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A juvenile gray garden slug munches on a soybean plant, from the presentation John Tooker gave at FarmSmart recently in Guelph.

Taking out slugs without more insecticides

Slugs can be a challenge in minimal and no-till fields, where greater tillage isn’t an option

Most of the acreage in Pennsylvania is no-till and that means slugs can be a huge issue. This has become such an issue that growers are reverting to using more tillage, said John Tooker, of the department of entomology at Penn State University He spoke at the recent FarmSmart Conference at the University of Guelph. […] Read more



Feed weekly outlook: Markets steady amid cold Alberta weather

Excessively cold temperatures in Alberta may be causing headaches for both feed grain buyers and sellers, but prices remain relatively steady for what’s moving. The cold weather hasn’t really led to a significant increase in demand, but “it’s definitely made the farmer grumpy,” said Brandon Motz of CorNine Commodities in Lacombe, Alta. “In general, the […] Read more



ICE weekly outlook: Canola grinding lower

ICE Futures canola contracts held relatively steady during the week ended Wednesday, with a softer tone in old-crop contracts and strength in new-crop months. The general trend is likely pointed lower in the near future, with any developments in trade talks between the U.S. and China likely to provide some direction. “The market is awaiting […] Read more


Developing oats that are higher yielding and disease resistant for eastern Canada are one of the areas to be managed by Grain Farmers of Ontario. Corn and soybean improvements are also a focus.

National research to address common grain issues

Provinces collaborate to leverage research dollars and expertise for greater impact

Approximately $14 million has been allocated by the federal government and industry partners to a cross-province grain research cluster, with the intention of developing more productive — and more resilient — grain varieties for Canadian farmers. Industry representatives say the investment, as well as funding commitments from organizations within the grains sector, are important for […] Read more


Planting into conditions that mean quick germination and emergence is important for organic soybeans, which are planted without conventional seed treatments.

Demand strong for organic soybeans

New trials aim to find soybeans that will succeed better under organic farming conditions

A four-year, multi-location study aims to find organic soybean varieties suited for Ontario and Manitoba. The study, funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), will help find varieties better to grow under organic conditions. “There is still strong demand,” said Rob Wallbridge, organic specialist with Thompsons Limited. Wallbridge was joined by a number of fellow […] Read more