Wheat harvest begins, corn and soybeans see rapid growth

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 9

Reading Time: 4 minutes OMAFRA, UG, RealAgriculture, GFO and industry sponsors are offering an Ontario Virtual Crop Diagnostic Event since our summer events have been cancelled. Go to fieldcropnew.com for information on this series which begins Wednesday July 15th. While the management window for much of our field crops is closing, some late fertility, and insect monitoring, and control remains […] Read more

Wheat pests are still a concern

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 25

Reading Time: 3 minutes True armyworm (TAW) larvae are in many winter wheat and spring cereal fields across southern Ontario, thankfully not always at threshold. Some fields have populations at threshold (4-5 unparasitized larvae smaller than 2.5 cm per square foot) or above and with minimal feeding damage. Larvae sometimes choose not to do as much feeding and move […] Read more

Achieving a healthy soybean plant stand

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 18

Reading Time: 4 minutes Soybean plant stand establishment Establishing a uniform, healthy soybean plant stand which closes the canopy quickly is important to maximizing yield potential. Although a perfect plant stand is not as essential for soybeans as it is for corn; higher soybean yields are often associated with more uniform stands. Attaining a good plant stand is more […] Read more

Corn stages vary on planting dates, winter canola in final stages of flowering

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 11

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soybean Some replanting has occurred especially on heavy clay soils with poor emergence.  Soil crusting and seed corn maggot feeding are the main issues this spring. If plant stands are below 100,000 plants per acre replanting is warranted. The same variety can be planted into an existing thin stand. Replanting with a drill may damage […] Read more

Corn, soy planting largely complete, fair weather spurs forage growth

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 4

Reading Time: 4 minutes Corn While planting has largely been completed the last number of weeks, corn is still being planted on heavier soils which have just recently been fit enough for planting (Niagara/Haldimand, Southern Lambton, SW Kent). If rainfall further delays planting, more remaining acreage may be switched to soybeans. Despite great planting conditions, there are reports of […] Read more

Warm weather accelerates crop growth

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 28

Reading Time: 3 minutes Warmer conditions starting late last week have fast-tracked crop growth. Rainfall during the past week has been sporadic with isolated thunderstorms resulting in flooded fields in one location and no rainfall less than a km away. Fields in many regions would welcome some moisture. Corn Planting is completed and most corn planted between April 27th and […] Read more

Early planted corn emerging, soybean planting continues

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 21

Reading Time: 3 minutes Temperatures over the past week have been significantly warmer than the week prior. Most of the province saw rain over the long weekend. In many areas this was welcome news, but much of southwestern Ontario received significant downpours and flooded fields were a common sight. Corn Most of the intended acreage was planted before the […] Read more

Planting progress in Ontario ahead of normal

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 14

Reading Time: 3 minutes Temperatures were well below seasonal for much of the past week due to the presence of an arctic air mass. Low night-time temperature records were set in many areas of the province with low temperatures between 0 to -7 C and snow fell overnight more than once. The widespread risk of the cold weather impacts […] Read more

Cool temps delay germination, crop emergence

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 7

Reading Time: 3 minutes Air temperatures for the week of May 4th were below the seasonal average. This has slowed soil warming and while not hindering planting, it is delaying germination and emergence of seeded crops. But so far, the 2020 season has offered better planting conditions than the past number of springs. Cereals Most of the winter wheat crop […] Read more

Corn planting starts off well, then slowed by rain

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for April 30

Reading Time: 3 minutes Corn Planting began at the tail end of the week of April 20 and continued at a good pace until the widespread rain event on Wednesday/Thursday during the week of April 27th. Many agronomists have commented that soil conditions have been exceptional given the calendar date and what recent spring conditions have been like. As […] Read more