“We recognize the beef sector is not always a diverse industry, particularly at the farmer and association level. Further along our supply chain, however, there is a great amount of diversity.” – Rob Lipsett.

Beef Farmers of Ontario adopts anti-discrimination value statement

The commodity organization announces efforts to ally with those promoting diversity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) has incorporated a values statement calling for “diversity, equity, and inclusion” into its education and advocacy strategy. Why it matters: Diversity policies to better accommodate and understand social groups are becoming increasingly common in both the public and private sphere, although are less common in primary agriculture. According to BFO, […] Read more

Standardizing electronic data in agriculture can help create more effective traceability systems.

Standardizing the future of food traceability

Developing repeatable standards – and hopefully gaining a competitive advantage

Reading Time: 3 minutes As demands for more detailed traceability systems build, many are looking to blockchain technology — systems that securely record data about food at every stage in the value chain — as an ideal technological solution. Why it matters: Standardized blockchain frameworks could help speed the adoption of rigorous traceability systems, and potentially give Canadian producers […] Read more

Highway 77, the highway along which many of the areas greenhouses are built north of Leamington, is illuminated at 7:30 p.m. in December 2020.

Local governments hit greenhouse light pollution

Growing clusters of greenhouses light up the night sky, creating problems with neighbours

Reading Time: 5 minutes Updated Jan. 18, 2021 Municipalities in the major greenhouse-growing area of the province are clamping down on increasingly bright greenhouse lighting making night into day in the rural areas where they operate. The municipality of Leamington recently enacted a bylaw to stem and roll back light pollution emitted from the region’s sizeable and diverse greenhouse […] Read more

Slow moving vehicle signs need to be in good shape when a farm vehicle is on the road.

Road rules you might be breaking

MTO officers highlight what can – and can’t – be done when moving farm vehicles on public roads

Reading Time: 4 minutes [UPDATED: Jan. 8, 2021] Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act gives special exceptions, and some additional conditions, for farm equipment. But in an effort to improve overall roadway safety, Ministry of Transportation (MTO) enforcement officers encourage farmers to go beyond minimum safety requirements. Doing so, they say, starts with understanding what’s considered a farm vehicle, why exemptions […] Read more

The Toll family’s 5,743 pounds per acre crop, pictured here during May flowering, came with no major challenges.

Big canola bushels come out on top

Top yields in the 2020 Canola Challenge ranged from 3,108 to 5,743 pounds per acre

Reading Time: 3 minutes Results from the 2020 Canola Challenge are in, with winners achieving yields between 3,108 and 5,743 pounds per acre. Why it matters: Winter canola has made inroads as a financially viable alternative crop throughout Ontario. Carrie James, general manager for the Ontario Canola Growers’ Association, says between 20 and 30 producers participate in the challenge […] Read more

Clinton Monchuk at his farm in Saskatchewan.

Farmers analyze tech returns on investment

For some it saves time, for others it reduces variability

Reading Time: 5 minutes Can precision technology pay? Farmers participating in a panel discussion at this year’s Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference say yes. However, strategies differ. Why it matters: Not all agriculture technology works for all farmers, and the decision-making process can be unique to each farm. Clinton Monchuk of Monchuk Farms near Lanigan, Sask., and executive director of […] Read more

Soybeans will be at the centre of Ontario’s role in producing greater plant protein, according to some industry officials.

Soybeans the key to Ontario’s plant protein future

Access to funding is a barrier to new processing investment

Reading Time: 5 minutes The burgeoning global market for plant proteins presents a huge opportunity for Ontario soybeans, but new investments in research and local processing will be key to capturing that potential, industry officials say. “We really want to drive towards more branded food products in Canada from the ingredients we produce here… As we get into this, […] Read more

Raven's AutoCart system is now available for order.

Raven autonomous grain cart system ready for market

AutoCart system adapts to existing machinery for more efficient harvest operations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Updated Dec. 17 Raven Autonomy, the company with now owns the much-discussed DOT Power Platform, has expanded into the harvest season with aftermarket autonomy. The company recently said its AutoCart was available for order for harvest 2021. AutoCart is an aftermarket system designed to turn non-autonomous tractors into self-driving machines. Why it matters: Autonomous technologies […] Read more

An illustration of the Canadian Space Agency’s RADARSAT-2 satellite above Earth.

Canadian Space Agency seeks farmer input

CSA wants to improve satellite tools for agriculture sector needs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Employing satellites in crop production is not new, but the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) thinks they could be put to better use. In a presentation given during the 2020 Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference, Eric Laliberté, director general of space utilization for the CSA, says the agency is increasing efforts to connect with those in […] Read more

Soil fungi numbers appear to be similar in different systems, but the types of fungi change, researchers have found.

Finding the right fungus

First steps taken to identify and promote fungi beneficial in cropping systems

Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you have fungus? Your fields certainly do, though the varieties vary based on several factors. While tillage levels, rotational diversity and cover crops affect fungi type, they don’t appear to have a significant impact on population. These conclusions come from a University of Guelph study that analyzed fungal communities in long-term horticultural and corn […] Read more