Dr. Xiuming Hao, left, AAFC/Harrow, Shalin Khosla, OMAFRA greenhouse vegetable specialist and Kenneth Tran, Microsoft Research principal applied scientist, at the Harrow Research and Development Centre.

Artificial intelligence could create efficiency and reliability in greenhouses

Canadian researchers say fewer managers are needed to run greenhouses with their system

Reading Time: 2 minutes Microsoft Research, with help from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, won the first Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge in 2018 with Project Sonoma — a system to operate greenhouses efficiently and reliably, while enabling greenhouse controls from remote areas. Wageningen University and Research, in Wageningen, Netherlands, and corporate sponsor Trencent challenged researchers, scientists and experts to build the […] Read more

Winter wheat was challenging to grow this past year, but quality was decent.

2019 winter wheat crop decent quality

Despite weather conditions, the lower-volume crop graded well

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 2019 Ontario winter wheat crop has millers reporting excellent quality. Most of the 2019 wheat crop was graded a No. 1 or No. 2 this year, with No. 2 being average for an Ontario crop, says Joanna Follings, OMAFRA cereals specialist. While yield was on the lower side for this year, and there were […] Read more

University of Guelph research showed there was significantly less leaching of nitrate in a trial where cover crops were grown.

Cover crops decrease nitrate leaching

Living mass within soil reduces concentration of nitrate

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study at the University of Guelph found cover crops help to reduce nitrate leaching, a threat to the environment. Masters student Jared Lapierre studied how cover crops help to better control nitrate leaching in two different soil types. Why it matters: Cover crops are known to help store and contain nutrients by increasing […] Read more

Sean Jordan of University of Guelph Environmental Sciences, pictured with lysimeter.

Interpretive centre heading into fourth season with lysimeters

Unique sensors help collect data points to determine soil health

Reading Time: 2 minutes In 2016 the Soil Health Interpretive Centre installed 18 lysimeters to help measure data points within soil to understand soil health. The instalment is the biggest of its kind in North America. “There are 230 in the world and we have 18 of them,” says Sean Jordan, research technician with the School of Environmental Sciences […] Read more

The farmers are paired with a coach for three years to develop and implement a regenerative management plan.

General Mills looks to change how agriculture is viewed

The company says regenerative farming can be a solution to agriculture challenges

Reading Time: 3 minutes A farmer is regenerative when he or she improves soil health, biodiversity and farmer economic resilience, says Steve Rosenzweig with General Mills. The company has used the term a lot and believes adoption of regenerative processes is what it will take to change the paradigm through which farmers view agriculture. Why it matters: General Mills […] Read more


Minister Ernie Hardeman joined Ontario Corn Fed Beef as they signed a collaboration agreement with Kinsho Japan on Oct. 21, 2019.

Ontario trade mission aimed to connect Ontario producers, processors with buyers

The trade mission visited Japan and South Korea

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s Agriculture Minister, Ernie Hardeman, along with representatives from Beef Farmers of Ontario, Ontario Pork and Grain Farmers of Ontario have completed their trade mission in Japan and South Korea. The objective of the mission, which took place Oct. 12 to 24 was to promote Ontario’s products to overseas markets, specifically pork, beef and soybeans. […] Read more

Kristin Obeid says more farmers need to take advantage of quick testing to improve weed management.

Leaf tissue testing helps to identify herbicide resistance

Two- to 10-day turn around for test results is much quicker than in the past

Reading Time: 2 minutes Resistant weeds continue to create problems across Ontario as horticulture growers have far fewer post-emergent herbicide products compared to cash crop growers. Why it matters: If growers have access to a quick, reliable test for herbicide resistance, they can develop control strategies sooner, and reduce the potential for the weeds to spread. Kristen Obeid, weed […] Read more