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

Deciding which cover crops to use

There’s more known now about what cover crops work in what soils and for what end uses

Reading Time: 3 minutes Planting cover crops following winter wheat harvest is not a new concept for Ontario producers. The ability of cover crops to add organic matter to soil, sequester weeds and reduce erosion is greatly beneficial but one cover crop won’t work for all producers and their needs. “It’s going to depend on the grower, their situation, […] Read more

Wheat pests are still a concern

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 25

Reading Time: 3 minutes True armyworm (TAW) larvae are in many winter wheat and spring cereal fields across southern Ontario, thankfully not always at threshold. Some fields have populations at threshold (4-5 unparasitized larvae smaller than 2.5 cm per square foot) or above and with minimal feeding damage. Larvae sometimes choose not to do as much feeding and move […] Read more

Hops grow well in Canada, but there hasn’t been the expected uptake of local varieties by Canadian brewers.

Hop producers continue to sit on previous years’ crop

Change in beer novelties and international supply lowers demand for Canadian product

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hop production has exploded in recent years in North America as producers assumed local breweries would value their product – but continuous difficult market situations have Ontario growers sitting on product they can’t sell. The explosion led to the highest acreage numbers of hops seen since “1996(ish),” says Evan Elford, new crop development specialist with […] Read more

Corn, soy planting largely complete, fair weather spurs forage growth

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 4

Reading Time: 4 minutes Corn While planting has largely been completed the last number of weeks, corn is still being planted on heavier soils which have just recently been fit enough for planting (Niagara/Haldimand, Southern Lambton, SW Kent). If rainfall further delays planting, more remaining acreage may be switched to soybeans. Despite great planting conditions, there are reports of […] Read more

Warm weather accelerates crop growth

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 28

Reading Time: 3 minutes Warmer conditions starting late last week have fast-tracked crop growth. Rainfall during the past week has been sporadic with isolated thunderstorms resulting in flooded fields in one location and no rainfall less than a km away. Fields in many regions would welcome some moisture. Corn Planting is completed and most corn planted between April 27th and […] Read more

Early planted corn emerging, soybean planting continues

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 21

Reading Time: 3 minutes Temperatures over the past week have been significantly warmer than the week prior. Most of the province saw rain over the long weekend. In many areas this was welcome news, but much of southwestern Ontario received significant downpours and flooded fields were a common sight. Corn Most of the intended acreage was planted before the […] Read more

900 mm tires at 40 psi and 900 mm tires at 10 psi. The visual difference in tires inflated at road, top, and field, bottom, ratings using CTIS.

How low can you go when it comes to tire pressure?

Tires can take lower pressure, but using low pressure to reduce compaction depends on farmer comfort level

Reading Time: 4 minutes The impact of farm equipment causing soil compaction is primarily a function of soil moisture at the time of traffic combined with the total weight, axle load and tire pressure of the implement. By lowering tire pressure, we reduce the impact of soil compaction up to a point, which is a function of the ability […] Read more

The water erosion map outlines for farmers the potential for water erosion within their field under different farming practices.

OMAFRA launches new AgMaps tool

The map helps farmers understand the water erosion potential of their fields

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new program involving Ontario’s Agricultural Information Atlas, commonly known as AgMaps, helps farmers determine the soil erosion potential of their fields. The water erosion potential map has been in the making for years. It takes advantage of information previously within the AgMaps portal and recently collected LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) remote survey data […] Read more