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Farmers expect to plant more wheat, corn and oats in 2020

Statistics Canada has released information for field crop acreage as of the end of March 2020. Wheat, corn for grain and oat acreage are higher than 2019, while canola, soybeans, barley and pulse crops are lower.

Principal field crop stocks as of March 31, 2020

The end-of-March Statistics Canada data shows that wheat, barley and oat stocks are up, likely due to on-farm stocks, while canola, soybean, corn for grain and pulse crop stocks have dipped.

Is it too cold to plant soybeans?

May snow and subzero temperatures make planting timing a high risk task. Horst Bohner, OMAFRA soybean specialist, offers some tips on whether to wait out the cold or plant now.
AgAnnex Talks 
AgAnnex Talks

Dealing with labour in Canadian agriculture

Labour shortages and misconceptions about farm work are some of the issues faced by Canadian agricultural producers. Stuart Person, senior vice president of agriculture with MNP, discusses labour challenges and hiring best practices. Deb Campbell, a crop advisor in Ontario, discusses the gap in perception on what farm work is today, and Anneke Stickney shares her poultry operation’s experience with finding good help. Finally, Glen Lucas with the B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association provides insight to the impact of temporary foreign workers in the sector. >> Listen Now
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Combatting clubroot in Ontario

A Canada-wide clubroot project aims to help canola growers manage the disease, with promising results so far. Mary Ruth McDonald, leader of the Ontario research group investigating clubroot management, works closely with University of Alberta and AAFC Saskatoon researchers, identifying the importance of grass cover crops, crop rotation, and other management strategies. » Learn more

A beneficial parasite

Fusarium head blight is a major concern for cereal growers, but University of Saskatchewan associate professor Vladimir Vujanovic has discovered a fungal parasite, or “mycoparasite,” that attacks both Fusarium and the toxins it creates. After two decades of research, Vujanovic found the mycoparasite in Saskatchewan wheat fields, and he is now working towards commercializing it as a biocontrol product. » Learn more

New tool will help Ontario corn growers forecast DON risk

The Grain Farmers of Ontario have created a tool to forecast the risk of high concentrations of deoxynivalenol in corn crops. » Learn more

What Bt corn products and traits are available in Canada for 2019

OMAFRA has put together a resource of all the Bt corn products and traits available in Canada as of May 2019. » Learn more

Lack of heat delays Ontario seeding progress

On-going lack of heat and sunshine were the biggest culprits in delaying seeding progress in Ontario. » Learn more