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Dairy farmers have been without some of their usual management services since mid-March due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Dairy services gradually return to farms

Milk testing and classifying service organizations create step-by-step plans

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy service providers are starting to return to farms. Most on-farm services, including animal classification, animal welfare assessment and milk testing had been suspended due to COVID-19.   Why it matters: Independent management information helps farmers make animal and farm business decisions.   Lactanet, which provides on-farm milk volume and content testing, started going back […] Read more

Panelists at the recent Canadian Club of Toronto event included Cathy Lennon, top left, general manager of Ontario Federation of Agriculture; Garnet Lasby, bottom left, president of Massily North America; Danielle Barran, president of McCain Foods Canada, top right. The event was moderated by Sylvain Charlebois, professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University.

Panelists say COVID-19 outlines shortfalls in agriculture industry

More help from government and more local production could assist with recovery from the pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutes In just a couple of months, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the food system drastically for producers and consumers. Panelists on a recent video seminar hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto say the food service industry shut down was the biggest impact on the agri-food sector and has made clear shortfalls and opportunities within […] Read more


Chuck Baresich, general manager for Haggerty Creek Ltd., poses with the first working Dot Power Platform in Ontario.

Autonomous technology big and small tried in Ontario

Haggerty Creek sees value in its new Dot Power Platform and RoamIO swarm-style robot

Reading Time: 3 minutes The equipment fleet at Haggerty Creek Ltd., a grain elevator and farm service provider near Bothwell, is gaining autonomy both large and small. By June, both a Dot Power Platform and RoamIO swarm-style robot will be active members of its equipment lineup. And, with plans to market at least one of the two autonomous farm […] Read more

David Kayi, a Hello Tractor engineer, installs an application on a John Deere 5503 tractor, using the Hello Tractor technology that connects farmers with vehicles’ owners, at a hay farm at Umande village in Nanyuki, Kenya.  Photo: Reuters/Njeri Mwangi

Deere taps tractor-hailing tech in bid to break ground in Africa

Low incomes, lack of credit hobble African mechanization

Reading Time: 3 minutes Reuters – It’s ride-hailing, farm style. Deere and Co. is teaming up with the “Uber of tractors” in Africa and betting on a future where farmers summon machines with the touch of a button. The world’s leading farm equipment maker is outfitting its tractors with startup Hello Tractor’s technology, which allows farmers to hail the […] Read more


The Cheese Fest is a popular part of the Canadian Dairy Xpo, such as at last year's event, shown here.

Dairy Xpo cancelled, new poultry show still on

Management of the Canadian Dairy Xpo had hoped to run the show this summer after it was postponed from its usual April date

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Dairy Xpo (CDX) tried to hold on, during this terrible pandemic year for events, but in the end, a summer date in Stratford wasn’t possible. Gatherings of people are restricted to five in Ontario, and that means that events like CDX which attract more than 10,000 are unable to continue. Why it matters: […] 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

Wheat is one of the crops that could benefit from approval of ACM941.

The long route to biological approval

Promising biological pesticide is 26 years in the development and approval process so far

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Allen Xue is a patient man. About 26 years ago Xue discovered a novel fungus on the lower leaf of a field pea plant, while he was working as a plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Morden, Man. Xue later learned the fungus, a strain of Clonostachys rosea called ACM941, […] Read more


Crop breeding enhanced through machine learning

Science Notes: Artificial intelligence analyzes large numbers of seeds from a single image

Reading Time: 2 minutes The establishment of a method to rapidly create elite crop varieties via selective breeding is a matter of urgency to maintain the food supply. In order to select such cultivars, it is necessary to define and evaluate how to identify superior varieties. The shape of seeds is a trait closely linked to the quality and […] Read more

E.O.I Technologies founder Alex Sulkin presents at the Techstars accelerator competition.

Sensor technology could prevent foreign material contamination in processing plants

Contamination is detected from a distance away from the assembly line, avoiding extra cleaning and processes

Reading Time: 3 minutes A Calgary-based start-up is about to start trials on an innovation for food processing facilities it says can prevent foreign material contamination of food products. E.O.I Technologies is preparing to launch a pilot project with a major poultry processor in the southern United States that focuses on large-scale, remote monitoring and predictive analytics of conveyor […] Read more