Private and public crop research will likely slow, but it continues.

Field-level research continues, but with COVID-19 distancing

Private and public research continues in the field, but some lab work is shut down

Reading Time: 2 minutes Universities and private companies continue the develop and research crops, but they are dealing with the imperative to conduct the research apart to assure farmer and co-operator safety. Why it matters: Plant research is an essential service. Trying to continue the research for the agriculture sector while maintaining safety of those involved is important. What’s changed? […] Read more

The Ontario Veterinary College building at the University of Guelph.

Livestock research evolves under COVID-19

University of Guelph research in livestock is an essential service

Reading Time: 3 minutes Livestock research is moving quickly to adjust to the COVID-19 reality. The disease also means new research opportunities at the University of Guelph. Most active livestock research at the university falls into three categories: shut down, scale back, or continuing/new, said Ontario Agriculture College Dean Dr. Rene Van Acker. “We aren’t closed as we fall […] Read more

How to get more accurate DON toxin readings

Elevator operators are advised to grind the entire sample before testing to get more consistent results

Reading Time: 3 minutes An industry committee has recommended changes to elevator testing procedures for deoxynivalenol (DON) after probing into the inconsistent results farmers found so frustrating during the fusarium-plagued 2018 corn harvest. While many have blamed the sampling probe used to collect samples as trucks pull into the elevator, subsequent testing has shown the inconsistent results arose from […] Read more

Veterinarians more likely to have suicidal thoughts: study

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canadian veterinarians, particularly women practitioners, think about suicide more often than the general population and suffer poorer mental health overall, a study by University of Guelph researchers has found. As an occupation, veterinarians have higher levels of stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, anxiety and depression, and reported more suicidal ideation and lower resilience than Canadians generally, […] Read more

The winning hackathon team: Justin Dellandrea, left, Caroline Duvieusart-Dery, Taylor Paradis, 
Connor Russell, Jyothi Shiva Swaraj Vutukuru, Alexandra Mazanko, Marvin Dyck.

Guelph students ‘hack the farm’ for innovative solutions

Students tackled agricultural issues ranging from improved food packaging to better crop yield predictions

Reading Time: 3 minutes An idea for better waste water management at a local brewery won top honours in the third annual Improve Life Challenge Hackathon at the University of Guelph on March 6. The theme for this year’s day-long event was Hack the Farm in a Climate of Change where teams of students worked with community partners to […] Read more


Growers who use hoop houses can use the CO2 GRO technology even though they don’t have an entirely closed environment.

Plant growth boosted with water-based carbon dioxide

The Canadian system allows hoop-structure growers to use carbon dioxide as a growth enhancer

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ontario company has patented technology to dissolve carbon dioxide into water and apply it to plants to make them grow faster while also reducing disease problems. Toronto-based CO2 GRO launched early in 2018 and has sold systems to growers of crops like lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, cannabis and microgreens. Although many greenhouse growers are already […] Read more

Pigs are the most likely farm animal to be susceptible to COVID-19 because the DNA makeup of the virus makes it more likely to bind to pig cells.

Sick with COVID-19? Stay away from animals if possible

There’s not much yet known about transfer to animals, but pigs are at largest risk

Reading Time: 2 minutes Farmers with livestock should take some of the same precautions that they are taking with people in order to make sure they don’t transmit the coronavirus COVID-19 to their animals. Prof. Scott Weese, who works in infectious diseases at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, says it’s not yet known which animals […] Read more

Downy mildew is more challenging to manage with few control measures.

Resistance management is of utmost importance for cucurbit downy mildew

Changes in fungicide regulations have reduced the available treatments

Reading Time: 3 minutes Management of cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) requires more diligence with limited fungicide options. Recent changes in fungicide regulations leaves fewer options for farmers to control CDM, economically the most important disease for cucumbers. Why it matters: Re-evaluation of chlorothalonil has reduced the number of applications for cucurbit growers from seven to two. CDM has become […] Read more


Cows develop problems with ketosis most soon after calving.

Study looks at once-per-day milking of ketotic cows

Economic analysis remains to be done on the idea that shows promise in treating ketotic cows

Reading Time: 2 minutes Two weeks of once-per-day milking can clear up a high proportion of ketosis cases —although researchers are holding off on recommending the strategy pending further analysis of the financial drawbacks. Dr. Stephen LeBlanc of the University of Guelph’s Dairy at Guelph research cluster provided an update about ongoing research at the recent South Western Ontario […] Read more

Dairy farmers could learn from greenhouse growers about recycling nutrients and materials.

Could Ontario agriculture be a carbon sink?

Professor says it could be done today – if enough imagination and will is employed

Reading Time: 3 minutes Could agriculture be a net-zero carbon emitter, or even a carbon sink? According to Vern Osborne, professor of animal biosciences at the University of Guelph, the answer is yes — and it could be done today, with current technology. During a presentation at the Farms.com Precision Agriculture Conference in London, Osborne detailed the future of […] Read more