The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has released their field crop report for the end of April. Some highlights of this report include:
Corn: Planting began around April 24th and, due to the unusually high quality of the soil this spring, an estimated 10-30 per cent of the intended acres have been planted. Growers are reminded to consider European Union trait approval requirements when selecting seed.
Winter wheat: Many acres of winter wheat have received a nitrogen application, so now growers will focus on timing their herbicide and fungicide applications to avoid causing crop damage or missing the window of opportunity.
Spring cereals: With growers changing some of their acres intended for corn to spring cereals and the relatively strong spring cereal contract prices, seed is in high demand. Some varieties are sold out, and some dealers are entirely sold out of seed. Plant growth regulators (PGR) are now registered for all types of spring cereals, but growers should check that their buyer will accept PGR-treated grain before applying it.
For the full report, including information on soybeans, forages, and winter and spring canola, visit the OMAFRA field crop news website.