The possibility of astronaut farmers

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By Jonathan Martin Exactly 50 years ago, while commander Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind,” Mike Collins, the mission’s command module pilot, sipped on a floating bag of coffee. The coffee, along with the astronauts’ other food and drinks, had travelled with the team around 384,400 km (238,855 miles) from … Read More

Agriculture support programs inadequate in new trade environment

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Agriculture groups are concerned existing programs won’t measure up while other countries pile billions into support for their farmers By Jennifer Betzner, John Greig Farm leaders are worried the current suite of government risk management programs are ill-prepared to help Ontario farmers through tough times brought on by trade wars. Solid farm income over the past decade means reference margins will really … Read More

Considerations for 2019 Wheat Planting

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By Andy Michel, Laura Lindsey.et.al  With the autumn rapidly approaching, wheat planting is likely to begin soon. Planting after the Hessian fly free date remains the best chance to avoid issues with insects and diseases, as well as helping ensure good agronomic quality.  Some benefits of the fly free date:  Hessian Fly: Adults of the Hessian fly lay eggs in emerging … Read More

The Ontario government lost $42M selling cannabis in the last year

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The Canadian Press Ontario Cannabis Retail Corp. lost $42 million in the latest fiscal year, according to newly released public documents. The provincial Crown corporation tasked with online sales and wholesale distribution of recreational pot reported revenues of $64 million for the year ended March 31, 2019. However, Ontario’s consolidated financial statements show the OCRC, which operates as the Ontario … Read More

Canada takes its canola case against China to WTO

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International Trade Minister Jim Carr continues to back Canada’s food inspection system By: Mike Blanchfield  Canada has requested a formal meeting with China before the World Trade Organization to resolve a Chinese ban on Canadian canola shipments. International Trade Minister Jim Carr announced Friday that Canada is seeking a bilateral consultation at the WTO because the two sides have been … Read More

New yield predictions for Ont. corn and soybeans

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New yield predictions for Ont. corn and soybeans While soybean yields will be below the five-year average, corn yields should be better. Source Despite a delayed and difficult start to the growing season, Ontario producers can expect strong corn yields. That prediction is thanks to the Great Ontario Yield Tour team, which announced the results of its research on Aug. … Read More

Winter Canola Sensitivity to Herbicides

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By: Meghan Moran Producers interested in growing winter canola should consider the herbicide history of their field, and the herbicide options open to them following winter wheat harvest. There are a number of restrictions, and some herbicide labels do not mention safety on canola. At this time there is only one winter canola variety that is registered in Ontario and … Read More

Ontario reclaims Guinness threshing record

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By Diego Flammini St. Albert, Ont. is once again the Guinness world record holder for the most threshing machines operating simultaneously. On Aug. 11, 243 machines threshed wheat together for five minutes to reclaim the record. St. Albert set its first record in 2015 using 111 machines before Austin, Man. broke it with 150 machines the following year. Bringing the record … Read More

Soil degradation a costly global issue

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About a third of the world’s soil is degraded, which has economic and food security implications By Geralyn Wichers When Prairie-dwellers think of soil erosion, they may think of iconic photos from the Dirty ’30s: towering clouds of black soil blowing across desolate land, teacups turned upside down against drifting grit. But as Francis Zvomuya told the classroom of farmers and … Read More