OMAFRA: 2022 forage season recap and upcoming webinars
November 15, 2022 By Top Crop Manager
How was the 2022 growing season for forage crops in Ontario? According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA’s) Field Crop News team, it was overall favourable, though not without its challenges.
Many of the hay crops planted in the fall of 2021 grew significantly more than expected, creating a higher risk of smothering alfalfa where it was grown with grasses. High rainfall and prolonged wet soils in the fall resulted in high levels of winterkill in hay crops in several counties in southern Ontario.
Poor weather (wet or dry), a derecho, high fertilizer costs and alfalfa weevil provided a rough start for many forage crops, with different issues affecting different areas to varying degrees.