Wheat in some areas looks healthy, such as this Middlesex County field, but experts say to get out of the vehicle and check.

Have patience when deciding fate of winter wheat fields

Wet, cool conditions making predictions of wheat success difficult

Wheat needs heat. With few truly warm days seen so far — as well as unfavourable planting conditions in the autumn of 2018 — agronomy experts say to not rush in condemning your winter wheat. “We had an estimated 900,000 acres of wheat planted last fall; 89 per cent was soft red, seven per cent […] Read more

Marie, left and Gary Baars with their children.

Talk about money, even though it’s tough

Having clear financial conversations can go a long ways towards building a successful succession plan

This is part of a continuing series by Matt McIntosh looking at succession issues. Discussing farm finances and the financial aspect of succession can be tough. This is particularly true when succession plans must account for family members who do not intend to farm, or those uncomfortable with money-related conversation. But discussing the dollars is […] Read more

Canadian researchers could be at a disadvantage if gene edited crops and livestock are more quickly approved in other countries.

How will gene-editing reach the farm?

Biotech advocates say regulatory clarity is critical, but not available in Canada

Biotechnology experts and supporters from the agriculture and medical sectors met in Toronto recently to discuss how Canada’s regulatory system could better enable the safe commercialization of gene-edited plants and animals. Hosted by Ontario Agri-Food Technologies and CropLife Canada, the March 7 meeting provided an overview of gene-editing regulations in various countries around the world. […] Read more

Close-up of Sierra Mixe maize aerial roots and mucilage production.

Nitrogen fixing corn?

Genes from Mexican variety could reduce fertilizer bill and environmental footprint

If nitrogen fertilizer wasn’t necessary for growing corn, how much would you save? According to research from the University of Wisconsin, ancient relatives of modern commercial corn might hold another key to developing nitrogen-fixing corn varieties. Why it matters: Corn that fixes a major portion of its own nitrogen could bring significant savings and environmental […] Read more

Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax is a significant added expense for farmers looking to expand.

Succession can be taxing if some land ownership isn’t considered

Does your succession strategy account for Land Transfer Tax? If not the repercussions could be costly

When it comes to transferring land, handing the farm to the next generation can be expensive. Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax (LTT), more specifically, can take a significant bite out of a family’s farm succession finances if an exemption can’t be achieved. Consequently, it’s important for farmers to know when LTT applies — and how to […] Read more

Corn salvage benefits will start in the future at lower DON parts per million than the current program.

Province, federal government announce corn salvage benefit

Program will gives farmers more options when corn quality is poor in the future

Farmers should have more salvage benefit options in future years if they have a serious corn quality problem like this year’s DON challenges. The federal and provincial governments recently announced a new tiered corn salvage benefit that will be introduced to production insurance plans. This is in response to requests from farmers who, as a […] Read more

An overhead look at the level of control cereal rye has provided when it was seeded the previous fall (mid-November) at 60 lbs acre (left) compared to no cereal rye planted (right).

A double-barreled approach to fleabane control

Combined herbicide-cover crop approach can provide effective control

As herbicide-resistant Canada fleabane and other problem weeds continue to frustrate farmers, more creative control solutions are being sought. Planting cover crops, specifically cereal rye is a good tactic, say researchers from the University of Guelph and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs. Why it matters: Herbicide-resistant weeds are creating more challenges […] Read more

Tyler Whale spoke to the attendees of the recent Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers conference.

Canadian agriculture needs technology to innovate

Next innovators will need to look beyond yield and to what consumers are demanding

Will the next Canadian agricultural technological revolution focus on yield or taste? According to Tyler Whale, president of Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, an organization focused on technological development in food and agriculture, Canada’s farm and food sector must consider more than yield, stress tolerance, and other production factors to stay competitive and relevant to market demands. […] Read more

Agriculture economists see the Canadian dollar have significant effect on farm prospects in 2019.

The good, the bad, and the uncertain

Agriculture takes a cautious but optimistic economic step into 2019

The last few years have been good for business, generally speaking, but as some notable headwinds gain strength, Canadian farmers may want to approach the coming year with caution. Uncertainties regarding trade and economic health south of the border, as well as upward pressure from input costs and interest rates, make it difficult to predict […] Read more

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