Southwestern Ontario elevator to handle Scoular grain

Martin Farming to take grain at new elevator

Reading Time: < 1 minute Scoular Co. has set up a new delivery point for southwestern Ontario growers from whom it buys grain. The Omaha-based, privately-held grain firm announced Thursday it has made a deal with Martin Farming — which operates at Paris, just northwest of Brantford — that will direct grain to Martin’s new 22,000-tonne-capacity elevator. The agreement “allows […] Read more

Ontario meat processor buys into poultry slaughter

ADP Direct buys Cami International

Reading Time: 2 minutes A growth-minded Toronto poultry and deli meat further-processing company has made a vertical move with a deal for a federally-inspected Niagara-area poultry slaughter plant. ADP Direct Poultry announced Friday it has bought up 100 per cent ownership of Cami International Poultry, a slaughter and processing facility at Welland, Ont., for an undisclosed amount. The deal […] Read more

Ginseng piling up in Canada despite Chinese demand

Travel restrictions depress new-crop sales

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg/Hong Kong | Reuters — The pandemic’s crushing effect on international travel has grounded Canadian exports of ginseng, a root widely used in Asia to treat everything from the common cold to impotency, at a time when health is top of consumers’ minds. Canada is the world’s second-largest ginseng exporter after China, with most of […] Read more

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show looks to lock in land base

GFM plans to buy research land for eastern Discovery Farm

Reading Time: 2 minutes As Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show goes digital this week, its operator is preparing to secure its real-world footprint in southern Ontario and put that real estate to year-round work. Glacier FarmMedia and the Ontario government on Tuesday announced their intent to work toward a land deal with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO), which […] Read more

New farm research group offers more by pooling resources

Central Ontario soil research and stewardship groups try two-year collaboration

Reading Time: 4 minutes A partnership based out of Trent University is offering farmers free access to its expertise. The Quinte Farm Research and Stewardship Collaborative is a two-year initiative described by project co-ordinator Lindsay Nash as a network focused on modern agricultural practices in relation to soil health, water quality and new technologies. Why it matters: There are […] Read more


The cover crops were planted with a drill at V4 corn stage.

Trial looks at cover crops in 60-inch corn

Increased sunlight exposure to the soil is thought to help the establishment of cover crops

Reading Time: 2 minutes A demonstration project south of Clinton is looking at 60-inch row corn, over traditional 30-inch row corn, to better establish cover crops. It is thought that the wider row corn can increase the light penetration to the soil, increasing the ability for cover crop establishment. The impact on corn yield or the following year’s soybean […] Read more

Farms settled in the 1950s have returned to nature as other opportunities beckoned owners.

Finding farmland in Ontario’s north

It’s believed there are up to three million acres of Class 2, 3 and 4 land in the north that could be farmed

Reading Time: 4 minutes The economics of modern agriculture have rekindled interest in pushing long-abandoned farms in northeastern Ontario into production. Millions of acres considered part of the fertile Northern Clay Belt remain largely undeveloped in municipalities stretching north and west from New Liskeard since the region was first opened to farming in the 1950s. Alain Robichaud, economic development […] Read more

Brandt closes GeoShack deal, locks up Topcon sales in Canada

Tractor company revives Ontario deal

Reading Time: 2 minutes A deal to make Brandt Tractor the exclusive dealer for Topcon geopositioning equipment clear across Canada has been resuscitated. Regina-based Brandt announced Tuesday it has closed its previously-announced deal to buy the assets of GeoShack Canada — two weeks after Dallas-based GeoShack declared that “a mutually beneficial deal… has not been attained.” GeoShack has been […] Read more


Ontario to insure for crop loss due to lack of labour

AgriInsurance offering hailed as a first in Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario’s federal/provincial AgriInsurance program has been temporarily expanded to include coronavirus-related labour shortages as a covered cause for crop loss. Producers already enrolled in an eligible production insurance plan and hit by crop losses due to labour disruptions during the 2020 growing season will be able to get further insurance coverage, the Ontario and federal […] Read more

Ontario investigating 17 temp agencies after virus outbreaks on farms

"We stand firm against exploitation in our province"

Reading Time: < 1 minute Toronto/Winnipeg | Reuters — Ontario is investigating 17 temporary recruitment agencies, the province’s labour ministry said, after health officials warned that agencies that move workers from farm to farm could be contributing to COVID-19 outbreaks. Canadian farms rely on some 60,000 people who come to Canada on temporary work permits every year, typically living and […] Read more