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Insect pests out to play in Ontario: crop report

The OMAFRA field crop report for the first week of June indicates that replanting poorly established stands and insect pests are top of mind, but many crops are maturing well.

Cleanfarms’ 2019 recovery figures show improved recycling commitment from farmers

The numbers are up for recycling of agricultural plastics and other non-organic waste products across Canada, Cleanfarms says; 5.5-million pesticide and fertilizer jugs (<23 litres) were collected, among other waste.

N-fixing bacteria for corn now registered in Canada

Envita is a nitrogen-fixing bacteria that works from within the plant cell to fix N from the air, and is now available as an in-furrow or foliar application for Canadian farmers to use on their corn crops.
AgAnnex Talks 

IWCA series: Karen Schwean-Lardner

Dr. Karen Schwean-Lardner, associate professor with the University of Saskatchewan’s department of animal and poultry science, is one of the most highly regarded poultry scientists worldwide. Canadian Poultry editor Brett Ruffell chats with her in this episode of AgAnnex Talks, the first in our series featuring six Influential Women in Canadian Agriculture, a program created by the agriculture brand teams at Annex Business Media, designed to honour women making a difference in Canada’s ag industry. >> Listen Now
Featured News 

New (old?) insect threats and the “old guard” of beneficial insects

Insect pests can be a real nuisance when they make a meal out of your crops. But not all insects are bad news. Tyler Wist, research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Saskatoon, breaks down how beneficial insects, categorized as predators and parasitoids, operate and provide biological control within a field. While the insects discussed are specific to the Prairies, beneficial insects are present across Canada. » Learn more

Investigating PGRs

With the recent registration of Manipulator on oats and barley, plant growth regulators (PGRs) are a hot topic. PGRs can be a life-saver for lodging-prone wheat, oat and barley, but the factors that influence the choice to use PGRs are diverse, and there’s no one answer that fits all conditions. Sheri Strydhorst, crop research scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, explains how and when to use PGRs, and how to decide if they’re worth it. » Learn more

Ontario launches online tool to renew Environmental Farm Plans

The new tool is a more user-friendly and convenient way to update EFPs. » Read more

Planting progress: Break in weather provides relief for Ontario

After weeks of wet weather, Ontario farmers catch a break, allowing for significant planting progress. » Read more

New financial benchmarking report allows farmers to gauge their performance

The new report will give farmers a better sense of their operation’s performance in their industry. » Read more