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

It may be in the palm of your hands, but can you say with certainty that your data is yours and yours alone?

The legal mess of farm data ownership

Digital Data Control: Laws in many countries are of little help determining who owns agricultural data

Worldwide, more and more farmers are using big-data software systems to increase farm productivity and profitability. A major and often-cited barrier to more widespread adoption, however, is the lack of farmer trust when it comes to data ownership. That lack of trust can be warranted. According to some data law experts, ownership ambiguity can have […] Read more

Peter Sikkema told edible bean growers that 2,4-D is a glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane control option, if the treatment is registered.

Edible bean growers could get more weed control options

Ridgetown College research shows that older chemistries can help control glyphosate-resistant weeds in strip till

When the Weed Society of America challenged its members to evaluate weed pressure on field crops, Peter Sikkema found that in Ontario edible beans were most challenged by weed pressure. “The crop I work on that is most affected by weed interference is dry beans,” the professor at University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus said at […] Read more


Adzuki bean size is an issue in Ontario, but bean breeders are working to improve it.

Breeders look to bump up adzuki bean yield

The high-value bean consistently yields less than other edible beans, but breeders are trying to change that

Adzuki beans are prized by Japanese buyers for taste and colour and used in many Asian foods, including soups and desserts. But it’s hard to convince growers in Ontario to plant them because of their lower yield. There’s not much doubt about the lower yield, says Chris Gillard, an associate professor at the University of […] Read more

New livestock transport regulations are coming, but are likely going to be delayed.

Livestock transport regulations could drive change

Studies show national standards are mostly being met for cattle rest, but experts say humans involved need consideration too

Everyone involved in the process has responsibility for maintaining animal welfare when shipping beef cattle, especially animals trucked long distances. If anything goes wrong, then it needs to be communicated back down the shipping chain. Those were the key messages from Kincardine-area feedlot operator Steve Eby during a session on moving cattle long distances during […] Read more

The increasing use of sensors and digitization of processes on farms and in the agriculture supply chain, connected via blockchains, will mean less paper, more accuracy and quicker turnaround and traceability.

Farming blockchain

The ability to secure data and transactions through a chain of users could improve agriculture supply chain efficiency

Imagine a consumer who really likes a steak reaching back through the supply chain to give the farmer who raised that beef a tip. Or, being paid immediately for grain delivery. Those are a couple of the ideas behind Grain Discovery, a Prince Edward County agriculture start-up company planning to use blockchain technology to make […] Read more


Gene editing to eliminate boar taint being explored

A research alliance is attempting to develop male pigs that are naturally castrated

Global swine and poultry breeding technology supplier Hendrix Genetics recently added its support to a U.S.-based research effort aimed at delaying or even eliminating maturity in piglets as a way of tackling the troublesome phenomenon of boar taint. However, a well-respected University of Guelph boar taint researcher says “the jury’s still out” on whether or […] Read more

With some practice, the lung infection detection technique is said to take about two minutes per calf.

Ultrasound can detect lung problems in dairy calves earlier

Dairy calves that experience respiratory ailments produce less milk later on

Thanks to the use of new ultrasound technology, there’s now solid evidence out of the University of Guelph indicating the level of non-clinical lung infections among dairy calves is on par with what has already been seen in the beef sector. Why it matters: A member of the team involved in the dairy calf study, […] Read more