Winter wheat is greening up quickly in many parts of Ontario.

Wheat crop promising after mild winter

A long-time layer of snow insulated the wheat, but also created risk of snow mould

Reading Time: 3 minutes This year’s mild winter has given winter wheat a strong start but snow mould has posed a risk for many areas.  Joanna Follings, cereals specialist with OMAFRA says she is confident seeing the wheat coming out of this winter season.  “We didn’t have a lot of extreme freeze thaw events; it was a lot more […] Read more

The new formulation of 2,4-D provides more tank mix options.

New Enlist product contains only 2,4-D

The product will enable more flexible tank-mixing options

Reading Time: 1 minute Corteva Agriscience has launched a new herbicide, Enlist 1, a standalone version of its new 2,4-D choline product.  The product is registered for use on Enlist E3 soybeans and Enlist corn.  Why it matters: Diverse herbicide options help with the control of the growing number of herbicide-resistant weeds. Enlist 1 is a stand-alone version of […] Read more

Although no longer a requirement, producers are still finding benefits to incorporating a robot room within their dairy facilities.

Does your milker need a robot room or not?

An enclosed room around a milking robot is no longer a regulatory requirement

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario dairy producers are still constructing robot rooms around their automated milking equipment, even though it’s no longer a requirement. Revisions to the National Automatic Milking Systems Guidelines, put together by the Canadian government and dairy industry representatives in 2020, no longer necessitates milking equipment areas, such as stationary automated milking systems, to have positive […] Read more

Over 70 years the layer of tillage doubled in depth.

Working soils deeper moves carbon lower

Research shows carbon levels are relatively stable over 70 years, but deeper in the soil

Reading Time: 2 minutes Soil carbon concentration has decreased since the 1950s but the plow layer has deepened and diluted the carbon content. This makes it difficult to accurately compare carbon concentrations as a dilution factor must be considered, say researchers at the University of Guelph.  “That is not the only factor contributing to that decrease in carbon concentration […] Read more

Individual sheep can spread footrot to others when conditions are right.

Managing footrot needs a whole-flock effort

Isolation of infected animals is key to managing hoof health issues

Reading Time: 3 minutes Footrot continues to be a concern for sheep producers across the province.  The virus’s ability to survive in warm and wet conditions, and on the hoof of previously infected sheep for many years, makes it a difficult disease to control.  “Mud and manure (help) to cause abrasions to the skin to help the infection get […] Read more


Feeding sheep looks different on every farm, but it’s important for forages to be harvested at the proper stage to ensure optimal quality.

Feed quality starts with proper harvest

Different forages have different ideal harvest stages

Reading Time: 3 minutes Different forage types require different harvest practices for optimal feed quality, says Courtney Vriens, ruminant nutritionist with Vriens Nutrition Consulting. Each of the four main types of forage used by sheep producers, alfalfa, grass, small grain silages and corn silage, provide excellent feed quality if harvested and managed properly. Why it matters: Accomplishing on-farm goals […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematodes are easiest to distinguish from nodules based on their size, but can be confirmed with the yellow liquid inside when opened. The nematodes are identified by the red circle.

Soybean cyst nematode infected area continues to expand

Soybean’s biggest yield robber gaining resistance as trait effectiveness declines in some areas

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to migrate across Ontario and is adapting to resistant varieties. Albert Tenuta, field crop pathologist with OMAFRA, says SCN is showing up outside the traditional southwestern Ontario infection areas and into Huron, Bruce and Simcoe counties. Resistant varieties are beginning to show symptoms on the roots. Why it matters: Soybean […] Read more

Potatoes are protected from early and late blight by applications of Mancozeb.

Mancozeb fungicide approved for continued use

There was concern the fungicide’s registration would be cancelled

Reading Time: 2 minutes Mancozeb, a group M fungicide, has been approved for continued use under the the Pest Control Products Act. The pesticide re-evaluation was completed by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) and the announcement was made Nov. 19. Why it matters: The elimination of Mancozeb would have been costly for farmers. The product has been used […] Read more


The Crop Metrics program can be focused for each crop type.

New online tool provides yield estimates

Tool allows farmers to make appropriate alterations to crop care and marketing

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new web application is designed to provide farmers with more accurate yield forecasts. Crop Metrics is an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada app that allows farmers to get accurate data in one place for in-season crops. It is focused on 11 crops including corn, soybeans, canola, durum, spring and winter wheat. “(It) brings together numerous […] Read more

One agronomist says awareness on how much fertility soybeans take out of the ground has grown.

High yields lead to greater nutrient removal

Growers may need to replenish soil crop nutrients after big 2020 yields

Reading Time: 2 minutes Record-breaking soybean yields this year have likely depleted soil nutrients that farmers will need to replace. Why it matters: When reviewing fertility requirements for a specific field, it is usually best to look at the five-year average for that crop on that field, but in a year like this that may not be adequate. Horst […] Read more