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Tar spot continues to loom on Ontario’s doorstep

The latest OMAFRA field crop report features information on tar spot identification. While the disease has not been found in Canada or Ontario yet, it can be found just across the border in Michigan corn fields.

Canadian Pacific announces record-breaking grain haul

Canadian Pacific (CP) recently announced it hauled more Canadian grain and grain products in the 2019-2020 crop production year than any other in its 139-year history, totalling more than 29 million metric tonnes.

New seed treatment for canola and soybean protects against blackleg, SDS

Saltro, a new seed treatment from Syngenta Canada, was recently registered against airborne blackleg infection at the cotyledon stage and early season soybean sudden death syndrome.
Inputs: The Podcast 

Monitoring and managing disease risks

While there are indicators that help predict disease prevalence in a growing season, the many factors that influence crop disease risk and severity keep farmers, agronomists and pathologists on their toes.

2020 has been a wet year for many on the Prairies, but this has less of an effect on crop disease than you may expect, according to Kelly Turkington, a plant pathologist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lacombe, Alberta. Turkington explains why infection levels vary by year, a variety of management methods, and the importance of pathologists in determining disease prevalence and severity. >> Listen Now
Featured News 

Keeping resistance genes in the field

With the steady increase in blackleg incidence since 2010, shortening canola rotations and over-reliance on the same resistance genes have put heavy selection pressure on pathogen populations in Western Canada. Researchers on the Prairies advise farmers to mix up their resistance genes to delay resistance breakdown, and are also on the hunt for new and novel resistance genes. » Learn more

Biological control of diamondback moth

Diamondback moth is a canola pest that can be a challenge to manage and control in outbreak years. Researchers at the University of Alberta are working to develop a better understanding of biological control – natural predators and parasitoids – of diamondback moth. Understanding the biocontrol these predators provide in the field shows their economic and environmental benefits for farmers. » Learn more
AUGUST 2019  

Ontario’s winter wheat harvest good despite slow start

This year’s winter wheat harvest is a “pleasant surprise” for many Ontario growers, considering all the stresses the crop had to endure. » Read more

Government launches Canada’s first Living Lab in P.E.I.

This will be Canada’s first agricultural Living Lab designed to benefit farmers by enhancing soil health, water quality and crop productivity on the Island. » Read more

Peak season for insect pressure in Ontario

It’s peak season for pests, such as western bean cutworm, corn rootworm, corn earworm, and Japanese beetles, according to OMAFRA. » Read more