Livestock trucks are one of the areas where new technology is becoming available.

Trucks roll forward into the digital age

New regulations, but also drive for data create new options for trucks

Reading Time: 2 minutes As new federal driving-log policies for commercial vehicles are poised to take effect in June, some say there is an opportunity for digital monitoring tools to be expanded to the rest of the truck. Why it matters: Rigorous, readily accessible digital records can be more efficient and reliable than paper records. They can also be […] Read more

Tim Gerrits, centre, with Randy Dowdy, left, and David Hula, both top high-yield growers from the United States.

Making high-management crops work

Farmer targets top potential fields for highest yield

Reading Time: 4 minutes What does a 107 bushels per acre soybean crop look like? Tim Gerrits, a farmer from North Middlesex, can tell you. With a high-management production approach, Gerrits achieved huge results in some of his fields in 2020. It’s the culmination of years of research and mentorship from other growers, he says, and part of an […] Read more

Artificial intelligence will help manage data volume, but farmers need to be in control of how it is used.

Data, today’s hottest commodity

Collecting information today can be useful for reasons that have not yet even been considered

Reading Time: 2 minutes It seems like the agriculture sector produces more data than commodities these days. Realizing the full potential of that data, however, requires more robust programming. In other words, growers need better tools to manage more aspects of crop production, while simultaneously knowing which ones require more focus. Why it matters: More refined computing could remedy […] Read more

Don’t assume that family members understand your wishes.

Introspective estate planning for your farm

Focus on the people involved in farm succession, not just assets

Reading Time: 3 minutes Estate planning means knowing where financial and material assets will go after you die, but according to veteran financial strategist Chris Delaney, forgetting to prepare people to receive those assets can actually destroy long-accumulated wealth. Not accounting for one’s fears, and failing to reconcile emotion with rational action, can make things even worse. Why it […] Read more

Sprayers could be be made simpler, experts say.

What to look for in a new sprayer

Consider good cleaning, easy filling, the right boom — and ignore colour

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sprayers are expensive, absurdly so, according to Tom Wolf, Saskatoon-based spray application specialist. In an Ontario Agricultural Conference seminar with Jason Deveau, application specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Wolf gave his recommendations on what characteristics buyers might want to prioritize before signing on the dotted line. A few wishlist […] Read more

“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