VIDEO: Water hemp weed management

VIDEO: Water hemp weed management

Field Talk with Chris Snip

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario contributor Matt McIntosh talks with Chris Snip, crop sales specialist with Agris Co-operative, about waterhemp in Essex County, wider herbicide management concerns – and the importance of dialogue with your farm neighbours.

OMAFRA’s Agronomy Guide for Field Crops (Publication 811) lists lamb’s quarters as the most common weed in corn and soybeans, according to a 2014 survey of Ontario Certified Crop Advisors. In winter wheat, it takes third place behind dandelion and chickweed.

Weed of the week: Lamb’s quarters

It’s important to get ahead of this prolific, early-growing species

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lamb’s quarters can be a real contender in the field despite susceptibility to a variety of active ingredients. A species of the goosefoot family, lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album L) require early and active management. Why it matters: Lamb’s quarters are extremely common, emerge early and can significantly reduce yields. Lamb’s quarters are a summer annual […] Read more

There will be continued interest in plant-based protein products post-pandemic, and there is plenty of room for wheat and other grains to be included.

Grain-based foods popular in post-pandemic world

Altered purchasing behaviours and personal preferences may bring opportunities

Reading Time: 3 minutes Homemade sourdough bread might not last into post-pandemic life, but that doesn’t mean the popularity of wheat and grains will diminish overall. Changing consumption behaviour offers many opportunities for the sector, according to Dana McCauley, veteran food system analyst and director of New Venture Creation in the University of Guelph Office of Research. Why it […] Read more

The bylaw bans the clear-cutting of woodlots and woodlands to address environmental issues in the county.

Farmers push back against Chatham clear-cut bylaw

Municipality says council intended to prevent aggressive cutting as wider environmental policy changes are discussed

Reading Time: 3 minutes A Chatham-Kent bylaw banning the clear-cutting of woodlots and woodlands has generated frustration and feelings of exclusion in policy development among some Chatham farmers. Passed by municipal council on April 26, the temporary, 120-day bylaw pertains to wooded landscapes more than half an acre in size, and a specified density of trees. It comes as […] Read more

As the genomes of more wheat varieties are mapped, breeders can more quickly and precisely identify and develop cultivars of interest, but in-field testing remains a key step in cultivar development.

Genome mapping changes wheat breeding

New technologies help unravel the mysteries of a large, complex organism

Reading Time: 2 minutes Genomic technologies are helping wheat breeders speed the process of finding solutions to longstanding production challenges.  But while DNA sequencing and other approaches are a boon for understanding the large and complex wheat genome, in-field testing for yield stability remains a critical part of cultivar development.  Why it matters: As the genomes of more wheat […] Read more


Blake Vince has devised several equipment modifications to manage seeding through thick residue.

How to plant into thick cover crops

Two farmers share their strategies for planting green

Reading Time: 4 minutes Accounting for corn stalks in the spring is one thing. Planting through thick green cover crops is another.  Standard planter setups don’t quite cut it in such cases. For Blake Vince and Larry Dyck, who are both cover crop enthusiasts and experimenters, on-farm equipment customization has been the solution.  Why it matters: Thick green cover […] Read more


According to Al Mussell, the last census indicated the only category of farms growing in Canada achieved in excess of $1 million in sales. It’s a trend he expects the next census will again highlight, and one he believes will eventually impact how the industry represents itself to the general public.

What’s driving equipment and land costs?

Low interest rates and good commodity prices, while significant, are not the whole story

Reading Time: 5 minutes Low interest rates and good commodity prices are often tied to increases in land and equipment values. While significant, however, they are not the only factors at play.  Systems providing financial securities to different parts of the agriculture sector can have similar impacts on high crop prices. Asset interest from outside the industry, consumer whims, […] Read more


Growers need to pay extra attention to cleaning equipment post-planting to ensure there is no contamination at the elevator or further up the supply chain.

Planting, harvest equipment best kept separate, advisors say

Steps should be taken to prevent treated seed from contaminating harvested grain

Reading Time: 3 minutes Growers should take extra time at harvest to ensure no treated seed or treatment residue remains in augers, wagons and trucks, according to grain handlers. Otherwise, their grain could be rejected at the elevator or cause problems further up the supply chain. The opportunity for contamination is a growing concern as more acres are planted […] Read more

Adequate brakes are essential when running farm equipment on roads.

The big brake debate

Braking standards are voluntary, but as implement size increases, brakes are increasingly important

Reading Time: 3 minutes Big tractors and implements require a lot of braking power, but exactly how powerful braking systems need to be in Canada, and between countries, is not standardized.  Why it matters: Braking systems and standards are not uniform. They are also largely voluntary. This can lead to liability risk in the event of an accident.  Terrence […] Read more