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Company named to drill test holes for nuclear waste storage

Reading Time: < 1 minute Borehole drilling will be starting soon at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s test site in South Bruce. Geofirma Engineering Ltd. has been named to conduct the test hole drilling. “The data and information we will gather will help form an in-depth understanding of the area geosphere while providing opportunities for local support services,” said Sean […] Read more

Canada's Agriculture and Agri-food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

Opinion: Bibeau’s value largely rests on ability to reform BRMs

Reading Time: 2 minutes The long-term value current federal Minister of Agriculture Marie Claude Bibeau will provide to farmers hinges largely on her ability to reform business risk management programming. That is a difficult and expensive task. Recall the current plan to reform business risk management (BRM) programs was made way back in 2017, at the same time Ottawa […] Read more

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a tiny camera that can ride aboard an insect. Here a Pinacate beetle explores the UW campus with the camera on its back.

A GoPro for beetles

Science Notes: Camera backpack for insects could help researchers better understand insects

Reading Time: 2 minutes In the movie “Ant-Man,” the title character can shrink in size and travel by soaring on the back of an insect. Now researchers at the University of Washington have developed a tiny wireless steerable camera that can also ride aboard an insect, allowing a real-life view from the back of an insect. The camera, which […] Read more

New soil test looks at microbial populations

Reading Time: 2 minutes A&L Canada Laboratories Inc. recently launched VitTellusBio, a new soil health test that quantifies soil microbial populations. VitTellusBio complements the VitTellus Soil Health test, which is used to help farmers make informed decisions on application of nutrient and managing and improving soil health. It does more than measure the chemical properties of soil, aiming to […] Read more

Drone program improves agronomic precision

Drones becoming widespread tool for crop health assessment

Reading Time: 3 minutes A new drone initiative at Corteva Agriscience, called Drone Deploy, helps growers locate problem areas in-field early on to assist in maximizing yields. Why it matters: New technologies have to prove themselves and software is making drones more useful each year. Corteva Flight is the first of several software options accessible by Pioneer customers. Dave […] Read more

The new Utensil site aims to demystify sometimes-confusing agriculture terms.

A new utensil for agriculture vocabulary

Utensil aims to help anyone interested in agriculture to better understand its sometimes confusing terms

Reading Time: < 1 minute The vocabulary of agriculture can be difficult for someone new to the sector, or when trying to share information with the public. A new online service,, has been launched to help producers, industry members and the public learn more about the vocabulary of this vast industry. Why it matters: Agriculture industry members are used […] Read more

Post wheat harvest weed management strategies

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 30

Reading Time: 2 minutes The establishment of cover crops after cereal harvest has been shown to reduce weed seed production and dispersal to the soil. This is of particular benefit when trying to manage glyphosate resistant weed species like Canada fleabane and waterhemp (a relative of redroot pigweed). Some highlights from recent studies include: Fall planted cereal rye on […] Read more

Haley’s Elevator Inc. has changed protocols to increase the safety of their office staff.

Crop delivery protocols changing due to COVID-19

Elevator operators are creating new ways to increase safety during the pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Harvest season is in full swing with wheat coming off across the province. Elevator operators are implementing new protocols to ensure safety of drivers and office staff. Why it matters: COVID-19 is adding a lot of stress to numerous workplaces in trying to manage around the extra safety precautions and elevators are no different. Richard […] Read more

VIDEO: Fungicide in corn silage

Field Talk with Michelle Baker: For clean crop, fungicide in corn silage is ideal

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario reporter Jennifer Glenney speaks with agronomist Michelle Baker at Millstone Crop Service in Blyth, Ont., about considerations when using fungicides on corn destined for silage. Baker says fungicide in corn silage is beneficial in preventing harsh diseases such as Northern Corn Leaf Blight to maintain a healthy, clean, […] Read more

Letters: Radioactive waste risks need to be communicated

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dear Editor, I would like to respond to the letter from Becky Smith, regional communications manager for the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO), “Farmland use would continue at Deep Geological Repository.” What a bunch of bafflegab. Her focus is on the site and she says “even if the project is sited in South Bruce, current […] Read more