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Corn

Establish corn growing resolutions for 2020

Slideshow: Follow these seven resolutions to increase corn yields and profits. Did you make any corn growing resolutions this year? Adam Spelhaug, lead agronomist with Peterson Farms Seed, a regional seed company headquartered in Prosper, N.D.; and Matt Caron, sales agronomist for South Dakota for Legend Seed, a regional seed company headquartered in De Smet, […]

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Corn

Why agronomists preach uniform corn emergence

If you want 30,000 plants per acre, your seeding rate is 32,000 seeds per acre and you achieve 30,000 plants per acre, you’ve met your goal, right? Joe Rollin, a regional manager for Precision Planting, says you shouldn’t be too quick to answer. There’s an even more important question, he believes. Did all your plants […]

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Crops

How to increase beneficial insects in arable crops

© Science Photo Library Leaving volunteers and native weeds in crop stubbles over winter will help encourage beneficial insects by providing shelter and forage when there is no standing crop. Sally-Ann Spence, entomologist and Wiltshire farmer says that although growers have been drawn down the route of using insecticides to control pests, when encouraged in […]

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Crops

Farmer Focus: I’ve lost 130ha of rented land after 30 years

© Alexandra Joseph Our farming business is in for a big shake-up. Two blocks of land that we have been renting for 30 years have recently been sold, and we will no longer be farming the majority of it after September. We looked into the possibility of buying some of it but, although the bank […]

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Livestock

McDonald’s says it remains committed to Canadian ranchers while piloting plant-based options

For a company that proclaims its loyalty to Canadian ranchers on the back and sides of its transport trucks, navigating a foray into the plant-based market is going to be somewhat tricky. McDonald’s marketing director Jean-Guillaume Bertola fully understands that the company has to strike a balance between adapting menus based on changing consumer preferences […]

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Crops

Tight rotations threaten management possibilities in Saskatchewan

Data collected between 2008 and 2015 by Saskatchewan Crop Insurance Corp suggests many farmers in the province are using tight rotations, or no rotation at all (coyly referred to as a “canola-snow” rotation). “The tight rotations that we are talking about — canola, wheat, canola, wheat — are in the northeast of the province and […]

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Farm

Lambton farm innovator recognized with Don Hill Legacy Award

  London ON – A simple solution to a pesky yield and disease problem has earned a Lambton County farmer the first-ever Don Hill Legacy Award.   Mark Lumley of Fairwind Farms in Sarnia received the award at the 2020 Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) annual meeting for an innovation that has made […]

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Farm

Wheat Growers Calls For End To Rail Blockades

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers say they are increasingly concerned over the blockades in Ontario and B.C. that are stopping rail traffic across Canada.   CN Rail announced that it will be forced to shut down significant parts of its Canadian network imminently unless the blockades on its rail lines are removed. A public statement […]

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Farm

Industry warns of empty shelves as CN rail blockade reaches ninth day

MONTREAL – Industry players are warning governments that shortages of groceries, propane, drinking water and other goods are on the horizon as a rail blockade by anti-pipeline protesters enters its ninth day.   Demonstrators set up a blockade on Canadian National Rail Co. tracks near Belleville, Ont., on Feb. 6 after RCMP officers enforced an […]

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Farm

Five Manitoba Commodity Groups Vote In Favour Of Amalgamation

Manitoba farmers have voted in favour of amalgamation.   All five commodity groups involved approved the special resolution presented at the special meetings held at CropConnect on February 12th & 13th.   The five Manitoba commodity groups involved in the merger are the National Sunflower Association of Canada (NSAC), Manitoba Corn Growers Association (MCGA), Winter […]