depends. If you’re not content with that answer, don’t worry — neither are researchers. While there are several factors that work in to the decision to spray, questions surrounding the efficacy and the response of that application can… Read more »

Soybean School: Go Big or Go Home — Does Intesifying Inputs Pay?

If you’re decided on rates and types of inputs, which do you skip or scale back on if margins become tight? Fungicide? Seed? Fertilizer? Should you cut back at all? The concept of intensively managing corn is widely accepted and researched, but not so with soybeans, so Dr. Dave Hooker and colleagues set out to… Read more »

How To Choose an Ag School, Plus Why you Should

I may be just a tiny bit biased, but as a proud aggie grad, I can’t imagine a better career choice. The number varies depending on who you ask, but it’s safe to say that there are more jobs available than there are those graduating with degrees and diplomas in agriculture- and horticulture- related fields…. Read more »

How Social Media is Extending Extension

Just a few years ago, Dave Hooker, professor at University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus, started a Twitter account as @CropDoc2. Like many, however, it sort of was just there and he didn’t do much with it. Then, at the urging of a colleague, Hooker started Tweeting, asking questions, pushing out research findings and started a true… Read more »