Glyphosate has become the most commonly used herbicide in the world, especially because of herbicide-resistant crops like soybeans.

Using glyphosate wisely

Glyphosate breaks down in the soil but buildup is shown to affect phytoplankton

Reading Time: 4 minutes Researchers from the University of Quebec say farmers might want to use glyphosate more sparingly — and for reasons beyond herbicide resistant weeds. Why it matters: Glyphosate may be comparatively benign, but overuse can still raise agronomic and environmental concerns. Presenting at the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario’s annual conference, Marc Lucotte, research chair with […] Read more

 IGPC’s plant in Aylmer has reduced its processing due to the low oil prices.

Ontario ethanol production drops with low prices and demand

The move by Ontario producers follows deeper reductions in the U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Updated April 1, 2020 As prices and demand for ethanol slump amidst the ongoing pandemic, fuel producers are reducing – or temporarily stopping – production. At IGPC Ethanol in Aylmer production continues, albeit at a reduced capacity. Ashton Nembhard, chief executive and operations officer for IGPC, says demand liftings are “off a minimum of 30 […] Read more

Herbicide-resistant redroot pigweed continues to spread.

Weed of the week: Redroot pigweed

Economic thresholds run from five to 15 plants per 10 metres of row

Reading Time: 2 minutes Redroot pigweed can be a tough customer. But don’t wallow in despair – control is possible. Redroot pigweed (Latin name Amaranthus retroflexus) is an annual weed found throughout Ontario in cultivated fields, gardens, pastures, waste places, roadsides and, according to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, nearly any other disturbed area. While […] Read more

When sustainable agriculture isn’t enough

What regenerative agriculture means on the farm, and in the corporate office

Reading Time: 3 minutes Move over sustainability. Regenerative might be the new environmental buzzword for food and agriculture. At the Innovative Farmers’ Association of Ontario’s annual conference on Feb. 19, farmers, marketers, and soil health experts discussed the concept of “regenerative agriculture” — what it is, who is focusing on it, and how farmers can push beyond sustainable practices. […] Read more

Farmers don’t have to directly interact with suppliers when they take delivery of seed and other crop inputs, so low-risk delivery of products should be possible in time for planting.

Crop input availability should be normal despite COVID-19

Farmers should take steps to limit risk of future disruption, says GFO CEO

Reading Time: 3 minutes Barring some changes to business interaction behaviours, producers should be able to access production inputs as usual this growing season – but accessing seasonal labour is another story.   Why it matters: Currently, the supply of fertilizer, chemicals, seed, and other inputs remain unaffected by the spread COVID-19 and subsequent mitigation efforts.   Keith Currie, president […] Read more


More prolonged release of nitrogen can help corn better use the fertilizer.

Better nitrogen efficiency

A soil ecologist discusses nitrogen efficiency products and how they work

Reading Time: 3 minutes Nitrogen loss from leaching, atmospheric exposure, and soil runoff can be costly. However, there are products designed to minimize that loss. And according to Mario Tenuta, professor of applied soil ecology at the University of Manitoba, the stronger the product is, the better. Why it matters: Nitrogen is an expensive input on farms and with […] Read more

Brent VanParys from BDO (left), Margaret Hudson of Burnbrae Farms, and George Sinker, a lawyer specializing in agribusiness and family enterprise, detail their expertise and experience with transition planning during a panel session at CAFA’s Farm Transition Update in London.

The importance of meetings

Taking the step of getting together is a critical first move in happy succession

Reading Time: 3 minutes The need for better communication and holding proper meetings with advisers and family members were stressed as key factors to successful farm ownership transfers, at a recent farm transition meeting. Farm financial and legal experts gathered in London, Ont. recently for the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors’ Farm Transition Update. “I believe the business needs […] Read more

Dairy farmers could learn from greenhouse growers about recycling nutrients and materials.

Could Ontario agriculture be a carbon sink?

Professor says it could be done today – if enough imagination and will is employed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Could agriculture be a net-zero carbon emitter, or even a carbon sink? According to Vern Osborne, professor of animal biosciences at the University of Guelph, the answer is yes — and it could be done today, with current technology. During a presentation at the Farms.com Precision Agriculture Conference in London, Osborne detailed the future of […] Read more


Black-grass rising over and above a barley crop.

Using technology to pinpoint problem weeds

U.K. researchers create inexpensive, in-field herbicide resistance test tool

Reading Time: 3 minutes Britain’s island geography has been a major barrier for invading forces throughout history, but it’s not so effective at stopping the spread of invasive weeds. That’s why United Kingdom researchers have developed an inexpensive, convenient tool to help farmers identify resistant weeds, specifically black grass, as early as possible. Black-grass is to the U.K. what […] Read more

Sarah Marquis, left and Emily Duncan, masters and PhD students at the University of Guelph.

Clarifying data ownership for higher ROI

Researchers says greater ownership of data could help bring down barriers

Reading Time: 3 minutes University of Guelph researchers say farmers and agribusiness people need greater clarity on data ownership issues when it comes to the adoption of precision technologies. Sarah Marquis and Emily Duncan, a masters and PhD student at the school, presented this thesis at the recent Precision Agriculture Conference and Technology Showcase in London. Why it matters: […] Read more