Tar spot found in Ontario Sept. 21.

What tar spot’s arrival means for Ontario

Cases identified in Lambton and Chatham-Kent, but impact insignificant overall

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tar spot, a pathogen affecting corn, has moved into Ontario, after five years of international attention. Tar spot can cause significant yield losses if left unchecked. The problem does not now appear to be widespread. Why it matters: Evidence from the United States indicates tar spot can depress corn yields by 20 to 60 bushels […] Read more

Ursula van den Heuvel O’Neil farms in Lambton County and has for years worked to obtain payment for farmers missed by the Ontario Cattle, Hog and Horticulture Payment program.

Long-term lessons from a problem program

A farmer worries that conditions that led to the OCHHP program could still be in place

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some Ontario farmers who failed to get a payment from an OMAFRA program more than a decade ago are concerned that the reasons the program failed could be replicated in new programs with the same poor results. They continue a sometimes lonely fight in the courts and in the court of public opinion to get […] Read more

How OMAFRA methods changed after critical report

An Auditor General’s report in 2017 looked for changes in disaster funding and interim payment

Reading Time: 2 minutes OMAFRA has increased its monitoring of overpayments as part of its response to a 2017 Auditor General’s report that criticized farm support programs. Interim payments – faster flowing payments to help farmers – and their accuracy, were at the core of the Auditor General’s concerns. After the 2017 audit, OMAFRA and Agricorp (which administers many […] Read more

Kelly named new OMAFRA deputy minister

Reading Time: < 1 minute John Kelly is the new deputy minister of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs for Ontario. Kelly is known for numerous roles he’s held in Ontario and Canadian agriculture over the past 25 years. He’s been involved in organizations such as the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, MaRS Landing and Bioenterprise. He also has had […] Read more

DON levels across Ontario based on the 2020 OMAFRA survey.

Average DON levels mean good quality corn year

A wet early August could have meant a more challenging quality year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario corn is mostly clean of ear mould and mycotoxin levels are in line with long-term averages, says the annual survey of corn in the province. The survey is conducted by OMAFRA field crop specialists with help from Grain Farmers of Ontario and members of the Ontario Agri-Business Association. Weather conditions in 2018 meant extensive […] Read more


Tar spot found in Ontario Sept. 21, 2020.

Tar spot breaches Ontario border

Cases identified in Lambton and Chatham-Kent, but impact insignificant overall

Reading Time: 3 minutes After five years of international attention, tar spot has infiltrated Canada’s Great Lakes defences. A pathogen of corn, tar spot can cause significant yield losses if left unchecked. As of now, however, the problem does not appear to be widespread.   Why it matters: Evidence from the United States indicate tar spot can depress corn […] Read more

Agricultural societies, like the Paris Fair, have access to funding even without hosting a 2020 fair.

Fair funds help Ontario ag societies survive

Larger organizations that host many events in a year are hurting financially

Reading Time: 2 minutes Recent OMAFRA funding for agricultural and horticultural societies will help, but larger exhibitions are having serious challenges. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) expanded the eligibility for agriculture societies’ annual grant application to help offset the financial losses brought on by COVID-19. For 2020 nearly $1 million are available to all […] Read more

A good stand of winter canola in mid-October, including an adequate population with some space between plants along the row.

Establishing winter canola

Look at herbicide history, soil type and planting date to get canola growing well

Reading Time: 5 minutes Winter canola seed sales have been strong and Ontario acres in 2020 are expected to be higher than ever before. Why it matters: While research on the crop has been limited, some recommendations are available, based on experience of the past few years and with spring canola in Ontario. Field selection Fields should have good […] Read more


Tar spot in corn and soybean cyst nematode

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for August 13

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week we would like to discuss tar spot in corn as well as soybean cyst nematode and sudden death syndrome in soybean. Tar spot in corn There is a lot of discussion and questions surrounding tar spot this year in Ontario. Tar spot is a new corn disease in the U.S. midwest and since […] Read more

Ontario farmers have expressed concern about their farm business registration information being shared.

OFA urges farm data requester be named

A Freedom of Information Act request targets anyone with a Farm Business Registration number

Reading Time: 3 minutes Members of the three General Farm Organizations in Ontario have been encouraged to tell the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) to turn down a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request aimed at Ontario’s farmers. The request looks for names of individuals and businesses holding Farm Business Registration (FBR) numbers, a well […] Read more