Kara, left, Tom, Erica, Andrew and Dawn Pate at their farm.

Sorting out roles often starting place for young farmers

Succession planning sometimes left until returning youth find their place

Developing a succession plan is often a long and complicated process and for younger people just returning to the family farm, it may not be the first priority. Finding, or rediscovering, their place on the farm is more likely to be top of mind for many of them. For those farmers, determining their roles and […] Read more

Developing oats that are higher yielding and disease resistant for eastern Canada are one of the areas to be managed by Grain Farmers of Ontario. Corn and soybean improvements are also a focus.

National research to address common grain issues

Provinces collaborate to leverage research dollars and expertise for greater impact

Approximately $14 million has been allocated by the federal government and industry partners to a cross-province grain research cluster, with the intention of developing more productive — and more resilient — grain varieties for Canadian farmers. Industry representatives say the investment, as well as funding commitments from organizations within the grains sector, are important for […] Read more

Dave Hope, former farmer and civil servant, is now the second chair to be appointed to the OPVG board.

OPVG conference sees new appointed chair, elected vice-chairs

The results of grower resolutions from the annual business meeting have not yet been made public as the meeting was closed

Updated Feb. 6 Delegates to the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers annual meeting continued to express their displeasure in resolutions over the way their organization has been rearranged over the past couple of years by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Comission. The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) held elections for two vice-chair positions at its annual […] Read more

Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes, is most at risk from phosphorus loading.

The importance of voluntary 4R nutrient management

Agriculture has a chance to manage phosphorus load in waterways, before regulations arrive

As nutrient runoff into Lake Erie and other waterways continues to be a major public environmental issue, veteran agronomists say voluntarily adopting 4R Nutrient Stewardship is more important than ever. Why it matters: Veteran agronomists say Ontario farmers must voluntarily adopt industry-driven 4R Nutrient Stewardship before more stringent and costly government regulations on nutrient runoff […] Read more

Plants are particularly susceptible to competition in early growth stages.

Plant stress makes early-season weed control critical

Research shows corn and soybeans can sense the presence of weeds even before emergence

Do you get anxious about weeds in the field? Your crops sure do, and according to new research, yield reductions from early-season weed pressure can happen extremely quickly. Research in the late 1980s established the significant yield impacts caused by weeds if they are not properly controlled early in the growing season, says Clarence Swanton, […] Read more


Infection of corn by disease like Gibberella that leads to DON problems has to have specific conditions.

The DON to come – agronomic lessons from 2018

Farmers have new information to consider on hybrid selection, fungicide timing

The vomitoxin problem in Ontario’s 2018 corn crop was more severe than most years and continues to cause problems for producers and buyers. However, the fungus-fostering conditions that caused the issue offer agronomic lessons for managing deoxynivalenol (DON) risk. According to Dale Cowan, senior agronomist and sales manager for AGRIS Co-operative and Wanstead Farmers Co-operative, […] Read more

Maurice Chauvin and the a Salford RTS machine that he uses on his farm.

Curiosity and care guide farm’s principles

The Chauvin farm takes a long-term view on measures like soil organic matter

The Essex Soil and Crop Improvement Association recently bestowed its 2018 Conservation Farm of the Year award to Maurice (Moe) Chauvin, a sixth-generation grain farmer from Pointe-aux-Roches (known as Stoney Point to Anglophones). The award is granted annually to a farm within Essex County that displays conservation-minded management practices. For Chauvin, adopting such practices starts […] Read more

Corn has been discounted across much of Ontario because of high levels of DON. There are challenges in marketing especially high infection level corn.

How the new DON testing cost-share program works

Funds will share half of the cost of DON testing or equipment purchase so farmers can know what they have in their bins

With vomitoxin (DON) levels prevalent in this year’s corn crop, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) says a new DON testing cost-sharing initiative will help producers strategically market their grain. Why it matters: OSCIA says the cost-sharing program will help farmers know how severe their deoxynivalenol (DON) issues are, and how to market […] Read more


Ann Vermeersch and her family use variable rate technology especially for lime application on their farm.

Measuring savings from variable rate

Farmers suggest finding areas on the farm where precision technology makes sense

Sometimes new tech is employed for what some farmers dub “the cool factor.” For most, though, the adoption of precision farming strategies largely relies on a rather dogged question – namely, does it pay? In many cases the answer remains elusive. This reality has been cited as a major contributing factor to slow rate of […] Read more

Dr. Brian Lynch, research scientist, robotics and automation, with the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, demonstrated the Robotic High-Wire Cucumber Harvester prototype to MP Chris Bittle and Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

Investment to help develop horticulture automation

The hope is that the greenhouse-focused work will spread to other agriculture sectors

Ontario horticultural sector representatives say a federal investment of $5 million into automation projects could help address labour issues. Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) announced the investment Nov. 26, as part of an overall $690 million commitment to technological innovation of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership — a five-year federal-provincial investment plan focused on growth in […] Read more