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.
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.
The most significant variable associated with mycotoxin test results comes from incorrect sample collection or uneven distribution of infected kernels in a load.
Visible symptoms of clubroot have been confirmed in 37 Saskatchewan canola fields across the northern agricultural regions to date.
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.
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Plant health partners in Canada, from industry associations to academia, come together to establish the Canadian Plant Health Council to collectively address evolving risks to plant and animal resources.
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Cultivar resistance is considered the most effective and practical approach for clubroot management on canola. However, almost all of the current cultivars were based on a single clubroot resistance (CR) gene, which can be eroded when the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae changes in virulence.
2018 was a bad year for flea beetles in Manitoba canola, according to John Gavloski, extension entomologist for Manitoba Agriculture.
The fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, which causes stem rot, is a major economic disease in canola that impacts the crop across all of Canada’s growing regions.
The 2018 grain corn ear mould and vomitoxin (DON) survey found 60 per cent of Ontario grain corn samples tested low - less than two parts per million (ppm), for DON.
Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for much of southern and eastern Ontario on Oct. 15, warning producers to cover up plants in frost-prone areas.
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The Ontario Ministry of Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is conducting its annual survey sampling grower corn fields to determine ear mould incidence and the occurence of mycotoxins in grain.
You’ve scouted and know what weeds are present in your fields. You’ve paid attention to what weeds are prevalent in your region. And you’ve used an integrated management strategy that combines treating with the recommended modes of actions and using cultural practices like planting clean seed, controlling weeds along field edges and tilling to discourage weed germination.
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First detected in Ontario canola in 2016, clubroot is an increasing concern for the province’s canola growers. A University of Guelph research group is a key player in Canadian research to manage this devastating disease and is advancing knowledge about Ontario’s clubroot situation.
The Pest Management Centre is inviting submissions for its 2018 Pest Management Research Report (PMRR), an annual resource on integrated pest management of insect pests and plant diseases significant to the agri-food industry in Canada.
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Since the early 1990s, blackleg resistant canola varieties have been available in Western Canada, and have helped to prevent yield losses caused by the main races of the pathogen, Leptosphaeria maculans. But the disease is on the rise due to a shift in the races of the pathogen that has resulted in the loss of resistance in some canola varieties in some fields.
In Western Canada, wheat is the largest acreage cereal crop, however increasingly variable climate conditions and stresses such as drought can affect plant development, yield and profitability for growers. Researchers and plant breeders are looking for new tools and strategies to advance high yielding, more drought tolerant varieties of high quality wheat for growers.
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Cereal grains and other major food crops can become contaminated with mycotoxins, which are naturally occurring toxins produced by mold that grow in certain conditions. Some of the mycotoxins familiar to the grains industry include Ochratoxin A, Deoxynivalenol (DON) and others, which are not only regulatory and international trade concerns, but also potential health issues. Mycotoxins can develop at various crop stages, pre-harvest, harvest and in storage, but cannot be detected visually and have no taste or smell.
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Manitoba Agriculture shares farm safety reminders in an effort to reduce the number of accidents during harvest season.
Fusarium head blight (FHB) is a serious disease affecting yield and quality of wheat and other important cereal crops across Canada. Breeding for resistance continues to be a key strategy in the fight against FHB, and research scientists like George Fedak are helping to lead the way.
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Ontario Federation of Agriculture Annual General MeetingMon Nov 19, 2018 @ 8:15am - 12:00pm
Canadian Wheat Symposium/FHB workshopMon Nov 19, 2018 @ 3:00pm - 12:00pm
Intercropping/Cover Crop WorkshopWed Nov 21, 2018 @ 8:30am - 05:00pm
Ignite - FCC Young Farmer SummitWed Nov 21, 2018 @10:00am - 03:30pm
Agricultural Excellence Conference 2018Mon Nov 26, 2018