DRONES FOR AERIAL AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS

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Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario Commentary By Brooke Wareing, CFFO Communications Intern Agricultural applications, such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers, are a routine aspect of farm life, as some crops require these additions to thrive, as well as to protect against pests. Application methods have not changed drastically over the years as some choose to use a manual sprayer … Read More

OFA MEMBERS: TELL US WHAT MATTERS TO YOU

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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary By Brent Royce, OFA Director As the leading advocate for farmers in our province, the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) relies on regular grassroots member feedback to make sure we’re representing our membership and their needs. From leadership elections and consultations with our Policy Advisory Council to on-the-ground Member Service Representatives and online poll questions, … Read More

CATTLE, HOG AND SHEEP INVENTORIES HIGHER

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From Statistics Canada Canadian cattle, hog and sheep inventories were all up on January 1 compared with the same date in 2017. Statistics Canada released its latest livestock inventory report on March 6. Cattle Canadian farmers had 11.6 million cattle on their farms on January 1, up 0.9% from January 1, 2017. Inventories, though, remained 22.1% below the peak levels … Read More

HARNESSING PHYSICS FOR BETTER SEED GERMINATION, HIGHER CROP YIELDS

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By Matt McIntosh for AgInnovation Ontario Physics, the science of the cosmos, is critical to our understanding of the natural world – and on a more practical agricultural level, it might be able to help improve crop yields. According to entrepreneurs and former University of Waterloo students Amir Zhumagulov and Ilyas Ashirov, physics – or a force within the science … Read More

GFO APPLAUDS SIGNING OF THE CPTPP

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From a news release Grain Farmers of Ontario congratulates the Government of Canada on signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The organization applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of International Trade François-Philippe Champagne and Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay for the effort in advancing the signing of CPTPP. The CPTPP trade deal with 11 countries is … Read More

WASDE HIGHLIGHTS: LOWER U.S. CORN STOCKPILES; HIGHER WHEAT AND SOYBEANS

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In its latest outlook, the U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered ending stocks for U.S. corn while increasing its estimates for the stockpiles of soybeans and wheat. Released on March 8, the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report cut the American corn ending stocks for 2017-18 by 225 million bushels to 2.127 billion bushels. If realized, the agency said … Read More