Changes to the Drainage Act are designed to reduce the time it takes to make minor improvements to drainage systems on a property.

Drainage changes to streamline process for minor improvements

New regulations aimed at saving money and time for farmers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Changes to Ontario’s Drainage Act could lead to a more streamlined process for farmers to make minor improvements to their systems.  “We’ve created a new process for what we’re calling minor improvement projects,” said Tim Brook, drainage program coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  “These are projects that involve […] Read more

The seed head of chess grass extending beyond a winter wheat canopy.

Grassy weeds in winter wheat at harvest

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 28

Reading Time: 2 minutes Three different types of grassy weeds have been found above the winter wheat canopy at harvest this year. To prevent them from becoming a problem, they need to be identified so that the appropriate management actions can be taken. Here is a breakdown of each grass species and control options. Chess grass (Bromus secalinus) Management: Chess grass […] Read more

Lisa Thompson.

Ag industry praises Lisa Thompson’s appointment as OMAFRA minister

Industry leaders acknowledge positive contribution made by Hardeman

Reading Time: 2 minutes A provincial cabinet shuffle has planted MPP Lisa Thompson in familiar soil.  Premier Doug Ford’s recent eight-person cabinet shuffle saw the Huron-Bruce representative replace Ernie Hardeman as Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).  “I am humbled to be given this new post and I pledge to Ontario’s agri-food sector and rural communities […] Read more

Adequate brakes are essential when running farm equipment on roads.

The big brake debate

Braking standards are voluntary, but as implement size increases, brakes are increasingly important

Reading Time: 3 minutes Big tractors and implements require a lot of braking power, but exactly how powerful braking systems need to be in Canada, and between countries, is not standardized.  Why it matters: Braking systems and standards are not uniform. They are also largely voluntary. This can lead to liability risk in the event of an accident.  Terrence […] Read more

Lisa Thompson. (Lisathompsonmpp.ca video screengrab via YouTube)

Ontario names new ag minister in shuffle

Lisa Thompson replaces Ernie Hardeman

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Premier Doug Ford has drawn another aggie from his existing cabinet to replace Ernie Hardeman as his agriculture minister. Ford on Friday announced a major cabinet shuffle, dropping Hardeman, the long-time MPP for Oxford, from the cabinet table and naming Lisa Thompson as minister for agriculture, food and rural affairs. Thompson, who until Friday […] Read more


Lisa Thompson new agriculture minister

Lisa Thompson new agriculture minister

The Huron-Bruce MPP replaces Ernie Hardeman at the ag helm

Reading Time: 2 minutes Today’s provincial cabinet shuffle has planted Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson in familiar soil. Premier Doug Ford’s eight-person cabinet shuffle saw the Huron-Bruce MPP replace Ernie Hardeman as Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). “Minister Thompson has a valuable understanding of farm and rural issues and has a direct connection to those communities,” […] Read more

Second crop ryegrass is cut.

Producers like flexibility of grass-based forage options

Weather, rootworm resistance are reasons to consider alternative crops

Reading Time: 4 minutes While most Ontario dairy producers are watching alfalfa stands and the weather forecast to determine the ideal date for first cutting, several others are eyeing different crops – mainly fall-planted grasses or small grains – as their first 2021 opportunity to add to forage feedstocks. Throughout the growing season, depending on rainfall and the degree […] Read more

Soybean cyst nematodes are easiest to distinguish from nodules based on their size, but can be confirmed with the yellow liquid inside when opened. The nematodes are identified by the red circle.

Soybean cyst nematode infected area continues to expand

Soybean’s biggest yield robber gaining resistance as trait effectiveness declines in some areas

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) continues to migrate across Ontario and is adapting to resistant varieties. Albert Tenuta, field crop pathologist with OMAFRA, says SCN is showing up outside the traditional southwestern Ontario infection areas and into Huron, Bruce and Simcoe counties. Resistant varieties are beginning to show symptoms on the roots. Why it matters: Soybean […] Read more


Ryegrasses can be “rocket fuel for ruminants,” with high digestibility.

Silage options to rotate away from corn

Ryegrass, triticale, sorghum species all have potential to help avoid corn-on-corn rotations

Reading Time: 2 minutes In Europe, it’s ryegrass. On the Prairies, it’s barley. In areas where either climate or pesticide resistance makes it impractical to grow corn, livestock producers nonetheless achieve good gains or high milk production. And, during a recent session hosted by OMAFRA, crop and livestock specialists encouraged Ontario’s livestock producers to consider rotating away from corn […] Read more

Highway 77, the highway along which many of the areas greenhouses are built north of Leamington, is illuminated at 7:30 p.m. in December 2020.

Local governments hit greenhouse light pollution

Growing clusters of greenhouses light up the night sky, creating problems with neighbours

Reading Time: 5 minutes Updated Jan. 18, 2021 Municipalities in the major greenhouse-growing area of the province are clamping down on increasingly bright greenhouse lighting making night into day in the rural areas where they operate. The municipality of Leamington recently enacted a bylaw to stem and roll back light pollution emitted from the region’s sizeable and diverse greenhouse […] Read more