Pest lessons learned in the 2019 Ontario crop year

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 23

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all agree that this has been one of the most challenging cropping years in Ontario, but there were some pest lessons learned from the experience. Effect of delayed planting Delayed planting can reduce the risk of some early season pests. Pests like bean leaf beetle (BLB) move into the earliest emerging fields first. With […] Read more

Fall means sampling for soybean cyst nematode

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 16

Reading Time: 4 minutes As fall approaches, two things are certain – winter will come and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has done its business! For many growers, managing soybean cyst nematode means planting SCN resistance varieties BUT effective SCN management does not end when you have selected your soybean varieties! It is imperative to not only know your SCN […] Read more

Strategies for reducing compaction from wheel traffic

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 9

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farm show season is upon us! As we admire the many types and sizes of farm equipment, most of us would rather ignore the elephant in the room; a lot of new farm machinery is simply too heavy to drive across the field without risking deep, potentially permanent, subsoil compaction. Deep compaction is almost entirely […] Read more

Soil fertility benefits of wheat in rotation

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of August 19

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winter wheat harvest is now complete and before long the 2020 winter wheat crop will be seeded across the province. Yields have been better than expected for many. September planted wheat ranges from 100-130 bushels per acre, early October wheat ranges from 80-100 bu/ac and late October planted wheat yielded from 30 to 70 bu/ac. […] Read more

Winter wheat harvest winds down, increase of SDS in soybeans seen

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of August 12

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winter wheat Winter wheat harvest is winding down across the province and reported yields to date have ranged from 80-130 bu/ac which compares well to the five-year average yield of 82.7 bushels/ac. This was a pleasant surprise for many growers’ considering all the stresses the winter wheat crop had to endure. Good reports of straw […] Read more

Crop pest insects descend on Ontario fields

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of August 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes Western bean cutworm (WBC) Peak moth flight is likely taking place this week for many regions of Ontario, putting both corn and dry beans at risk. WBC moths prefer pre-tassel to full tassel corn to lay eggs in so scout these fields first. If corn has passed these stages in the immediate area, moths will choose […] Read more

Be on alert for nitrate levels in silages

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of July 29

Reading Time: 4 minutes Nitrates in silage Fast-growing crops can accumulate nitrates under dry weather conditions. This is most common in corn, but sorghums, sudangrass, millets, cereals, and Italian ryegrass can all accumulate high levels of nitrates and potentially cause nitrate poisoning in livestock. Why are high nitrate levels a problem? Nitrates (NO3-N) are converted to nitrites (NO2-N) in […] Read more

Winter wheat harvest two weeks behind, soybean aphids in small numbers

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of July 22

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winter wheat harvest Harvest has been slow to start in the province, lagging 7-14 days behind last year. Early yield and quality reports have been decent given the late planting date and challenging spring, but more acres will need to be harvested before any generalizations can be made. In fields were there are concerns of […] Read more

Minimizing pesticide drift and crop insect monitoring

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of July 18

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pesticide drift Pesticide drift is a complicated subject and it carries significant financial and emotional baggage. This season has been challenging for many agricultural sectors and practices, and spray applicators have been challenged with difficult timing and limited opportunities for herbicide applications. When sprayer operators are rushed or frustrated they have to make hard decisions, […] Read more

Corn planting wraps up, soybean stands holding up

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of June 24

Reading Time: 4 minutes Corn Grain corn planting is complete on intended corn acres except on heavy clays that received more rain this week. Crop stages range from 8 leaf stage to newly emerged. Overall plant stands look good on lighter and medium textured soils although plant stress is becoming evident on corn seeded into less than ideal conditions. […] Read more