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 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

Appearance of poisonous mould causing major concern for corn farmers

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Scott Miller, CTV London November 13, 2018 Farmers are calling it ‘catastrophic.’ A potentially poisonous mould called vomitoxin is threatening a large portion of Southwestern Ontario’s corn crop. Inconsistent testing has corn producers pulling out their hair, as to whether their corn is “passable” or “worthless.” Some farmers are having their corn turned away at grain elevators due to excessive … Read More

Grain Farmers of Ontario Urges Canadian Government to Reconsider Carbon Tax

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Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, today expressed its disappointment with the Canadian government‘s mandated carbon tax on fuels and urged the government to stop implementation. Changes in the land, water and air have been noted by farmers for decades and new practices such as cover crop … Read More

Mould in Ont. grain corn increasing

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Lauren Arva Staff Writer Grain corn ear mould, such as Gibberella, is on the rise in Ontario this year, a Friday OMAFRA field crop report said. Industry representatives tested corn ear samples, collected from Sept. 21 to 28, for the survey. Overall, 60 per cent of tested samples ranked low (<2.00 ppm) for Vomitoxin (DON), a type of mycotoxin. Signs of … Read More

Moisture continues to stall Ont. harvest

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By Diego Flammini Staff Writer The sun may be shining in Ontario today, but cash crop producers still find themselves looking for a window to harvest their crops. A recent stretch of rain and cooler temperatures forced some farmers to come up with concrete plans to harvest, regardless of field conditions. “My soybeans were ready to come off about … Read More

Fall residue management helps spring crops

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Diego Flammini Staff Writer As farmers harvest their cash crops, they may be thinking about the next planting season. Thorough soil and residue management in the fall can help producers get a head start for the spring season, said Justin Render, a product specialist with Kinze Manufacturing. “It helps set the stage for next year’s crop,” he told … Read More


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From a news release Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lawrence MacAulay, has announced the details of the federal government’s transformational $70M investment, over five years, to address significant environmental challenges and hire approximately 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of agricultural science. The minister made the announcement on Sept. 21 at AAFC’s research centre in Harrow, Ont. … Read More