The government needs to prioritize Canada’s food system, as I believe it has. – John Greig, editor.

Editorial: Food system resilience should be priority

Reading Time: 3 minutes We only had a small amount of COVID-19 coverage in our last issue of Farmtario. What a difference in a couple of weeks, as our world has been turned upside down. Who knows what the news will be by the time you get our latest newspaper. The situation is changing so quickly, but it looks […] Read more

Olymel has labour challenges relating to COVID-19, reducing its processing capacity.

Olymel reducing Ontario hog numbers

Company is in court Monday to try to get out a requirement to take Quebec hogs first

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec pork processor Olymel is taking about half of the pigs it usually does from Ontario and is working to get out of contracts with producers, due to processing shortages related to COVID-19. Olymel informed Ontario producers on April 2 that it would be invoking Force Majeure – the clause in contracts that covers unforeseen […] Read more

The new 7000-8000 series Lexion combines will be running in Ontario fields this harvest season.

A colour change and more capacity for new Lexion

The 2020 version of the combine now comes with the Claas green

Reading Time: 2 minutes Claas’s new Lexion combine is now being sold in Ontario, but with a bit of a different look. The Lexions, redesigned for 2020, are now in the traditional Claas green colour, after years of a nod to their Caterpillar past in North America. Jeremy Noble, who sells the combines for HJV, the dealer for Lexion […] Read more

Some farmers will have to dump milk in order to try to help right the dairy supply chain.

Some Ontario milk not being picked up as market shifts

Closure of restaurants and food service due to COVID-19 has challenged processors

Reading Time: < 1 minute Hundreds of Ontario dairy farmers won’t have their milk picked up and potentially into the future because of gluts of milk at processors due to market changes from COVID-19. Dairy Farmers of Ontario let its farmers know on March 31 that some will have to dump their milk due to huge changes in the milk […] Read more

The AFS Connect Steiger is available with tracks or wheels and ranges from 370 to 620 horsepower.

Steiger tractors get a digital update

The large horsepower tractors are now are available with Case IH’s AFS Connect system

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario farmers were some of the first to get a look at the new Case IH AFS Connect Steiger tractor when it was displayed at the London Farm Show. The tractor was launched at the Commodity Classic in the U.S. a week earlier. The tractor brings the AFS Connect technology, engineered throughout the whole tractor […] Read more


The Fairlife Canada building in Peterborough under construction.

Fairlife plant opening delayed by COVID-19 travel restrictions

It needs experts to help it with final testing of the new Peterborough milk plant

Reading Time: < 1 minute A limit on the movement of people around the world due to COVID-19 means a delay in the start up of the new Fairlife Canada milk plant in Peterborough. Company officials announced today that start up will be delayed until later in 2020. The plant was weeks from receiving its first shipment of Canadian milk. […] Read more

Farmer ready to cut woodlots to pay carbon tax

Government needs to pay for carbon sinks like woodlots and crops, he says

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Lambton County farmer, a winner of environmental awards, says he is ready to rip out his woodlots to help pay for carbon taxes on his farm. Joe Kerr, his wife and their company own about 1,800 acres, about 365 of which is woodlot. He doesn’t expect to clear it all, because it wouldn’t make […] Read more

Cutline: One of the Charolais bulls available at the Saunders Charolais sale on April 4 that has moved online.

Tips for safe bull sales

The suggestions for safe events apply to any other types of still-necessary gatherings

Reading Time: 2 minutes [UPDATED: April 1, 2020] Brent Saunders and his family have moved their 15th annual Charolais bull sale online. They are one of many farms with bull sales scheduled across the country challenged by group gathering restrictions because of COVID-19. Bull sales are a main source of income for many producers, and still the way many […] Read more


Shawn Livingston explained FurrowForce and other Precision Planting technology to visitors to the London Farm Show.

More precision in seed row closure

Down pressure for seed closure can now be controlled automatically, with multiple adjustments per second

Reading Time: 3 minutes Closing the trench over and around the seed has been a challenge increasingly met by more innovation over the past decade. That’s meant there are many and varied types of closure and press wheels for planters now on the market. Precision Planting believes it has found what really needs to be done – control the […] Read more

Consumers are demanding new packaging including less plastic when taking food home from restaurants.

Connecting with consumers: Food trends for 2020

Consumers are changing their food-buying habits and adopting new attitudes toward food technology

Reading Time: 2 minutes Consumer preferences are changing rapidly and the trends that are showing up illustrate those changes. Nourish Network has identified nine food trends for 2020 that will also affect farmers, in everything from packaging to science and entertainment. Why it matters: Consumer trends eventually filter down to farmers and the products they sell. Jo-Ann McArthur, president […] Read more