It’s important to look at the big picture when dealing with a quality and yield issue with forages before jumping to a fungicide for improvements.

Fungicides not always an answer in alfalfa

Spraying could make sense when conditions are right for fungal disease

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers must weigh many factors before applying fungicides to alfalfa, said Christine O’Reilly, forage and grazing specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Why it matters: Farmers have found that there have been advantages to using fungicides in corn and with approved options, are now looking at alfalfa. O’Reilly says the […] Read more

VIDEO: First cut hay in full swing, be sure to replenish field nutrients

VIDEO: First cut hay in full swing, be sure to replenish field nutrients

Field Talk with Deb Campbell

Reading Time: < 1 minute In this edition of Field Talk, Farmtario reporter Jennifer Glenney speaks with Deb Campbell, owner of Agronomy Advantage Inc., about first cut hay. “Yes it’s about yield, yes it’s about quality, but in the big picture it’s also about reaching productivity out of these hay fields and getting hopefully a solid three years of productivity […] Read more

Large square bales wait for pickup during a previous hay season.

Hay market tight, but concerns with COVID-19-related demand

Significant market opportunities available in Canada and the U.S.

Reading Time: 3 minutes Demand for Ontario-grown hay remains strong in the immediate aftermath of the COVID-19 global pandemic, but longer-term effects are more difficult to judge. “It’s not anything near what other people have had to deal with,” said Ontario Hay and Forage Cooperative chair Fritz Trauttmansdorff of the COVID-19 repercussions for hay growers. He suggested lower-than-average 2019 […] Read more

Yield, quality and stand persistence are the most important things about forage, an agronomist says.

A good forage stand requires agronomic base

Keys to success include planting at right time, proper seed bed, seed placement, quality seed and weed control

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Farmers seeking to build a strong forage stand need to use proper crop rotations, fertility and water development, a forage agronomist told a recent Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association conference in Moncton, N.B. Peter Ballerstedt, with the seed company Barenbrug USA, said producers must pay attention to agronomy and make amendments before […] Read more

Standing corn west of Giroux, Man. on Oct. 21, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

Manitoba beef sector faces tight feed situation

Reading Time: 2 minutes MarketsFarm — An early snowstorm may have been the last straw for Manitoba livestock producers looking to put up feed ahead of winter. While the foot or more of heavy snow that blanketed much of the province over the Thanksgiving weekend has melted, saturated fields continue to limit corn silage harvests and hay cutting. “Feed […] Read more


Low lignin content allows for a larger cutting window.

Genetically modified alfalfas find their place

Feed quality, harvest window and seed establishment are benefits

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glyphosate-resistant alfalfa is being planted across about 10,000 acres in Ontario, giving farmers the option to better establish and clean up alfalfa fields, while preserving the valuable legume. HarvXtra alfalfa with Roundup Ready technology, a newer alfalfa found in the eastern Canadian market, also provides low lignin content for improved digestibility along with the Roundup […] Read more

University of Guelph associate professor John Lauzon explains the sulphur cycle in the soil and atmosphere during a session at the annual FarmSmart.

Looking for answers on sulphur

OMAFRA is looking for co-operators to further knowledge on sulphur needs in corn and soybeans

Reading Time: 3 minutes For years, Ontario agronomists have pointed to changes in air pollution from U.S. industries as the reason for the rise of sulphur deficiency in north-of-the-border crops. Why it matters: Back in 1990, southern Ontario was at the heart of a widespread “dark red” patch of high sulphur deposition, but by 2015, not just the dark […] Read more

hay field

How can hay compete with corn, soy and wheat?

Applying more intensive management, especially fertilizer, can bump hay yields

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is significant potential to increase yields on Ontario’s hay fields by implementing strategies commonly used growing crops like corn and soybeans. Why it matters: The Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operator is looking to increase the amount of acres of high quality hay, especially timothy, grown in the province and in order to increase hay […] Read more


Fritz Trauttmansdorff, chair of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative says the co-op continues to sign up members to build its own large double compactor for export hay.

Hay co-op using existing compactor this year to hit export markets

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ontario-grown hay – both pure alfalfa and pure timothy – will make its way by container ship to the Middle East this summer, through the efforts of the Ontario Hay and Forage Co-operative Ltd. That assurance was given by the organization’s chair, Fritz Trauttmansdorff, during a first-ever production information meeting recently in Mount Forest. Why […] Read more

(Photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Manitoba forages fight past winterkill, pest issues

Reading Time: < 1 minute CNS Canada — The first hay cut is well underway in several parts of Manitoba as favourable weather conditions set the stage for what could be a decent forage season. “Generally speaking they’re (forages) all doing well,” said Pamela Iwanchysko, farm production extension specialist with the provincial government in Dauphin. “The rains were timely.” What […] Read more