Dig Deep Archive

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:

Dale Cowan. A go-to person for Agriculture

Sharing over 40 years of knowledge with the next generation.

By Emily Croft

In a career of more than 40 years and counting, Dale Cowan has cultivated a reputation for his mentorship skills, an affinity for the newest technologies, and extensive agronomy knowledge. His lifelong contributions to farming will see Dale inducted into the Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame on June 11.

Understanding Ontario’s Custom Farming Rates

Setting Fair Prices for Both Farmers & Contractors

By Mel Luymes

Considering the costs of the latest farm equipment and technology, more and more producers are opting to hire agri-contractors for one or more field operations.

Report Card Time

Grades A, B…or Fail?

By Paul Hermans

Back in the good old days I dreaded grade school spring report card time. I was always worried about what my parents would think when they saw my report. In some classes I got B marks – others not so.

As planting continues and wraps up through the countryside, it is now time to explore fields to get a report card on emergence as we start setting yield expectations for the 2023 growing season.

Keep Your Soybeans Clean

As Planting Season Approaches, Get Ready To Protect Your Yields From Pests

By Colleen Halpenny

In 2022, Ontario producers cropped an impressive 3,080,400 acres of soybeans according to Statistics Canada. This represents 58 per cent of total soybean production acres across Canada, and Ontario soybeans totalled $2.94 billion in farm cash receipts in 2021.

With so many acres invested, and yields on the line, we spoke with some experts to explore how you can bolster your stand’s health in the upcoming season.

Making the Most of Your 2023 Winter Wheat Crop

Strategizing to manage yields to their fullest potential.

By Emily Croft

After a long and warm fall, OMAFRA predicts that there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of winter wheat acres planted in Ontario in the fall of 2022, compared to the previous fall. With both wheat and input prices high, what can you do this spring to get the most out of your 2023 winter wheat crop at harvest?

Planting Depth or Population

What has the most influence on yields?

By Paul Hermans

Being in the seed industry, probably the most common questions I am asked are: 1) What population should I plant my corn and soybeans at? 2) What is the best seeding depth for corn and soybeans?

Unfortunately, I usually respond with the typical agronomist answer of, “It depends.”

There is not just one answer. It depends on a lot of factors, ranging from yield expectations, soil type, crop type, and rotation, to disease management and more.

Protecting Your Yield & the Environment

Adopting forests, windbreaks & riparian buffers on your farm

By Michael Drescher

Environmental best management practices in the agricultural sector are activities that reduce risk to the environment stemming from agricultural operations. These best practices reduce the risk of damage to many parts of the environment including to soil, air and water, as well as to plants and animals, and to their habitats, on and off the farm.

Managing Farm Plastic

Keep your farm & the environment cleaner

By Emily Croft

Plastic products have contributed to many advancements in agriculture and are used daily by farmers, but as the world looks to improve environmental stewardship, Ontario producers are also searching for better ways to handle plastic waste.

Twine, bale wrap, silage bags and bunk covers are all used by livestock producers. Seed, pesticides, and fertilizer all come in bags, containers, and jugs that contain plastic. It is easy for these materials to pile up, particularly when disposal options are limited.