The Millennium variety now accounts for 95 per cent of Ontario’s asparagus crop.

Guelph asparagus variety has transformed the Ontario sector

University of Guelph recognizes breeder Dave Wolyn’s work with Innovation of the Year honours

Reading Time: 3 minutes When a new asparagus variety was introduced in Ontario almost 20 years ago, no one, including its breeder, had any idea of the transformative impact it would have on an entire sector. Launched in 2000, Guelph Millennium marked not only the start of a new millennium — but also a new era for Ontario’s asparagus […] Read more

University of Guelph research showed there was significantly less leaching of nitrate in a trial where cover crops were grown.

Cover crops decrease nitrate leaching

Living mass within soil reduces concentration of nitrate

Reading Time: 2 minutes A recent study at the University of Guelph found cover crops help to reduce nitrate leaching, a threat to the environment. Masters student Jared Lapierre studied how cover crops help to better control nitrate leaching in two different soil types. Why it matters: Cover crops are known to help store and contain nutrients by increasing […] Read more

An artist’s rendering of the new bee research centre.

University of Guelph creates bee research centre

Reading Time: 1 minute The University of Guelph is expanding its pollinator health and conservation program into North America’s first one-stop shop for honey bee research, education and outreach. The university is planning a $12-million facility aimed at helping understand the stressors affecting honey bees and other pollinators. A recent gift from the Riviere Charitable Foundation will cover a […] Read more

Lillie Ann Morris spurred the creation of Soils at Guelph after a conversation with OAC Dean Rene Van Acker.

New initiative launched to improve soil health education

The Soils at Guelph aims to bridge the gap between agriculture and the general public

Reading Time: 3 minutes Soils at Guelph, launched at the University of Guelph on Sept. 19, aims to put more high quality soil health information in the hands of farmers. Why it matters: The continuous degradation of soil health across Ontario and Canada is creating a barrier for farmers as soil quality dwindles. The development of the program began […] Read more

Cattle are also at risk from diseases carried by ticks, which are expanding their range.

Risks to livestock increasing as ticks expand their territory

Although media reports focus on the threat of tick-borne diseases on humans, owners of cattle and farmers should be aware of the risks they pose for livestock

Reading Time: 4 minutes Livestock producers must be alert and become more aware of new disease pressures that might affect their animals as the tick population reaches into new areas. Why it matters: Animal diseases carried by ticks aren’t well known in Ontario yet, as they are just arriving. Many Ontario residents are aware of Lyme disease and other […] Read more


Kemptville College alumni peruse artifacts and memorabilia from their college days in the newly opened Kemptville College Alumni Historical Building.

Kemptville alumni open memorabilia building

The building will provide a place of focus for graduates of the now-closed college

Reading Time: 2 minutes The historical artifacts from Kemptville College have a new home. The grand opening of a new building for the now-defunct college’s artifacts was celebrated at the alumni’s annual reunion held at the Lombardy Fairgrounds over the Aug. 24 weekend. Why it matters: Kemptville College educated generations of Ontario farmers before it was closed in 2015. […] Read more

A Monarch butterfly only lays its eggs on milkweed plants.

Is mowed milkweed better for monarchs?

Science Notes: Research shows that monarch butterflies prefer younger milkweed plants

Reading Time: 2 minutes As odd as it may seem, mowing down milkweed can help monarch butterflies. University of Guelph researchers have found that cutting down milkweed where monarch butterflies lay their eggs and where caterpillars feed benefits the vulnerable insects — but only if mowing is timed strategically. According to a new paper published in the journal Global […] Read more

Ontario Sheep Farmers will use Dr. Debra Stark’s expertise as needed to help deal with industry issues.

Stark named independent advisor to Ontario Sheep Farmers

Organization says the unique position will build its capacity to deal with challenging issues

Reading Time: 1 minute Ontario Sheep Farmers is signing on an independent board advisor to serve as a sounding board, mediator and to help the organization deal with sector-wide issues. Dr. Deb Stark, a former deputy minister of OMAFRA who was also the province’s first chief veterinarian, has signed onto the position. Marc Carere, chair of the board of […] Read more


Red skin and flesh potatoes are popular due to antioxidant properties.

Emerging potato varieties aim to put more pop into potato market

Federal government overhauling national potato research program to make it more responsive to industry

Reading Time: 4 minutes The latest potato varieties being evaluated for the Ontario market were on display at the University of Guelph’s Elora Research Station in late August for interested growers and industry representatives. The majority were from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada potato breeding program in Fredericton, which annually provides cultivars with potential for Ontario’s climate and growing […] Read more

Guelph researchers seek farmer input on precision ag technology

Reading Time: 1 minute University of Guelph researchers want to hear from farmers about their use of precision agriculture technologies. A research team of University of Guelph graduate students in the Geography, Environment and Geomatics Department is conducting the survey. The lead researcher is master’s candidate Sarah Marquis and the lead academic advisory is Evan Fraser. Results will be […] Read more