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FCC offers support to farmers in Ontario and Quebec

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is offering support to customers in parts of eastern Ontario and western Quebec facing financial hardship as a result of excessive moisture during this year’s growing season.

Leaf sensors can tell farmers when crops need to be watered

Plant-based sensors that measure the thickness and electrical capacitance of leaves show great promise for telling farmers when to activate their irrigation systems, preventing both water waste and parched plants, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Succession success: Dusty Zamecnick of EZ Grow Farms

Before going off to university, Dusty Zamecnick was fed the typical line many farm kids hear: The farm will be here for you. “But that’s a weird [concept] to think about because if you try something different and it doesn’t work out, then it’s: ‘I guess I’ll go back to the farm.’ I hate that [negative] connotation, because what [I’m] doing now, I can’t ever consider that a fall back.”
Current Issue 
Feature 1

Interseeding cover crops into corn

In Ontario, interseeding a cover crop into corn is growing in popularity as a way to improve soil quality in a corn-soybean rotation. But just how much cover crop biomass is likely to be produced? How much of an impact will it have on soil quality? And what are the effects on corn and soybean yields? Researchers are putting some numbers to this practice to see how much of a benefit growers might expect. » Read more...
Feature 2

Perennial cereals: a buffer zone compromise

Until now, the gap between agricultural producers and those who blame those producers for eutrophication has seemed unbridgeable. Farmers argue they have a right to earn a livelihood from their land. Environmentalists – and, increasingly, politicians and laypeople too – argue water quality and the good of all must override farmers’ land use needs. Now, plant breeders are working on developing new perennial cereal crops that may meet the requirements of both sides. » Read more...

Compaction Action Day

September 7
Location: Arthur, Ont.
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Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

September 12-14
Location: Woodstock, Ont.
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The Dirt on Phosphorus Demo and Tour Day

September 15
Location:Wingham, Ont.
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