Freeze-thaw cycle expected to hurt winter wheat

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Farms.com The wild weather that has hit the region during the last few weeks, coupled with a late start to the fall planting season, has area farmers concerned about the outlook for this year’s winter wheat crops.  “If I had to make a guess, I would absolutely say there will be some acres of winter wheat that will have to … Read More

Data will be the future of precision agriculture

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Real-time decisions will drive profitability says Proagrica Farms.com  “In an increasingly unstable market and chaotic world, precision ag gives the industry the ability to make real-time decisions that can drive profitability,” explains Ryan Hoffman, Territory Sales Manager at Proagrica.  Proagrica, a global provider of independent connectivity and data-driven support solutions for the agriculture and animal health industries, is Platinum Sponsor for this … Read More

Ont. supports rural infrastructure planning

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Lauren Arva Staff Writer Farms.com A total of 58 rural Ontario municipalities will receive help with local infrastructure planning, thanks to a program delivered by the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association (MFOA) of Ontario in partnership with the province. Monte McNaughton, minister of infrastructure, made the program announcement on Jan. 11. “This assistance will help many rural and northern communities map … Read More

Farmers waiting for snowy weather

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Wet weather during the last harvest season and mild winter conditions so far have made circumstances challenging for some area farmers. What they need now is snow, said Burford farmer Larry Davis, who is a provincial director for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. “We do need snow cover for grain crops, to protect them from big swings in temperature.” Livestock … Read More

Top 10 Ways to Help Prevent Barn Fires

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Top 10 Ways to Help Prevent Barn Fires Though barn fires are a year-round concern, most barn fires occur in the winter. The colder months are generally the time when feed and bedding storage is greatest, electricity use is high, and equipment repairs and upgrades are made. It is an important time to be extra vigilant. When it comes to … Read More

Trans-Pacific trade deal carries huge potential for Canada

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By Ian Madsen The reworked Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement between Canada and 10 other nations kicks in on Dec. 20. The federal government heartily endorses the deal it rescued after the U.S. administration abandoned it. But it concedes the deal itself may only increase Canadian gross domestic product by an estimated $4.2 billion, or about two per … Read More

Gov’ts assists with Ont. DON corn issue

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By Diego Flammini Staff Writer Farms.com Two levels of government announced how they will help Ontario producers with high levels of DON in their corn. Today, the federal and provincial governments outlined three measures through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. They will open an application process to help farmers recover some costs associated with DON testing. The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association will handle the … Read More

Leave the Stubble to Protect the Soil

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By Paul Jasa No-till November, a national campaign of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and others, encourages farmers to park their tillage implements each fall. It all started, says Neil Sass, an NRCS agronomist, when “I thought ‘Hey, No-Shave November is a good way to highlight men’s health, why not promote No-Till November as a way to highlight soil health?’ … Read More