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August 13, 2019

Peak season for insect pressure in Ontario

It is peak season for such pests as western bean cutworm, corn rootworm, corn earworm and Japanese beetles. The OMAFRA field team provides a breakdown on each pest, how to scout for them, and what factors to consider when deciding to spray.

Report: 47 per cent of farm employers cannot fill their labour needs

In a survey of farm employers, from the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council, more than 47 per cent of respondents said they cannot not fill their labour needs. Across the sector, more than one in three responded they receive zero Canadian applicants when they post an available job.

Government funds four projects promoting sustainability in agriculture

The Canadian government will invest up to $600,000 for four new sustainability projects. Recipients include a company testing drone-based technology using artificial intelligence for autonomous crop protection and a manufacturer of a bioplastic ideal for fruit and vegetable containers.
Photo Contest

Top Crop Manager's 2019 Cover Photo Contest

With the spotlight on agriculture in the news, Top Crop Manager wants to share a different perspective: yours. For the duration of the season, we want to see your field views. What does being a part of Canadian agriculture look like to you?

The winner will be featured on the cover of our national December issue. Photos will be accepted until October 15, 2019. » Learn more
Featured News 
Feature 1

Operation Pollinator on Ontario Farms

A collaborative on-farm program, where growers convert lower productivity areas on their farms into bee and butterfly havens, is growing in popularity. The program’s goal is to establish a pollinator-friendly habitat and to study and learn from these sites. Since launching in Ontario, producers have seen many direct and indirect benefits. » Learn more
Feature 2

RNAi may offer a new mode of action against corn rootworm

In field crops, RNAi-based biocontrols are still years from being registered for Canadian producers. But for some pests, like corn rootworm, a few years is not too long to wait for another tool in the toolbox. Corn rootworm has a history of being resistant to almost everything because of their sheer numbers, but RNAi can provide a novel mode of action against the pest. » Learn more