Cover crops are one of the ways that soil health can be enhanced.

Donation to boost soil health outreach

Donors aim to make sure best soil health information reaches farmers

The University of Guelph marked World Soil Day by announcing a $500,000 donation for soil health outreach in Ontario. The donation was made by Lillie Ann Morris, who has worked for more than four decades in agricultural advertising sales, Glacier FarmMedia, publisher of Farmtario and the agricultural division of information communications company Glacier Media Inc., […] Read more

Camelina is gaining in popularity because of its high oil levels and presence of Omega 3 fatty acids.

Online sales can help drive specialty crop products

Camelina is being tested in Ontario to see if it works in crop rotations here

More often than not, the first instinct of consumers today is to head online when they’re looking to buy something. That’s less the case when it comes to the traditional agricultural market of inputs and supplies. And it certainly wasn’t on Jack Grushcow’s mind when his company, Linneaus Plant Sciences Inc., first discovered somewhat by […] Read more

Yield and remote sense mapping can help determine profitable and money-losing areas of farms.

Can it pay to stop farming unproductive land?

Taking underperforming areas of a field out of production can support farm profitability and conservation, say researchers

Can some farmers increase their profitability by not working underperforming parts of the field? Researchers at the University of Guelph think so. According to those researchers, combining conservation with crop production on a field-by-field level can better serve both the environment and producers’ bottom lines. Why it matters: Consistently underperforming areas of a farm hurt […] Read more

A national standard is being developed for milk from cows that are grass fed. There are 33 Ontario dairy farms producing to the temporary grass-fed standard.

Milking new consumer trends

Tapping into consumers’ thirst for new ways to drink milk is spurring investment in processing and changing production practices on the farm

A national standard is being developed for grass-fed milk because of demand. Coca Cola committed to spending $85 million on a new plant in Peterborough for its specialty milk product and Saputo has now announced a competitor. It’s almost as though the Canadian milk market is having its Chobani moment. The American yogurt maker proposed […] Read more

MicroSintesis CEO Hannah McIver, left, Prof. Mansel Griffiths, Maira Medelli-Peña and University of Guelph Vice President of 
Research Malcolm Campbell at the Innovation of the Year award presentation in Guelph in October.

Probiotic wins University of Guelph innovation of year award

The biopeptide technology reduces spread of harmful bacteria in livestock, and could have human uses

Ground-breaking work using probiotics to reduce the spread of harmful bacteria in livestock has been selected as the University of Guelph’s 2018 Innovation of the Year. The innovative biopeptide technology is the culmination of 15 years of research led by Guelph food science professor emeritus Mansel Griffiths and is now being commercialized by MicroSintesis Inc. […] Read more

Marc Carere acclaimed as Sheep Farmers of Ontario chair

Heather Little and John Hemsted are the new vice-chairs of the organization

Ontario Sheep Farmers elected its officers for 2018-19 and recognized the achievements of some of its members at its recent annual general meeting in Alliston. District 7 director Marc Carere was acclaimed as chair. Carere, his wife Helen and son Matt operate Ballinahistle Farms, a large commercial ewe flock and lamb feedlot. He replaces Rob […] Read more

Dave Hooker (r) and Matt Stewart discuss one of their cover crop research trials during an update event at Ridgetown College, October 23.

Evaluating cover crops for the long term

Too early to assess corn and wheat yields, but the benefits to tomatoes already seem clear

It’s widely recognized that cover crops boost soil organic matter, but their long-term agronomic and economic benefits are less well understood. Researchers at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown and Elora campuses have undertaken some long-term studies to identify the impacts of cover crops in some growing conditions and management styles common to southwestern Ontario. Why […] Read more

High-oleic soybeans have about 75 per cent oleic content, which puts the oil at a similar status to olive oil as far as healthy oil content. It also lasts longer in a fryer than conventional soybean oil and is a higher yielding oil for industrial uses.

The potential in specialty soybean oils

Ontario growers, experts in identity-preserved crops, are waiting for market demand to drive processing capacity for the value-added crops

A lack of processing capacity continues to hamper Ontario growth in higher-value oil soybeans. Specialty oils have potential to be the next value-added commodity crop in Ontario, especially high-oleic and high-linoleic soybeans, but they are not quite ready for the field yet. Why it matters: Ontario farmers are skilled in managing identity-preservation systems and that […] Read more

Phil Mlsna expects his teat washing robot to be cost effective for most dairy farms.

Dairy parlours, feed monitoring and genetic indices see innovations

The latest dairy technologies launched at World Dairy Expo

Robotic teat washing coming for parlours Automations continue to arrive in milking parlours. First there was data recording and automatic shutoffs, then teat spray robots. There have been some attempts at full robotic milking, but adoption has been slow. The next step in the parlour milking process that begs automation is teat washing. There have […] Read more

Most hogs in Canada are sold under contract, but the contract price is underpinned by the American price of pigs.

Can Canada break away from U.S. livestock pricing?

Canadian prices have plunged in concert with the U.S. market’s response to that country’s disruptive trade agenda. Some are asking whether Canada can decouple to a pricing mechanism more closely tied to global fundamentals

Pork, beef and other meat prices in Canada have been driven down over the past two months to where farmers are losing money on most animals they ship. The decline is mostly driven by tariffs placed on U.S. pork by China and Mexico in retaliation for American tariffs on steel and aluminum. Canadian pricing is […] Read more