Field Crops
The Gibberella ear rot outbreak, resulting in high levels of DON in corn this year, has caused much concern to Ontario producers. At its annual meeting on Nov. 13, the Ontario Corn Committee (OCC) spent much time discussing how best to respond to the outbreak, and said in a statement it was "deeply concerned about the impact this is having across all sectors of the corn industry in Ontario, especially for the many farmers who are most directly affected."

The OCC says it does not have data indicating the relative susceptibility of hybrids to infection by Gibberella and the production of DON. However, the committee is undertaking two initiatives that it hopes will allow the committee to give more guidance to farmers in the future.

1) Samples were collected from each plot in several OCC trials across southwestern Ontario during harvest this fall. These samples will be analyzed for DON in the lab and the results will be reviewed by the committee as soon as possible. These results may assist the committee, industry and crop advisors in providing growers with more information about:
  • the factors associated with DON production,
  • the range in tolerance among hybrids to mycotoxin accumulation
  • the consistency of hybrid tolerance across environments and
  • what growers can do to reduce their risk for next year.
  • research or testing that the OCC could undertake to improve our knowledge about hybrid response to Gibberella and/or management practices to reduce the risk of DON accumulation.
2) The OCC also established a working group, consisting of growers, plant breeders, seed companies, extension and pathologists, charged with recommending actions and/or research that the OCC can implement beginning in 2019 to assist the industry in reducing the risk of a similar crisis in the future. This will include investigating a system to develop hybrid ratings.


For further information contact Shawn Winter, chair of the Ontario Corn Committee, at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 519-682-1720.
Published in Corn
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency registered BASF’s new Heat Complete pre-seed/pre-emerge herbicide for use on lentils, field peas, soybeans and corn in Canada for the 2019 crop season with the label expansion of one of the components.
Published in Corporate News
The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be supporting four diversification centres, according to an announcement made today by Lawrence MacAulay, federal agricultural minister, and Ralph Eichler, Manitoba agricultural minister.
Published in Corporate News
Customers in 17 countries will meet with representatives from Canada’s grain value chain to learn about the quality and end-use characteristics of the 2018 Canadian wheat crop during a series of new crop missions beginning November 12.
Published in Corporate News
Canada and China pledged to double agricultural trade by 2025 at the Economic and Financial Strategic Dialogue in Beijing on Nov. 12, co-chaired by Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr.
Published in Imports/Exports
The Grain Farmers of Ontario issued an open letter to producers on Nov. 9 in response to Ontario's outbreak of DON in grain corn.
Published in Corporate News
Alberta producers who own an irrigated agricultural operation within the province are now able to apply for a program that will help them with the costs of upgrading their irrigation equipment and moving to a more efficient system.
Published in Irrigation
As of Nov. 9, 1,300 producers have called Agricorp to report damage to grain corn due to deoxynivalenol (DON). Agricorp is an Ontario organization delivering risk management programs to the agriculture industry and is currently asking its customers to collect and document DON samples, tests and rejections to quantify the loss and support any claims. 
Published in Harvesting
Manitoba’s overall crop harvest progress is at 97 per cent complete, according to the latest provincial crop report.
Published in Harvesting
Since mid-October, warmer-than-average temperatures have allowed producers across Alberta to make significant harvest progress, according to the province’s latest crop report.
Published in Harvesting
The Alberta Environmental Farm Plan launched a new updated design for its online tool, the Webbook, which allows producers to complete an environmental farm plan online.
Published in Corporate News
Mouldy corn can be harvested, cleaned, stored, used as feedstock for anaerobic biodigesters, sent to ethanol plants, burned or mowed and incorporated as corn residue.
Published in Harvesting
Ontario's 2018 Grain Corn Ear Mould and DON survey found 60 per cent of samples tested low for DON, a increase from last year. However, the Ontario grain industry is prepared and able to process high DON corn with minimal impact.
Published in Harvesting
The most significant variable associated with mycotoxin test results comes from incorrect sample collection or uneven distribution of infected kernels in a load. 
Published in Diseases
Visible symptoms of clubroot have been confirmed in 37 Saskatchewan canola fields across the northern agricultural regions to date.
Published in Diseases
Wet weather during the 2018 harvest has forced many producers to take their crop off the field at high moisture levels. Artificial drying can help reduce the risk of spoilage due to excess moisture, but it is important to follow proper drying practices to prevent heat damage.
Published in Storage
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership has granted $500,000 for The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) staff and local certified crop advisors to work closely with landowners and plant cover crops within a subwatershed of Medway Creek in southwestern Ontario.
Published in Agronomy
The Canadian Grain Commission has extended the deadlines of its Harvest Sample Program by a month in response to the delayed harvest experienced by producers in parts of Canada. 
Published in Corporate News
Provincial soil moisture ratings are gradually improving, with 74 per cent of the average surface soil moisture currently rated as good or excellent, according to Alberta's latest crop report. 
Published in Harvesting
Euphorbia lagascae is an annual Mediterranean plant that naturally produces vernolic oil, a rich source of the common plasticizer vernolic acid, which is used in a range of industrial applications, from paints to PVC to blown polyurethane foam.
Published in Other Crops
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