The term “agricultural extension” generally refers to the process of applying new research and knowledge to help farmers improve farming methods and techniques. While this concept has existed for thousands of years, the word “extension” itself dates back to the 1860s in England when universities made an attempt to extend practical information through lectures outside… Read More

There are plenty of weedy corn fields across Ontario as a planting season with weather-induced stops and starts has some growers struggling to get crop in the ground and also stay ahead of the weeds. Getting the jump on those weeds, especially in fields relying on post-emergent herbicide programs is critical, says University of Guelph… Read More

If you feel like you’re seeing Ontario Agricultural College jackets everywhere online and in Ontario today, you’re not imagining it — May 2024 marks 150 years since the opening of the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC), one of the University of Guelph’s three founding colleges. This month kicks off several planned events to honour the 150th… Read More

Thanks for tuning in to Tuesday with Lyndsey on RealAg Radio. On today’s show we will hear from: Sara Epp with the University of Guelph on why vets aren’t going north; Lorne Boundy, merchandiser with Paterson Grain for an oat market update; James Mitchell of Crop Management Network with a fertilizer market update; A clip… Read More

There’s a growing problem in rural and remote areas of Ontario. A lack of large animal veterinarians is looming for the region, and the problem will only get worse without strategies to address the impending issue. Already, farmers and ranchers have identified that large distances and too few vets makes proper veterinary care expensive. Now,… Read More

What’s the most economic rate of nitrogen for corn? Where is that line between feeding the crop the right amount of the yield-producing nutrient and wasting dollars on excess product? University of Guelph sustainable cropping systems professor Dr. Adrian Correndo says a lot of field trials and research brainpower has been invested in identifying an… Read More

Leaf twisting, burning, cupping, or crinkling — those are just some of the signs that a crop may be suffering from herbicide injury. Why do herbicides cause crop injury? University of Guelph weed researcher Dr. Peter Sikkema says injury causes can be classified into seven basic categories. That list includes extreme weather, unique or variable… Read More

Corn growers often apply nitrogen later in the season to gain more control of the crop. At the V10 or V11 development stage, growers typically have a better understanding of how the crop is developing, its yield potential, the growing environment and what the market is willing to pay. There’s also logistics to consider —… Read More

European corn borer wreaked havoc for decades in cornfields across North America before the adoption of transgenic traits (Bt) in the late 1990s effectively punched out the pest. Earlier this year at Southwest Crop Diagnostic Days at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus, Ontario ministry of agriculture entomologist Tracey Baute noted that the yield-robbing insect… Read More

The University of Guelph’s weeds team were big winners at the Weed Science Society of America’s National Weed Science Contest in Union City, Tennessee this past week The 17-member team of graduate and undergraduate students have been preparing for months to test their weed ID, herbicide symptomology, sprayer calibration and farmer problem solving against students… Read More

Common ragweed’s ability to resist the control efforts of different herbicide groups continues to grow across Ontario. Last winter, University of Guelph weed scientist Dr. Peter Sikkema confirmed the presence of Group 14 resistance in common ragweed, making the broadleaf pest resistant to enzyme inhibitors, including branded weed control products such as Reflex and Blazer,… Read More

The Ontario government has revealed its plans to help address veterinary shortages in the province, with a focus on large-animal practice in northern and remote communities. A $15 million spend will establish a new Collaborative Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program with the University of Guelph and Lakehead University, at Thunder Bay, to train more veterinarians…. Read More

 

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