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OMAFRA crop report for April 30

The end-of-April crop report released by Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is cause for cautious optimism, with talk of exceptional soil conditions and early seeding completion.

CFA seeks emergency funding for agriculture sector

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has asked the federal government for $2.6 billion in emergency funding to help maintain food security as farmers and the agriculture industry cope with the impacts of COVID-19.

Spring cereals and nitrogen applications: OMAFRA

Nitrogen applications remain a component of nutrient management for many spring cereal growers. As planting in Ontario is now underway, OMAFRA’s update for nitrogen rates is well-timed.
Inputs: The Top Crop Manager podcast 
Inputs Podcast

Insect pest management with Tyler Wist and John Gavloski

In the fourth episode of our Plant Health Summit Series, Tyler Wist, a field crop entomologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, and John Gavloski, an entomologist with Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development, discuss beneficial insects and neonicotinoids with Top Crop Manager's Stephanie Gordon and Alex Barnard. >> Listen Now
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Advances in extra-early soybeans

Growers in Quebec, northern Ontario, the Maritimes and the Prairies are interested in growing soybean, but the shorter growing season requires varieties with very early maturity. Louise O’Donoughue of CÉROM in Quebec has focused on developing extra early soybean varieties for the past decade, and in examining the genes responsible for early maturity has developed around 10 early maturing varieties with commercial potential. » Learn more

Does feed barley really require more N than malt?

Traditional wisdom says to apply more nitrogen (N) to feed barley than malt, but this is not borne out by recent studies. A three-year study that wrapped up last year was conducted at several sites across Saskatchewan, examining response to different rates of N fertilizer from high-yielding CDC Austenson feed barley and three malt barley varieties, resulting in 18 site years of data. » Learn more

Wet weather delays seeding in Ontario

Wet, cool conditions in April and May 2019 delayed harvest of winter crops and seeding of spring crops. » Learn more

Sollio Agriculture invests $4.2 million in Truro, N.S.

A new grain elevator and distribution centre were constructed in Truro thanks to $4.2 million investment from Sollio Agriculture. » Learn more

Online tool for growers expands to fight fungicide resistance

CropLife Canada’s resistance management website now includes fungicide best management information to help growers prevent resistance development. » Learn more