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Farming in Ontario’s Near North boosts the need for the Lamframboise family to work together and bring a full breadth of skillsets to the job, as discussed in story. (Left to right: Kim, Tori, Oscar, Denise, Roland, Scott, Melissa, and Lee with Levi.)

Farm the north country

Just ask Lee Laframboise. Ontario’s Near North can be a great place to farm

Spend a few minutes talking to Lee Laframboise about where he farms and it quickly becomes apparent that he’s right where he wants to be. That’s not rare among farmers. Most have a passion not just for farming but for their particular chunk of the planet, the surrounding landscape and the people who make up […] Read more

Gibberellins promote cell elongation, which can affect shoots, stems and leaves, increasing the intermodal lengths.

Higher corn yields on the way

Plant growth regulators are opening the door to unheard of yields

Plant science and breeding technologies have been at the forefront of the last century’s new yield plateaus, particularly in corn. First was the development of hybrid seed production along with research that led to an understanding of fertilizer and then weed control. Most recently, biotech innovations have provided enhanced pest and weed management opportunities. Amidst […] Read more


After more than 20 years of managing ECB, western bean cutworm has developed resistance.

20 years of Bt corn hybrids

Growers are armed with more powerful, more precise tools than ever in history — but the war on corn pests is far from over

In any discussion of agricultural biotechnology, Bt corn hybrids shine as a huge success. Launched in 1996 in the U.S. and Canada, their 20-plus years in eastern Canadian production are worth celebrating for their unparalleled control of European corn borer (ECB). The technology has performed precisely as designed — without the development of the resistance […] Read more

Using an RG 1300 C allows a grower to apply urea while seeding a cover crop into standing corn.

New from old

Adapting old machines to precision ag is possible after all

When it comes to reusing, recycling or refashioning, farmers have always been the best. But mention “precision ag” and the feeling is that everything has to be expensive and brand shining new. Seldom does it seem possible to take something that’s already on the farm and rework it into something to use today. What if […] Read more


The Wintex 2000 is popular in Western Canada but is now being replaced by Wintex 3000 units.

Advanced soil sampling

It’s time to get excited about soil testing again… seriously!

In many ways, a soil test represents an aspect of farming that is necessary yet unfairly and inaccurately viewed with about as much anticipation as filing an income tax return. Despite the fact that soil tests provide invaluable information and a potential road map for adding value to future crop plans, there isn’t an overall […] Read more

The easiest measure of success in row crop production comes at the combine — a matter of quantity versus quality.

The protein advantage

In wheat, it can still pay to shoot for a protein-building combination of management, timing and a little luck

Among the mental pictures we associate with wheat, one of the more tantalizing depicts the healthy goodness of a basket of loaves of bread and different types of buns. Although it’s not the traditional vision of acres of wheat ripening in the sun, it’s still what the exercise is all about, producing top-quality food for […] Read more


Pearce: Multiple modes of action an emerging reality for fungicides

As growers face more challenges from weeds, diseases and insects, many researchers, agronomists, advisers and farmers have shifted thinking from “control” of pests to “managing” them. Some of this trend is attributable to single-mode-of-action products and a reliance on one or two chemistries or technologies — but the adaptability of weed, disease and insect species […] Read more

McEachren tried different seeding rates on his test field: 140,000 as an average with 175,000 and 115,000 the extremes.

Relay cropping

The goal for Ontario’s Dave McEachren is three crops in two years

For the 2018 growing season, Dave McEachren decided to revisit the past with something old and something new. A dozen years ago, he had tried relay cropping after hearing about it and reading the research that had been done on it at Ohio State University. The practice involves planting soybeans into a wheat crop as […] Read more


McCain’s one-year multi-species blend contains 13 species, including spring oats, balansa clover, Austrian winter peas and sunflower.

2 covers — 25 species

P.E.I. potato growers are exploring diverse approaches to solve their low organic matter levels with cover crops

Soil organic matter has become a popular topic of discussion in the past year. In Ontario, a report from late 2016 indicated soil organic matter (SOM) levels in many parts of the province are at 15-year lows, coinciding with increasing interest in the use of cover crops, reduced- or no-till management and longer rotations in […] Read more

Growers who are considering multi-species cover crops should determine their specific goals: Is it to scavenge nutrients, help cycle them from subsoil or store them for future use?

Is it time you get started with a cover crop?

Cover crops may not be as simple as we used to think. But they aren’t that complex either

The funny thing about implementing change is that it’s possible to over-think a situation and become mired in the process of simply getting started. A person becomes so concerned with the challenges of the “how” that they begin to lose sight of the value of the “why.” In other words, getting started can be the […] Read more