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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


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?

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

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


To Canadian farmers hoping for $6 corn again, I say, “Keep hoping,” but at the same time, always remember that hope is not a marketing plan.

What’s in store for corn markets in 2018?

For Canada’s corn growers, it is the best of times and the worst of times

There is no question that growing corn is a rewarding thing to do. Increases in productivity over the last several years have helped farmers boost yields across Canada as well as throughout the greater American Corn Belt. This has led to an abundance of corn on the ground almost everywhere, but with a corresponding drop […] Read more

“Most farmers I speak with want to reduce synthetic chemical inputs to their land.” – Dr. Russell Hynes, AAFC-Saskatoon and 
University of Saskatchewan

A ‘bio’ that works

Commercial use is still a couple of years away, but this bioherbicide is already raising eyebrows

When it comes to biopesticides, most researchers say that despite today’s limited selection of bio-based fungicides, insecticides and herbicides, the technology’s potential is extraordinary. Public and private scientists are especially excited by an “all natural” basis for developing new active ingredients. Since most of the elements for these biopesticides come from natural sources, they point […] Read more


Kim Jo Bliss credits her grandmother, Gladys Smith, with instilling the love of farming she carries with her today.

About the northwest

To this farmer, northwestern Ontario offers loads of advantages over the hustle of the southwest

Whether it’s through the longer days of spring and summer in northwestern Ontario or the darker nights that mark the passage of winter, Kim Jo Bliss puts a lot into every hour of every day. A full-time farmer, manager of the Emo Agricultural Research Station, a passionate advocate for farming, and a mentor for young […] Read more

Researcher Magda Rogalsky stands in an unfertilized check plot with a field of canola in the background. Studying the relationship between corn and canola, which is non-mycorrhizal, is part of the four-year Corn Agronomy Project.

Prairie corn: Agronomics and economics

A four-year project in Manitoba has some notable findings on tillage economics and the reliability of heat unit ratings

As Prairie farmers consider growing some of the shorter-season corn hybrids coming onto the market, they still have questions whether they should even risk trying them, and which hybrids have the best chance of success. After completing three years of the four-year Corn Agronomy Project, researchers are beginning to provide a few answers — and […] Read more


New in corn hybrids for Eastern Canada

2018 is bringing a host of new options for growers in the east

In the history books, 2017 will go down as a tale of two extremes. In parts of Eastern Canada, there was flooding while drought in the U.S. Great Plains reached north into Canada. And in between, growing conditions were anything up to and including perfect. So what’s in the cards for 2018? Few decisions are […] Read more

Calculating your break-even cost is as challenging as any field job, and according to agronomist Greg Stewart, it’s just as valuable.

Determining your true break even point

What market price do you need to break even? The answer depends not just on your costs, but your goals

Every winter, talk turns to production costs, with a focus on how to get your break-even price even lower. But what is your break-even? Most of us believe it’s a reasonably simple figure to calculate: just divide your yield by your expenses, including the cost of seed, fuel, fertilizer, herbicide and fungicide applications, a possible […] Read more