The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that around 45 million tons of phosphorus fertilizers will be used around the world in 2018. Much will be applied to soils that also received phosphorus fertilizers in past years.
Published in Soil
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.
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
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
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.
Being the only flax breeder in Western Canada puts the onus on Helen Booker to target traits that are of keen interest to flax growers, processors and users. Her program is working on a wide range of advances – from stronger disease resistance, greater adaptation to northern conditions, and increased yields, to larger seeds, yellow seed coats and higher alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) levels in the oil.
Canola contributes around $26.7 billion annually to the Canadian economy, according to figures from the Canola Council of Canada. However, most of its value lies in the oil, while canola meal has traditionally been considered a byproduct suitable only for animal feed.
Clubroot continues to be a disease risk to canola crops across Alberta, with more than 2,700 clubroot-infested fields now confirmed, along with a few isolated cases in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Although good clubroot resistant (CR) varieties have been available for about 10 years, there are an increasing number of fields in Alberta where new strains of the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae have overcome the resistance.
Published in Diseases
Increasingly, research is showing that canola root-associated microbiomes can impact crop growth and nutrient uptake. Some of the soil micro-organisms are beneficial to plants that protect them against pathogens, mitigate the impact of abiotic stress, improve plant nutrition or stimulate plant growth by phytohormones.
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.
Published in Diseases
Winter wheat has major environmental benefits. It helps reduce wind and water based soil erosion, out competes many weeds, and generally conserves energy because of the fewer field operations.
Researchers from the University of Waterloo's School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability are looking for Ontario grain farmers to share their perspectives on digital farming and big data in food production.
Lawrence MacAulay, minister of agriculture and agri-food, announced the government will be investing $70 million over the next five years to address environmental challenges and hire approximately 75 scientists and science professionals in emerging fields of agricultural science.
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.
Published in Weeds
A new computer modeling study shows that corn yields improved under diversified rotations versus corn grown in monoculture.
Published in Corn
A new publication out of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Harrow Research Station shows that use of solid manure reduces particulate and total phosphorus (P) loss on tile-drained soil over time, compared to liquid manure and chemical fertilizer.
Published in Fertilizer
A comparison of heirloom and modern dry bean varieties is revealing that some heirloom varieties could be good candidates for breeding dry beans with greater nitrogen-fixing capacity.
Published in Agronomy
Most nitrogen-fixing bacteria in commercial soybean inoculants originate from subtropical regions, just like soybeans themselves. But are subtropical inoculants really the best choice for Canadian soybean production? Recent research shows some native Canadian bacteria are much better nitrogen fixers for our short-season soybean cultivars.
Published in Soybeans
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.
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