Dig Deep Archive

Planting Ahead

Farmers across the province provide insight into their planting plans and decision-making processes.

by Kate Ayers

Planting season can be a stressful, yet exciting time of year. Equipment will soon start to roll, bringing new opportunity to innovate and improve.

This month, Better Farming speaks with cash crop producers to learn about the crops they are planting, their equipment and seed choices, and how their decision-making processes have changed over the years.

Revisiting the bioindustrial economy

Where are we at, and what is Ontario’s ag’s role?

by Jim Algie

In July 2019, Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Pinsonnault signed off on the distribution of Canadian assets belonging to an insolvent U.S.-based company called BioAmber Inc.

One family’s covid-19 story

Ross Lunn was in a coma and on a ventilator for 41 days over planting season. By harvest, he was back in the tractor.

by Jackie Clark

Though big cities have been the major hotbeds for COVID-19 infections and outbreaks, the virus has touched the lives of those in the rural, agricultural community as well.

How to save our rural third places

Planners, farm leaders and educators discuss ways to revive these community anchors and places of social engagement during turbulent times.

by Kate Ayers

Farm life is known for its strong ties to and close relations with neighbours, friends, and colleagues.

The growing challenge of minister’s zoning orders

Several policy and legal mechanisms exist to protect farmland in Ontario

By Jackie Clark
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Farmers and other agricultural stakeholders across Ontario advocate for the protection of farmland, and a few policy and legal tools are available to help them.

Help protect your crops from weather extremes

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

As increasingly extreme weather adds another element of unpredictability to crop production, farmers are considering changes in their operations to help maintain yields.

“Studies show that we can definitely expect more volatile weather,” Rebecca Shortt said in an interview with Better Farming.

Perfect your planter

Producers can add features to improve the safety of their farm equipment

By Jackie Clark
Staff Writer
Better Farming

When it comes to farm equipment, “safety is very important and often overlooked,” Mark Burnham told Better Farming. He’s a farmer in Cobourg with experience in agricultural engineering.

“We aren't just talking about road safety either; personal and environmental safety are also very important.”

Prep for success in 2021

Farmers can use information from seed guides to inform management practices later in the season

By Jackie Clark
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Once your crop is growing in the field, it’s up to Mother Nature and your agronomic management decisions to try to capture the full yield potential of that seed.

The latest frontiers in corn & soybean research

An associate professor at the University of Guelph provides insight into his responsibilities as a researcher, educator and editor-in-chief

By Kate Ayers
Staff Writer
Better Farming

Ongoing crop research and development are critical to keep the Canadian agricultural industry competitive.

As a result, the ag industry needs a large network of passionate, skilled and dedicated crop specialists committed to excellence in research.