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The goal with the stay-green gene is to prolong photosynthesis without blocking movement of carbon and nitrogen to the seed.

Finding more green for corn crops

These results from a 119-year-old experiment could strengthen corn stalks and boost yields

Reading Time: 5 minutes What’s your definition of a “long-term” research project? Depending on its goals and its methodologies, five years might seem like a long time. Something like 10 or 20 years could be a real stretch. But here’s an experiment dating back 119 years that’s in a different category altogether, and it has just produced a new […] Read more

As amaranth varieties tested at AAFC-Harrow matured, their bright colouring differentiated them from nearby weeds.

A new success story

Quinoa and amaranth may hold great promise but the lack of processors remains a challenge

Reading Time: 6 minutes Mention a new practice, a new piece of farm equipment, or a precision ag system and the first question from a grower is likely to be, “What’s my profitability margin?” It’s the same for alternative crops — although the questions vary. Whether it’s fababeans or camelina, growers want to know what volume they’ll need to […] Read more


Continuous corn and reliance on weaker resistance to corn rootworm has led to yield losses in silage corn.

Getting to the root of corn rootworm

How alarmed should you be about the threat of corn rootworm due to the expansion of continuous corn acres?

Reading Time: 6 minutes For a large percentage of growers in Eastern Canada, corn production isn’t just one crop in the rotation, it’s the main crop in that rotation. For others — mostly livestock producers — it’s the only crop. That dominance is creating concerns as the incidence of resistance of corn rootworm becomes a more-pressing issue. Even so, […] Read more

The black spots of tar spot may look like alternaria or insect droppings but they cannot be removed from the leaf.

Tracking tar spot in Ontario

Scouting is the foundation for managing this challenging new disease

Reading Time: 7 minutes In case you haven’t heard, tar spot in corn is finally part of the landscape in Ontario. Tar spot been plastered across the U.S. farm media for the past three years. Advisors, researchers and extension personnel in Ontario have been saying it’s inevitable that, given the diseases’s ease of transmission and rapid spread in the […] Read more


Plot trials that show the difference in wheat stands with 100 per cent urea versus 80 per cent using ANVOL.

New in nitrogen stabilizers

Farm options for N stabilizers are expanding with two new products

Reading Time: 5 minutes [UPDATED: Feb. 3, 2021] Fertilizers are as much a part of spring on the farm as variety selection and weed control. It’s well understood that cereals, corn and canola respond to early season fertilizer applications, and there’s a growing body of research that soybeans do too. Importantly, there’s also more evidence that the nutrients going […] Read more

“The 2020 growing season turned out to be a fantastic soybean year for the northeast.” – David Schill, Earlton, Ont. grower.

Home is where there’s land to farm

The Schill family has set down new roots in Ontario’s Temiskaming region —and they’re glad they did

Reading Time: 6 minutes Farming takes an uncommon amount of willpower and commitment to make things work despite the many uncertainties that farmers everywhere know all too well. It’s a skill that’s groomed in each new generation as it comes along, and it’s often tied to the peculiarities of the same tract of land that’s been in the family, […] Read more


Getting ready for the season’s research plots.

The challenge of even crop emergence

It’s a frequent subject but it’s also a source of conflict for many corn growers

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the days before the COVID-19 pandemic, talk during winter meetings and even well into spring centred on three key discussion points with corn: plant when the ground is fit, plant to moisture and pay attention to the critical weed-free period. Each comes under the heading of “giving your corn crop the best start,” because […] Read more

A field on the Van Arkel farm being readied for next year’s Living Labs (AAFC) trials.

On-farm science

There’s undeniable value in collaborative on-farm research, with gains for both growers and researchers

Reading Time: 8 minutes Laurent “Woody” Van Arkel won’t deny it — he wants to know more about his soils, his crops and the interactions with fertilizers and manure and cover crops. And he tries hard to keep learning, working not only with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) but also with a master’s student […] Read more


Yu Wang, a post-doctoral researcher (left), and Dr. Stephen Long, professor at University of Illinois, make up part of a team studying the effects of light quality on yield in soybeans.

Bringing soybeans into a more favourable light

Illinois researchers investigate transitory shadows to brighten soybean yields

Reading Time: 4 minutes One phrase often heard when the talk turns to getting more bushels out of a crop is the advice to “control the controllable.” Speakers making presentations use the term as a call for growers to streamline their focus on a select number of management practices. Factors such as planting depth, row width, weed, disease and […] Read more

Most of the soy food products that consumers purchase now can be made from GMO or non-GMO soybeans.

Will more GMO soybeans be planted in 2021?

Market demands for soybeans are changing, as are consumer preferences

Reading Time: 6 minutes Any time there’s an outlook for lower commodity prices, the question comes up: “What would I plant instead?” On many farms, that’s when the non-GMO side of the soybean sector gets a fresh look. But one thing doesn’t change. Planting non-GMO food-grade or identity preserved (IP) still means having to balance the positives and negatives. […] Read more