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Although it has yet to be confirmed in Ontario, Palmer amaranth is capable of rapid spread and should be treated as glyphosate resistant.

Recognize the threat of these invasive weeds

How big a problem can waterhemp and Palmer amaranth really be? Let’s not find out

Has everyone been crying wolf about waterhemp? After all, haven’t we been hearing warnings in southern Ontario about the weed for the past 15 years, and who has lost a bushel? Well, it was actually 17 years ago — 2002 — when the species was first confirmed in Lambton County, and the good news is […] Read more

Several factors relating to water quality can affect product performance in the field, often to the detriment of the crop.

Keep an eye on water quality

Water can play havoc with spray performance, especially with the rise in tank mixing

The 2019 growing season is now within sight and with it, another season’s worth of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide applications. Given the challenges that can arise with sprayers and their products, it’s worth revisiting the subject of water quality and the potential impact of factors such as temperature, hardness and pH on product performance. With […] Read more


The active ingredient in Sefina — afidopyropen — interferes with an aphid’s orientation and balance, preventing them from feeding on soybean leaves.

A new insecticide for soybean aphids

Sefina’s control of soybean aphids differs from other products

Much anticipation always arrives with each new growing season. Successes are kept in perspective while past challenges are minimized, and the promise of a fresh start is enticing, if not a small source of anxiety. It’s much the same for a product launch: there’s the potential to help growers enhance their crop production, whether it’s […] Read more

“If we stay together as a unit and focus on that common vision of where we can get to, we will eventually get there,” says Brett Israel, here with grandfather Carl and father Jamie.

Definitely the road less travelled

Taking to organic in crops and in hogs takes trust, vision and teamwork

Brett Israel is looked upon as a young, entrepreneurial producer with one eye firmly fixed on the road ahead, while honouring and respecting those who have come before him. It can be a bit of a tightrope walk for Israel, whose family has been farming on the same concession in Wellington County for six generations. […] Read more


Mixing products in the wrong order can create serious problems, particularly when time is a rare commodity.

‘My sprayer’s a mess’

In the new era of weed resistance, your risk of a plugged tank or boom is climbing

There may be no better phrase that symbolizes agriculture than “timing is everything.” Planting, fertilizing and harvesting are obvious fits, but the term also applies to pesticide applications, planter preparations and seed purchases. Another area where timing is important is in the mixing of chemicals, although some may argue that it’s more a matter of […] Read more

The yield bump from the derived lines has to be the result of backcrossing with Glycine tomentella, says Dr. Randall Nelson from the University of Illinois.

A new yield genetics

A distant soybean relative may open the door to even higher yields

For years, there’s been a concern that soybean breeding somehow lags behind that of corn, and that for some reason soybean breeders haven’t been working as hard to raise their yields as corn breeders. It’s a debate that arises primarily from comparisons of trend-line yields in corn versus soybeans in the past 30 years. And […] Read more


Sufficient amounts of dicamba remain in the sprayer tank and lines to cause damage (cupping) in soybean leaves, even after four serial rinses

Sharing the lessons learned on dicamba in soybeans

Misconceptions about the power of the technology remain, in spite of some harsh in-field realities

When Xtend soybeans were showcased at the 2015 Canada Outdoor Farm Show, there was great fanfare but also a considerable amount of caution accompanying the technology’s unveiling. Yes, it was the next in a series of herbicide-tolerant technologies, launched at a time of growing concern over glyphosate-tolerant weed species. It was believed that the newer […] Read more

“Sovereignty of food and resources will become more politically inter-twined with business.” – Neil Hemingway, BroadGrain Commodities

China trade

Will the friction between China and Donald Trump create real opportunities for Canadian soybean growers?

In today’s world, the news headlines that we read in the morning can be turned on their head that afternoon, which is why being able to differentiate what is really newsworthy from what’s just background noise is becoming a critical success factor for farmers. On the trade front, ongoing tensions between the U.S. and China […] Read more


“You can only grow so many bushels of corn in a stressed year and that number depends largely on your soil.”

What’s good about soil?

Soil health indicators often relate to properties that you can’t see

We’re planting more cover crops, we’ve got a heightened focus on soil organic matter levels, and now we’re adopting what’s thought to be a relatively new term: soil health indicators. They’re each part of a wave that’s been building, reflecting a renewed interest in the soil as the basis for all crop production. “It’s been […] Read more

Earthworms and their castings are one of the more visible soil health indicators.

Precision ‘agronomy’

Precision ag is rapidly evolving, with an emerging suite of benefits for producers

Has any segment of agri-food changed as much in the past 10 years as precision ag? What is certain is that the science’s power to extrapolate data points, generate better maps, recommend specific courses of action and lead growers to higher revenues is unparalleled. The challenge though is still the same: Where to start? For […] Read more