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Yield advantage holds up for soybeans

Resistant varieties yield more than susceptible ones when soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is in the soil, but until now, it wasn't clear whether that yield advantage held up at low SCN infestation rates.

Ontario distribution facility closing

Syngenta has announced it will close operations at its Cottam, Ont., distribution facility by no later than May 31. The company intends to sell and divest the site, which currently employs 11 people.

CFA outlines next policy framework

Leaders representing Canadian farm groups gathered in Ottawa last week for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture 2017 Annual Meeting and examined policy options to better position the industry for growth.
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Bio-char: A quick fix for taxed soil?

Modern crop production has a lesson or two to learn from the ancient Amazonians, including the benefits of using biochar to enrich infertile agricultural soils. Biochar, defined as charcoal produced from organic material, is used as a soil amendment to improve carbon capture and nutrient availability. It has been widely studied in tropical environments, but recently, it has also generated some research interest in the northern hemisphere. » Read more...
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Searching for drought-tolerant wheat

Drought-tolerant wheat is on the priority list, but don’t look for significant changes coming any faster than climate change. Pressed for how much change to expect – and how soon – Alireza Navabi, a wheat breeder at the University of Guelph, points to results with efforts to increase grain yield. “We think of a one per cent gain in yield over the last 50 or 60 years. Improvements in response to drought will be the same: slow. That’s how things work with plant breeding.” » Read more...

Central Ontario Agriculture Conference

March 3-4, 2017
Location: Barrie, Ont.
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National Farmers Union – Ontario Convention

March 3-5, 2017
Location: Ridgetown, Ont.
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London Farm Show

March 8-10
Location: London, Ont.
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Ottawa Valley Farm Show

March 14-16
Location: Ottawa
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