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OMAFRA: Get the most from available water

Water is the most important limiting input for crop production, but we have limited control on how much water we get and when. OMAFRA outlines some of the ways water is lost from the soil and how to prevent them.

Bio-strip tillage: a new variant?

And now for something a little different: OMAFRA’s Ian McDonald spoke with two farmers in Lucknow, Ont., who are trying a tillage variant involving cover cropping in strips with different crop mixes.

Anvol nitrogen stabilizer now available in Canada

The new nitrogen stabilizer from Koch Agronomic services includes Duromide – an active ingredient that combines with NBPT to extend nitrogen protection from loss through ammonia volatilization.
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Featured News 

4R nitrogen management for wheat and canola

A series of 4R (right source, rate, time and place) nitrogen fertilization trials was conducted at the Indian Head Agricultural Research Foundation in Saskatchewan in 2017-19. The aim was to demonstrate advantages and disadvantages of various methods to help farmers make informed decisions. Side-banding nitrogen at seeding time remains best at getting the nutrient into the soil for crop uptake, and seeing how other application methods work in comparison provides proof. » Learn more

Suppressing sclerotinia under irrigation

Managing sclerotinia on irrigated land is difficult, as over 50 per cent of the crops grown can host the disease. The push to pay off irrigation costs often means that sclerotinia-susceptible crops are grown without a break in the rotation. That’s where a biological control product like Contans WG, which prevents infected sclerotia from germinating, comes in, says Gary Kruger, Sask Ag irrigation agrologist. » Learn more
Inputs: The Podcast 

Cover crops: Making the right decisions for your fields

Cover crops can be a beneficial practice but they require planning and knowledge to be successful. In this episode, Kris McNaughton from the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus, along with Yvonne Lawley and Callum Morrison from the University of Manitoba, chat with associate editor Alex Barnard about making good cover crop decisions for your farm. » Learn More

Ontario’s delayed soybean harvest threatens incoming winter wheat crop

It is unlikely that soybeans will be ready for harvest in time for producers to plant winter wheat during the optimal planting dates. » Read more

EPA approves fungicide delivered by bees

A Canadian company received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a biocontrol product applied to crops by bees. » Read more

Collection program begins for old, unwanted pesticides

Cleanfarms, a Canadian non-profit organization that manages farm waste, will collect unwanted pesticides and obsolete livestock/equine medications. » Read more