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U.S. grains: Soybeans fall on improved crop outlook, forecast

Reading Time: < 1 minute Chicago | Reuters – Chicago soybean futures sank on Tuesday after the previous day’s better-than-expected crop conditions report coupled with forecasts for rain across the U.S. Midwest as the oilseed begins to set seed pods. Corn and wheat also fell but found support from earlier hot, dry weather that will likely cut yields. The most-active […] Read more

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Pulse weekly outlook: Dry edible beans faring well in Manitoba weather

Reading Time: < 1 minute MarketsFarm – Like all crops, dry edible beans have been affected by the high heat and drought-like conditions which have plagued most of Manitoba this summer. However, they have weathered the conditions better than most, according to Manitoba Agriculture’s provincial pulse specialist. “For the most part, the dry beans are looking okay,” said Dennis Lange. […] Read more

VIDEO: Water hemp weed management

VIDEO: Water hemp weed management

Field Talk with Chris Snip

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario contributor Matt McIntosh talks with Chris Snip, crop sales specialist with Agris Co-operative, about waterhemp in Essex County, wider herbicide management concerns – and the importance of dialogue with your farm neighbours.

Changes to the Drainage Act are designed to reduce the time it takes to make minor improvements to drainage systems on a property.

Drainage changes to streamline process for minor improvements

New regulations aimed at saving money and time for farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Changes to Ontario’s Drainage Act could lead to a more streamlined process for farmers to make minor improvements to their systems.  “We’ve created a new process for what we’re calling minor improvement projects,” said Tim Brook, drainage program coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  “These are projects that involve […] Read more

New app helps farmers weigh options for cropping decisions

New app helps farmers weigh options for cropping decisions

Resilient Fields is a free web-based tool that simplifies decision-making

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no shortage of information available to farmers to help them make management decisions on-farm, but often this information results in mixed messages, and can even be conflicting. The information is often broad in scope, while many challenges farmers face can be field-specific.  That’s why Al Mussel, research lead with Agri-food Economic Systems and […] Read more

The seed head of chess grass extending beyond a winter wheat canopy.

Grassy weeds in winter wheat at harvest

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 28

Reading Time: 2 minutes Three different types of grassy weeds have been found above the winter wheat canopy at harvest this year. To prevent them from becoming a problem, they need to be identified so that the appropriate management actions can be taken. Here is a breakdown of each grass species and control options. Chess grass (Bromus secalinus) Management: Chess grass […] Read more

OMAFRA’s Agronomy Guide for Field Crops (Publication 811) lists lamb’s quarters as the most common weed in corn and soybeans, according to a 2014 survey of Ontario Certified Crop Advisors. In winter wheat, it takes third place behind dandelion and chickweed.

Weed of the week: Lamb’s quarters

It’s important to get ahead of this prolific, early-growing species

Reading Time: 3 minutes Lamb’s quarters can be a real contender in the field despite susceptibility to a variety of active ingredients. A species of the goosefoot family, lamb’s quarters (Chenopodium album L) require early and active management. Why it matters: Lamb’s quarters are extremely common, emerge early and can significantly reduce yields. Lamb’s quarters are a summer annual […] Read more