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  • Corn School: Nitrogen strategies for early and late-planted crops
    As the calendar turns to the back half of June in Ontario, growers typically sharpen their focus on nitrogen management as the crop pushes into its rapid growth phases. But what’s happening in the field in mid June 2024 is really dependent on where in the province you farm and ...
  • AAFC announces early list of regions eligible for livestock tax deferral due to drought
    Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced an early list of regions that are eligible for Livestock Tax Deferral in 2024. Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the announcement June 14 in order to “provide producers with more certainty heading into the summer months.” The Livestock Tax Deferral provision allows livestock producers in certain areas ...
  • Poll: What’s the moisture situation where you are?
    Depending on where you farm, you’re either rejoicing in a return to moisture (but where is the warmth?) or cursing the clouds that continue to roll in, day after day. Canada is a big place, and it’s never a good idea to make generalizations; however, generally speaking the Prairies are in ...
  • Drier conditions expected through summer after ample spring moisture in many areas
    There are areas of Western Canada that are nowhere near full soil recharge, and there are areas of Ontario still too wet to plant, but overall ample moisture in April and May has set farmers and ranchers up with a solid start to the 2024 growing season. Looking ahead to June, ...
  • Looks like a great winter wheat crop — cross your fingers
    Ontario winter wheat growers are crossing their fingers and holding their breath as a potential record crop heads into its final weeks of grain fill and approaches harvest. RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson says a key yield indicator he’s been watching is the number of seeds at each spikelet. He notes that ...
  • Wheat Pete’s Word, June 5: Stroke awareness week, in-crop nitrogen, and rain delay decisions
    It’s stroke awareness week! Peter Johnson starts off this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word by talking about both volunteering and the importance of catching strokes early. Medical procedures can now reverse almost all of the negative impacts of a stroke if they can be treated within the first four to six ...
  • Soybean School: Managing weedy fields after crop emergence
    When it comes to weed control in soybeans, it’s always best to start clean and stay clean. But when fieldwork and planting are delayed thanks to poor spring conditions, growers are often forced to plant now and spray later. That’s the situation many Ontario growers have experienced in 2024 as wet ...
  • Saskatchewan farmers and ranchers off to a better start in 2024
    The latest Saskatchewan crop report, dated May 30th, shows farmers have made significant seeding progress. According to the report, 77 per of seeding is now complete, though this remains behind the five-year average of 91 per cent and the ten-year average of 89 percent. Despite these figures, crop emergence is reported to ...
  • Wheat Pete’s Word, May 29: Turning signals, the value of weed control, stripe rust and sticking with corn
    It’s a long one! Peter Johnson has lots to say on this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word. It starts with road safety. Be careful out there, especially when turning with traffic behind you. Planting is finishing up for many in Ontario, but some growers just can’t seem to catch a break ...
  • Consider impact on rotation when switching from corn to soybeans at planting
    Planting across Ontario is nearing completion in many regions, but excessive rain continues to stall progress in some areas, leaving farmers to contemplate switching intended corn acres to soybeans. It’s a decision that has significant cropping implications, says RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson, and he wants growers to look at all the ...
  • When to switch corn hybrids in a wet spring
    Wet spring conditions across Ontario have some corn growers contemplating whether it’s time to switch hybrids and plant shorter season corn hybrids. In Eastern Ontario, Pioneer Seeds Canada agronomist Paul Hermans is one of many agronomists fielding calls from growers looking for insight on when to make a swap. Planting progress ...
  • Water restrictions in southern Alberta unlikely to lift without significant change in reservoir levels
    Drought conditions in the last couple of years have led to St. Mary River Irrigation District (SMRID) south of Lethbridge signing new water sharing memorandums of understanding amongst users in four sub-basins of southern Alberta. Without a significant change in reservoir levels, the water allocation for the 2024 year stands at ...
  • AgriRecovery top-up on the way for Saskatchewan livestock producers
    Nearly 3,500 livestock producers in Saskatchewan who were eligible for drought assistance through the AgriRecovery program launched last October will be receiving a top-up of up to $50 per head from the federal and provincial governments. Provincial agriculture minister David Marit announced the additional payments during a visit to the Saskatchewan ...
  • Fusarium forecast system needs more weather station help
    Starting in May, Prairie farmers will have access to an up-to-the-day fusarium head blight forecasting tool for winter and spring wheat, durum, and barley. The new forecasting tool is based on over five years of research and field-level proof-of-concept work supported by Alberta Grains, SaskWheat, SaskBarley, the Manitoba Crop Alliance, the ...
  • B.C. fruit producers and vineyards waiting on word regarding AgriRecovery after deep freeze
    B.C. wine of a 2024 vintage is going to be hard to find in the coming years, as vineyards and fruit producers in much of southern B.C. are reeling from a cold snap in January — the latest in a series of major challenges for the high value crops grown ...

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