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An NDVI image of a corn crop that indicates side-dress nitrogen effects on corn maturity.

Field imagery much more just a pretty picture

Overhead imagery can transform how you farm, but it’s essential to choose the right technology — and commit to it

Reading Time: 8 minutes Precision agriculture has had a rough go since it was first conceptualized in the mid-1990s with the advent of the yield monitor. At that point, “variable rate” became part of agriculture’s vocabulary, followed by zone mapping, aerial imagery and a growing list of technologies now available to growers. Yet there’s still reluctance to rely too […] Read more

Yield remains the primary focus in breeding, but other quality parameters, like standability, are also important.

Public cereal crop breeding rebounds

With eight public breeders at work in Eastern Canada, look for more cereals in your future

Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s so much to like about cereals in Eastern Canada, whether you’re talking winter or spring wheat, oats, barley or even rye. They’re great for the soil, with stubble and roots that help improve soil organic matter levels and boost yields in subsequent corn and soybean crops (especially winter wheat), and there are benefits for […] Read more


Your 2020 agricultural calendar of winter events

The first 90 days offer impressive opportunities for new insights, new technologies and new points of view

Reading Time: 6 minutes The one thing we can know for sure as we enter this new decade is that it will be vital to get a good start on 2020. So maybe it’s not so bad that popular culture sees New Year’s as a time for making resolutions and pledges. The seed and the fertilizer may be ordered […] Read more

The traditional choice for cover crops has been red clover underseeded to winter wheat, but that’s changing.

Re-setting the mind-set on cover crops

Research is shining new light on when — and why — to make cover crops part of your routine field management

Reading Time: 8 minutes Much of what is known about specific practices in agriculture has been constructed then modified and sometimes deconstructed altogether. It’s an ongoing process that applies to virtually every cropping practice, from the use of moldboard plows to no till and from planting depth to fertility rates. Cover crops have been studied extensively across many parts […] Read more


The drive is on to grow canola’s potential, even in southern Ontario’s hot and humid climate.

Growing canola in Canada’s east

Can canola be a southern Ontario crop too? The answer seems stuck at ‘Yes, but ...’

Reading Time: 5 minutes When talk to turns to “alternative crops,” there are several familiar options that come up in the conversation: oats, barley, dry (edible) beans, flax or rye are frequent mentions. But canola is often dismissed except in Ontario’s Near North region or at the very least, the northern tier of southern Ontario — northern Wellington, Dufferin […] Read more

A small change in temperature could cause more diseases and affect yields in more Canadian crops.

A new horizon for genome editing of crops

The goal is to enhance food security and environmental sustainability — everywhere

Reading Time: 5 minutes In the realm of food production, most people are unaware of just how far agriculture has come. Consider how many plants used for food thousands of years ago are still being used today, but are virtually unrecognizable. By the mid-1900s, selective breeding had become more scientific than ever, but it still required upwards of 15 […] Read more


There’s more to concerns about glyphosate beyond resistant weed species in soybeans.

The future for glyphosate

The herbicide’s outlook is in question, but its value is undeniable

Reading Time: 7 minutes Glyphosate is a world of contrasts. For growers, it’s the most widely used herbicide, certainly in North America and possibly the world. It is safe, effective, has been cost-efficient for more than 20 years and is known as “a one-in-100-year molecule” that has revolutionized modern agriculture. Glyphosate’s safety and long-term efficacy has been the subject […] Read more

Statistics from the SCN Coalition indicate SCN resistance in Ontario fields is breaking down.

Soybean cyst nematode isn’t getting better

The latest numbers confirm what we already feared

Reading Time: 4 minutes How much more can be said about soybean cyst nematode that hasn’t been discussed or debated already? It the worst yield-robbing disease in soybeans. Its key resistance gene, PI 88788, has broken down both in Canada and across the U.S. Midwest. Once it is in your soil, there is no means of removing it, so […] Read more


The trouble with identifying waterhemp in the field is that growers often dismiss it as one of the other pigweed species.

The latest on waterhemp

Incredibly, the weed is already resistant to four modes of action in Ontario, with more in danger

Reading Time: 6 minutes In U.S. farm media circles, it seems that every week there’s another report, another bulletin, another research paper about waterhemp. Often it’s a confirmation of another find in a midwest county or state. More recently, reports indicate the weed is resistant to seven different modes of action with the latest — Group 15 herbicides — […] Read more

As much as companies have been communicating on stewardship, there are still issues in using newer technologies.

Are crop trait technologies simplifying your life, or complicating it?

Deciding how to use the technologies can turn into more of a challenge than deciding which of them to use

Reading Time: 6 minutes The arrival of a new herbicide-resistant technology is often greeted as an opportunity for growers and the industry. That isn’t really new. Roughly 30 years ago, Group 2 herbicides solved the problem of atrazine resistance, then LibertyLink and Roundup Ready technologies enabled growers to push beyond Group 2 resistance. Now that Xtend and Enlist systems […] Read more