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Ontario planting much further along

Planting of all crops is much further along than last week, although the general comments about slow progress on fine textured soils are still applicable. Regions with clay soils are dry on top but gummy below, so delays continue. There is rain in the forecast for much of southern Ontario so further delays are a possibility.

Does cover crop radish supply nitrogen to corn?

Radish is known to benefit water quality by taking up nitrogen, in the form of nitrates, from the soil. Matt Ruark of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and colleagues wanted to know more about the effect of this nitrate uptake in the following growing season.

Make alfalfa weevil and cereal leaf beetle scouting a priority

First cut took place on most of the forage acres in southern Ontario. Though this is an effective way to manage alfalfa weevil, this year the larvae were quite small at the time of cutting.
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BMPs for variable rate planting

Precision mapping technology is increasingly user-friendly. In fact, Aaron Breimer, general manager of precision agriculture consulting firm Veritas Farm Business Management, says some precision map-writing software is so simple a producer can segment zones or draw a boundary around a field with little more than the click of a mouse. The challenge is that the maps are only as accurate as the information used to create them. » Read more
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Understanding plant communication is key to improving weed tolerance

A team of University of Guelph researchers at the cutting edge of discovering how plants communicate with one another has proven the stress of “seeing” weed competition causes a plant to significantly change growth patterns and drop yield. » Read more

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