Dig Deep Archive

Ray Robertson: Canadian Agricultural Hall of Famer

By Emily Croft

Ray Robertson’s passion for growing his local community in Grey County has led to a long career with international impacts.

His leadership and commitment to agriculture has been recognized, as Ray was inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame in June, and will be celebrated at the national level at the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Nov. 4 in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Strip-Tillage: Save Your Soil & Labour Costs

‘The Advantages of Both No-Till & Conventional Tillage.’

By Emily Croft

With concerns for soil health, many producers look for alternatives to conventional tillage. Strip tillage offers Ontario crop growers an interesting option that sits in-between conventional and no-till systems.

‘Why are we burying residue deeper than we plant?’

Choosing the Best Management System for Your Operation

By Colleen Halpenny

Historically, fall harvest was never truly considered complete until the moldboard plow had passed through the fields.

These days, best management practices to minimize erosion, retain soil moisture, and ensure maximum organic matter is returned to the soil have created a positive shift toward minimum and no-till applications. However, some producers are still skeptical about leaving lots of residue on the field.

Smoke, Sun & Crop Effects

Overcoming Stresses with Proper Management

By Paul Hermans

If you were to ask my wife, she would tell you that I am addicted to the weather. Every day I will look at my weather app at least five to 10 times, especially during the hot hazy days of summer, checking to see who got rain, how much, and when we might get a nice shower to boost our crops.

Is it still possible to start a farm?

‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.’

By Emily Croft

Starting a business in any industry is a challenging endeavour. In agriculture, entry costs, land competition, and time constraints can make it difficult for newcomers to build their own farm from the ground up.

How are new producers managing the challenges of starting their farm businesses and what are they doing to stay competitive?

Farm Transition Increasingly Complex

Why increased farm asset values are playing a role in transition talks.

By Colleen Halpenny

More farm wealth than ever before is passing from one generation to the next. Over the last decade, skyrocketing land values, heightened equipment values, and quota holdings have increased in capital value, leading to more complex transition discussions.

According to Statistics Canada, the value of equity in Canada’s farm sector totalled $627.6 billion as of Dec. 31, 2021, up 10 per cent from a year earlier. This is the largest percentage increase in farm equity since 2013.

Winning with Winter Wheat

Start with Soybean Harvest, Then Timely Wheat Planting with a Starter Fertilizer

By Paul Hermans

Everywhere you look there is a lot of data that talks about the benefits of crop rotation. Adding winter wheat to the mix is a no-brainer.

Winter wheat helps spread workload, improves soil health, and provides cover crop benefits over the winter. Economically, it increases the yield potential of corn and soybeans in the rotation.

One on One with Mack Emiry

‘You get more from being involved than you spend giving to it.’

By Emily Croft

When Mack Emiry, a dairy farmer from Massey, found out he was selected as a successful nominee to be inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame this year, he was surprised.

“I was dumbfounded when I realized I was nominated, and then again when I was selected,” says Mack.

“I’m not different from a lot of people who have farmed, and still do farm, in this province.”

Working With Family

‘I Want Farm Families to See Conflict as a Good Thing that Can Be Resolved.’

By Emily Croft

Most farms in Canada are owned, operated, and passed down through families.

As multiple generations integrate on the farm, it can be difficult to manage the pressures of maintaining a business and family dynamics.

A clear transition plan is one way that farming families can ensure that the expectations and goals for the farm are shared.

Don’t Give Up on Your ‘Sons & Daughters’

Some Key Agronomic Challenges in Soybean & Corn

By Paul Hermans

If you have children, you know that throughout their life, they can challenge you daily. Ask yourself, have your ever given up on your children?

Consider your crops like your kids, you should never give up on them throughout the growing season. Keep constantly checking your crops and revise management strategies to reduce stress. This will lead to higher yields and profitability.

Two key factors are at play in this strategy: