New option registered for dicamba-resistant soybeans

Syngenta Canada Inc. has announced the registration of Tavium Plus VaporGrip Technology herbicide for broad-spectrum control of grass and broadleaf weeds in Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. Tavium is a pre-mix of dicamba (Group 4) and s-metolachlor (Group 15), the active ingredient in Dual II Magnum herbicide. It can be applied pre-plant or pre-emergence in […] Read more

Potatoes are one of the crops to be tested with the improved photosynthesis process.

Increasing sunlight to energy conversion

Science Notes: Scientists believe plant productivity can be increased by as much as 40 per cent

Researchers believe they can boost crop productivity by as much as 40 per cent by engineering plants to improve how efficiently they convert the sunlight into energy via photosynthesis. Researchers from the University of Illinois and U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service report in the journal Science that crops engineered with a photorespiratory shortcut […] Read more

Rob Wong of Agri-Neo.

Made-in-Ontario food safety treatment for dry foods now used across North America

Product helps reduce food safety issues on foods that can’t be otherwise sanitized before consumption

An Ontario company has developed a biodegradable organic sanitizer specifically to eliminate microbes on dry foods like seeds, nuts, and powders. Foods treated with Neo-Pure are now sold in major grocers across North America, including Loblaw, Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s — and new technology for treating wheat flour is in the pipeline. “Most […] Read more

Farmers have been challenged by an inability to market lower-quality corn after last year’s harvest.

Loan program gets extension, funding boost

Changes made to the Commodity Loan Program to help deal with DON-infected corn financial challenges

Changes to the Commodity Loan Program (CLP) have been made to help farmers dealing with extreme harvest issues across the province. Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) asked for an extension back in November to assist farmers across the province managing challenges with corn crop quality this year. Why it matters: The CLP changes will help […] Read more

Dave Hope, former farmer and civil servant, is now the second chair to be appointed to the OPVG board.

OPVG conference sees new appointed chair, elected vice-chairs

The results of grower resolutions from the annual business meeting have not yet been made public as the meeting was closed

Updated Feb. 6 Delegates to the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers annual meeting continued to express their displeasure in resolutions over the way their organization has been rearranged over the past couple of years by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Comission. The Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) held elections for two vice-chair positions at its annual […] Read more

A public celebration of Troy Snobelen’s life is scheduled for Feb. 9 from 1-5 pm at the Lucknow Community Centre.

Snobelen Farms president dies in snowmobile accident

[UPDATED Feb. 6, 2019] The Ontario agriculture community is mourning the loss of the leader of Snobelen Farms. Troy Snobelen, president and CEO of Snobelen Farms, was killed in a snowmobile accident Feb. 2 in Huron-Kinloss. Snobelen Farms was started by Troy’s parents and grew to be a significant handler of grains and oilseeds in […] Read more

Enforcement of animal welfare regulations in Ontario is given to an organization separate from the government.

Ontario government appealing animal welfare enforcement ruling

The ruling gave the government a year to create greater transparency around animal welfare enforcement

The Ontario government is appealing the court ruling that give it a year to sort out a way to make animal welfare enforcement in Ontario more accountable. The Jan. 2, 2019 ruling from Ontario Superior Court Justice Timothy Minnema, said that the powers given to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals […] Read more

Graham Lloyd speaking at the Dairy Farmers of Ontario annual meeting in January.

General manager out at Dairy Farmers of Ontario

Graham Lloyd had been the general manager for almost two years

Graham Lloyd is out as the general manager of Dairy Farmers of Ontario. The organization confirmed to Farmtario that Lloyd is no longer with the DFO as of Jan. 31. Lloyd, formerly the organizations general council, was appointed general manager in March 2017, succeeding the retiring Peter Gould. He has shepherded the DFO through a […] Read more

CanWest DHI will soon be uploading information directly from farms that have milking systems that collect it, instead of sending milk testers to every farm.

Dairy services partnership not yet finalized

The new name for the partnership has not yet been released and groups ask for patience

Board members and staff from Can West DHI, Canadian Dairy Network and Valacta continue to work toward finalizing their new partnership and collective new name and service delivery model. CanWest DHI Board Chair Ed Friesen told farmers at the CanWest DHI annual meeting to have patience. “Managing the process and doing things right is more […] Read more

The board chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers is appointed by the province.

Former OMAFRA manager appointed OPVG chair

Dave Hope succeeds Suzanne van Bommel as appointed chair of the processing vegetable board

Dave Hope has been named as the new chair of the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) board. Hope succeeds Suzanne van Bommel in the position after van Bommel’s recent resignation. Hope is a retired assistant deputy minister of OMAFRA, and a former mixed livestock farmer. He was raised on an eighth-generation farm in Ontario, said […] Read more