Don Kabbes, of Great Lakes Grain, left, takes measurements while customer Kevin Van Bakel looks on during the recent Great Lakes Grain yield tour.

Great Lakes Grain tour calls for big soy and corn yields

Earlier planting and heat and rain when needed have boosted potential harvest

Reading Time: 3 minutes [UPDATED: Sept. 22, 2020] The results of the Great Lakes Grain Yield Tour say that Ontario could have record soybean yields. The 11th edition of the tour, which looks at crops from Windsor to the Ottawa Valley, assesses corn and soybean yield and gives individual farmers report cards on their projected yields. This year the […] Read more

Editorial: Living in 2020’s tornado alley

Reading Time: 3 minutes We didn’t know we would be in one of Ontario’s tornado alleys when we moved a short 10-minute drive south of our previous home more than a decade ago. But two tornados within seven kilometres of our farm in the past three months has my family more vigilant during hot and sultry days when a […] Read more

Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs makes an announcement at the site of Canada's Outdoor Farm Show Sept. 15, 2020.

Discovery Farm Woodstock to be established at COFS site

Canada's Outdoor Farm Show owner to purchase site, create farmer-led research centre

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia, parent company of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show (COFS), is purchasing 100 acres, the current site of the show, from the province. The purchase will enable the company to establish Discovery Farm Woodstock, to provide COFS with a permanent home and create a centre for applied agriculture research. The land had been owned by […] Read more

Rural Ontario has not seen as dramatic employment drops as urban areas and has recovered quicker.

Ontario rural employment almost back to pre-COVID levels

Rural employment in other provinces hasn’t been as strong as it has in Ontario

Reading Time: 2 minutes Rural Ontario’s employment levels are almost back to year ago level – almost making up the unemployment created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) reports that Ontario unemployment is 0.6 per cent below levels in August 2019, according to Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey. Why it matters: Rising employment is critical to […] Read more

Don Kabbes, general manager of Great Lakes Grain (at right) checks out a soybean plant during the Great Lakes Grain crop tour. Also shown (from left) are Laura Kroeker and Rachel Duesbury.

Big Ontario corn and soy yields ahead?

Earlier planting and heat and rain when needed have boosted potential harvest yields

Reading Time: 2 minutes [AUDIO: Listen to John Greig, editor of Farmtario, talk with Don Kabbes, general manager of Great Lakes Grain about corn and soybean yield projections.] [UPDATE: Sept. 14, 2020] Ontario is in line for a record soybean crop. That’s the result from the recent Great Lakes Grain yield tour. The 11th edition of the tour, which […] Read more


VIDEO: Ontario soybean yields could be a record

Great Lakes Grain crop tour finds potentially high yielding corn and soybean crops in Ontario

Reading Time: < 1 minute Great Lakes Grain recently finished its annual crop tour and is predicting top yields for Ontario soybean and corn crops. Hear what Don Kabbes, general manager of Great Lakes Grain, had to say about the actual yield numbers and why crops have grown well this year in this interview with John Greig, editor of Farmtario.

Grain deliveries in Ontario will require more paperwork to include variety declarations, but not this year.

New grain declaration system coming to Eastern Canada

There’s a one-year exemption while the trade deal-driven change is implemented

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario grain farmers have a year’s reprieve from increased documentation made necessary by the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement on trade. The trade deal, which came into effect July 1, changed a provision in the original NAFTA deal that automatically graded all American wheat imported into Canada as feed wheat. It will now be graded in the same […] Read more

Editorial: Crises will push you out of your comfort zone quickly

Reading Time: 3 minutes We’re all being pushed into new and sometimes challenging experiences during COVID-19, me included. The movement and personal contact restrictions made necessary by the pandemic have changed how journalists work, including how we’re able to tell stories at Farmtario. Major events in world history have pushed people beyond their comfort zones and that’s helped drive […] Read more


The corner of Harvester Line and Appleby Drive, the location of Sofina Foods’ pork processing plant has become the focus on increased conflict between truckers and protesters.

Parts of animal trespass bill to go into force immediately

Continued blockading of trucks going to processing plants has become a safety hazard, says province

Reading Time: 2 minutes The provincial government has proclaimed four sections of Bill 156, making it an offence to “stop, obstruct, hinder or otherwise interfere” with a vehicle transporting farm animals.   Why it matters: Dueling protests between animal rights activists and supporters of truckers have become flash points after an activist was killed after she tried to block […] Read more

Packages of unidentified seeds which appear to have been mailed from China to U.S. postal addresses are seen at the Washington State Department of Agriculture in Olympia, Washington on July 24, 2020.

Editorial: Seeds of mystery

Reading Time: 3 minutes There’s been much made of the arrival in the mailboxes of Canadians and Americans of mystery plant material and seeds from China and other countries in that region. There are numerous reasons that this is an intriguing story and made a splash across all the major media shortly after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) […] Read more