Competitors leave the ring after a class at the 2018 Baconmaker Classic 4-H show at the Ontario Pork Congress.

Ontario Pork Congress continues to grow

Congress organizers recommend producers come to the show with a biosecurity plan thought out

The Ontario Pork Congress (OPC) continues to grow, adding 20 more exhibitors in 2019. The congress will bring its usual mix of industry events and public outreach to Stratford June 19 and 20. The board of directors of the Ontario Pork Congress decided to continue with the event, despite the cancellation of the World Pork […] Read more

Second crop, or safrinha corn in Panarà, Brazil.

How safrinha is changing Brazil’s crop productivity picture

The second corn crop is now rivaling the first crop due to better genetics and management

Brazil has seen dramatic increases in its crop production in recent years. That’s a direct result of aggressive productivity gains in soybean and corn production in particular — and without bringing additional, previously forested land into production. According to Conab statistics, soybean production has risen from 40 million to 110 million tonnes annually in the […] Read more

Researchers found a biosynthetic network that shapes root microbiota.

A plant’s roots tailor its soil environment

Science Notes: Plants maintain the metabolites around them, which helps explain why plants grow in so many places

The small mustard plant (Arabidopsis thaliana) produces specialized metabolites capable of selectively altering the microbial communities of the soil surrounding its roots to suit its own purposes. While the findings may be useful in engineering beneficial root microbiota for sustainable agriculture, they may also, in part, explain why plants have evolved such vast metabolic diversification. […] Read more

Agricorp’s areas for different planting deadlines.

Is it time for Ontario farmers to claim the unseeded benefit?

Find out the deadlines and necessary qualifications based on your crop

The planting deadline for crops to qualify for production insurance is fast approaching for many Ontario farmers. As sporadic wet weather continues, making a claim through Agricorp’s underseeded acreage benefit (USAB) offers a strategic alternative. Agricorp says USAB helps offset financial burdens, such as fixed costs and land maintenance, in situations where farmers are unable […] Read more

Weather window sees significant planting progress in parts of Ontario

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of June 3

There has been considerable progress across the area in the last few days. Some areas of the province continue to struggle such as south Huron and Perth and further southwest into the heavier soils of Lambton, Chatham, Essex and Niagara. These areas with the heaviest soils have continued to receive more rain than other areas […] Read more


Analysts have forecast that China’s pork output could drop by 30 per cent in 2019 compared to last year.

Decline in China hog production boosts global pork trade

The world’s largest meatpacker says its profits will be higher

Reuters – JBS SA, the world’s largest meatpacker, is poised to reap the benefits from additional demand after an outbreak of African swine fever in China reduced pork output. In the first four months of the year, its Australian unit’s beef sales to China soared by 80 per cent, JBS executives said earlier in May during a conference […] Read more

Tools for hay management are one of the major areas of export of farm equipment from Ontario to the U.S.

Tariffs made for “lean year” for agriculture manufacturers

The lifting of the U.S.-Canada steel tariffs should make trade easier and reduce the cost of farm machinery

Manufacturers of agriculture equipment are expressing relief as steel and aluminum tariffs between Canada and the U.S. were withdrawn. The Canadian, U.S. and Mexican governments came to agreement May 17 to drop the tariffs which had been in place for almost a year, driven by U.S. President Donald Trump’s attempt to force agreement to a […] Read more

DON caused by corn ear infections significantly reduced the value of the 2018 Ontario corn crop.

DON-forecasting tool funded

Governments help to pay costs to set up computerized monitoring system

The federal and provincial governments are supporting the creation of an early-warning and risk assessment system for deoxynivalenol (DON). Grain Farmers of Ontario is leading the project which will work similarly to a DON-forecasting system in place for years for wheat in the province. That system monitors weather conditions to predict DON risk, which helps […] Read more


Sergeant Laura Brown is a community relations officer with the OPP.

Police have plans for activists, says officer

A liaison team has contacts with activists and organizations involved in challenging activities

An Ontario Provincial Police community relations officer says the force’s officers have the legislative tools to do their job relating to trespassers on farms. Sergeant Laura Brown told a recent meeting of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers Association that “activist activity is hot on everybody’s radar right now for good reason. It’s on ours as […] Read more

Ottawa columnist bids goodbye to full time agriculture reporting

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson of iPolitics

They say all good things must come to an end. Sadly, this column is one of them. After more than six years with iPolitics and five years contributing to Glacier FarmMedia publications like Western Producer and now Farmtario, I have moved to a new gig with Thomson Reuters in Ottawa as an economics reporter as […] Read more