Testing soil for soybean cyst nematode

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for September 17

Reading Time: 2 minutes Soybean harvest has begun, and many growers have asked if they could sample for soybean cyst nematode this fall. For many growers, managing soybean cyst nematode (SCN) means planting SCN resistance varieties BUT effective SCN management does not end when you have selected your soybean varieties! It is imperative to not only know your SCN […] Read more

Getting the most from the water available to you

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for August 20

Reading Time: 3 minutes Field Crop News – Water is the most important limiting input for crop production. In more than a couple of the past years, producers across the province have been forced to watch while their crops suffer from dry conditions in the heat of summer. Other than irrigation (which is rare for field crops in Ontario), […] 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

Three key topics for forage production

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for August 6

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are currently three key topics for forage production: nitrates, potato leafhopper, and planting annual forages for fall production. Nitrate poisoning of livestock is a risk in a dry year In a dry year, high nitrate levels in forages are a concern. Fast-growing grass species, such as corn, sorghum-sudangrass, and cereals are most likely to […] Read more

Post wheat harvest weed management strategies

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 30

Reading Time: 2 minutes The establishment of cover crops after cereal harvest has been shown to reduce weed seed production and dispersal to the soil. This is of particular benefit when trying to manage glyphosate resistant weed species like Canada fleabane and waterhemp (a relative of redroot pigweed). Some highlights from recent studies include: Fall planted cereal rye on […] Read more


Harvested fields a good time to improve soil health

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 23

Reading Time: 3 minutes Harvested wheat fields offer the perfect opportunity to focus on improving soil health. Planting cover crops and/or applying manure or other organic amendments provides soil microbes with the carbon compounds that help create a more porous soil structure which improves water, air and nutrient cycling. Here are a few common questions that come up every […] Read more

Dry beans near bloom stage, but watch for white mold

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 16

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dry beans are either approaching flowering or have already started flowering across Ontario. White mold is an important disease of dry beans in Ontario and in-crop management of white mold occurs during flowering. White mold spores can land on stems, leaves or pods but deteriorating flower petals are very susceptible to infection. Spores colonize flower […] Read more

Wheat harvest begins, corn and soybeans see rapid growth

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for July 9

Reading Time: 4 minutes OMAFRA, UG, RealAgriculture, GFO and industry sponsors are offering an Ontario Virtual Crop Diagnostic Event since our summer events have been cancelled. Go to fieldcropnew.com for information on this series which begins Wednesday July 15th. While the management window for much of our field crops is closing, some late fertility, and insect monitoring, and control remains […] Read more


Achieving a healthy soybean plant stand

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 18

Reading Time: 4 minutes Soybean plant stand establishment Establishing a uniform, healthy soybean plant stand which closes the canopy quickly is important to maximizing yield potential. Although a perfect plant stand is not as essential for soybeans as it is for corn; higher soybean yields are often associated with more uniform stands. Attaining a good plant stand is more […] Read more

Corn stages vary on planting dates, winter canola in final stages of flowering

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for June 11

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soybean Some replanting has occurred especially on heavy clay soils with poor emergence.  Soil crusting and seed corn maggot feeding are the main issues this spring. If plant stands are below 100,000 plants per acre replanting is warranted. The same variety can be planted into an existing thin stand. Replanting with a drill may damage […] Read more