GFM Network News


Cattle are an important part of the rotation on Agripastos Farm.

Conservation tillage driving Brazil’s corn and soybean explosion

No-till farm group says no-till is the key to long-term sustainable agriculture

Reading Time: 4 minutes Crop production in Brazil has made dramatic gains in recent decades — and there’s potential for plenty more, say advocates of no till and conservation tillage in the country. In fact, members of the Brazilian Federation of No-Till Farming say no till is the key to achieving a long-term sustainable agriculture without additional deforestation. Soybean […] Read more

Managing for higher yield often entails higher plant densities and fertility as well as timely use of fungicides.

Risk versus reward in the quest for higher corn yields

More quality criteria are steadily creeping into the conversation on corn

Reading Time: 5 minutes Farming is known for its learning moments, and one key lesson to come out of the 2018 growing season was that the chase for higher yields doesn’t come without risks or hazards. Or, as is said with maybe equal justification, no good deed goes unpunished. The past 10 years have seen incredible growth in corn […] Read more


Ontario farmers grow corn acres, and a successful livelihood

Amos family in Ontario’s extreme northwest a good example of the pioneering spirit

Reading Time: 6 minutes In 1990, nearly 30 years ago, Amos Brielmann moved his family from Germany to the Rainy River District between Fort Frances and the Manitoba border. They settled on a farm near Pinewood, first working on a beef cattle operation just north of the village. Slowly, they began buying the farm and maintaining the herd and […] Read more

Tar spot infection in a field last September in Illinois, where symptoms appeared late in the season.

Tar spot comes to corn

First identified in the U.S. in 2015, there is so much to learn about tar spot and its impact

Reading Time: 6 minutes The alarm bells were ringing. In just one year, Asian soybean rust could move in and devastate huge tracts of beans. Palmer amaranth swept north from the mid-south in 2010 to Michigan in only two years. It’s not that crop pathologists and weed specialists were trying to alarm growers as much as make them aware […] Read more


“When (farmers) do the economics, corn adds a very viable income to their operation.” – Doug Alderman, Pride Seeds.

The next corn battle

The boom in corn acres is great news for the West. But how much will it hurt growers in the East?

Reading Time: 6 minutes For years, there’s been one great truth in Canadian agriculture. East is East, and West is West. So it’s little surprise there’s a sense of worry about the growth of “eastern” crops, especially corn and soybeans, in the West, and the way that markets and processors may adapt to the new geography of those crops. […] Read more

Acres of corn are a more common sight right across Western Canada these days.

Taking the corn plunge in the West — gradually

Experienced farmers on the Prairies say to start by planning how you’ll dry your trial corn crop. Then, everything else will fall in place

Reading Time: 5 minutes Access to new shorter-season genetics means many Prairie farmers would like to give corn a try, but they’re put off by the considerable upfront costs for equipment such as planters, combine headers, grain dryers and additional storage. For those who want to start with a trial run, however, there are options such as sharing equipment […] Read more


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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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

Reading Time: 5 minutes 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


With so much volatility in the market, 2018 could be a great year to place standing pricing orders with your elevator.

A strategy for uncertain corn markets

Market fundamentals are excellent, and European sales will surely help. But what will Mr. Trump do next?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Growing corn can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Over the years we have seen amazing genetic improvements from the hybrid corn that we grow in our fields. Then, with planting taking place in late April and early May in Ontario and Quebec, it takes almost no time before the corn is poking through the […] Read more

Lower basis may be a short-term challenge but interest rates can’t rise out of sync with the global economy.

Ready for the NEW cost of production?

It's a bit more complex, but a lot more accurate

Reading Time: 6 minutes Calculating your farm’s cost of production (CoP) has been a focus of discussion for more than 20 years. According to some in the agri-food industry, it’s been embraced by more growers in the past 10 years, particularly with cyclically low commodity prices, comparatively higher land costs, plus seed and technology costs and the need to […] Read more