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

Planting progress in Ontario ahead of normal

OMAFRA Field Crop Report for May 14

Reading Time: 3 minutes Temperatures were well below seasonal for much of the past week due to the presence of an arctic air mass. Low night-time temperature records were set in many areas of the province with low temperatures between 0 to -7 C and snow fell overnight more than once. The widespread risk of the cold weather impacts […] Read more

Pest lessons learned in the 2019 Ontario crop year

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 23

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all agree that this has been one of the most challenging cropping years in Ontario, but there were some pest lessons learned from the experience. Effect of delayed planting Delayed planting can reduce the risk of some early season pests. Pests like bean leaf beetle (BLB) move into the earliest emerging fields first. With […] Read more

Fall means sampling for soybean cyst nematode

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 16

Reading Time: 4 minutes As fall approaches, two things are certain – winter will come and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has done its business! For many growers, managing soybean cyst nematode 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

Strategies for reducing compaction from wheel traffic

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of September 9

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farm show season is upon us! As we admire the many types and sizes of farm equipment, most of us would rather ignore the elephant in the room; a lot of new farm machinery is simply too heavy to drive across the field without risking deep, potentially permanent, subsoil compaction. Deep compaction is almost entirely […] Read more

Soil fertility benefits of wheat in rotation

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of August 19

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winter wheat harvest is now complete and before long the 2020 winter wheat crop will be seeded across the province. Yields have been better than expected for many. September planted wheat ranges from 100-130 bushels per acre, early October wheat ranges from 80-100 bu/ac and late October planted wheat yielded from 30 to 70 bu/ac. […] Read more

Winter wheat harvest winds down, increase of SDS in soybeans seen

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of August 12

Reading Time: 3 minutes Winter wheat Winter wheat harvest is winding down across the province and reported yields to date have ranged from 80-130 bu/ac which compares well to the five-year average yield of 82.7 bushels/ac. This was a pleasant surprise for many growers’ considering all the stresses the winter wheat crop had to endure. Good reports of straw […] Read more

Crop pest insects descend on Ontario fields

Ontario Field Crop Report for the week of August 5

Reading Time: 3 minutes Western bean cutworm (WBC) Peak moth flight is likely taking place this week for many regions of Ontario, putting both corn and dry beans at risk. WBC moths prefer pre-tassel to full tassel corn to lay eggs in so scout these fields first. If corn has passed these stages in the immediate area, moths will choose […] Read more