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Published on Wed, 08/06/2014 by BASF Canada

Growers with unseeded acres need to consider weed control options

Growers with unseeded acres need to consider weed control options

Growers across the West have been faced with a number challenges this season that have left many acres unseeded. Cold, wet conditions this spring followed by devastating summer hail storms and flooding have taken millions of acres out of production.

Using multiple modes of action when controlling weeds on chemfallow fields will be extremely important as affected growers try to put this season behind them and prepare for next year.

Affected growers will need to think about how to best manage those acres since weed control will be a key concern as preparations for next year begin. Weed management strategies such as chemfallow, pre-harvest and post-harvest applications should be considered as a part of weed management practice.

Published on Wed, 07/30/2014 by BASF Canada

Protecting corn against northern leaf blight

Protecting corn against northern leaf blight

Northern corn leaf blight, a common yield-robbing fungal leaf disease south of the border, is becoming more common in corn fields throughout Ontario. As the disease develops, it blocks the flow of nutrients from the leaves throughout the crop, ultimately affecting grain quality and yields.

With the wet spring in Ontario this year, crop staging is variable throughout the province. In some areas, growers were able to get their crop in on time, but many acres were planted late.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Agriculture and Agri Food Canada, with funding from the Ontario Seed Corn Growers and the Grain Farmers of Ontario through Growing Forward, have been following different corn diseases for the past 15 years.

Published on Thu, 07/24/2014 by BASF Canada

Demand for food-grade level soybeans increasing

Demand for food-grade level soybeans increasing

Soybean growers must ensure they grow, scout, and manage their crops according to the detailed requirements of buying companies.

The 2014 season has seen record high soybean acres planted across Canada, including a significant increase in non-GMO soybeans in Eastern Canada. With Eastern Canadian growers expanding their share of soybeans into the food-grade market, growers will need to deliver high-quality soybeans at the international level. 

Op-ed - Canada’s skills gap: Getting beyond the rhetoric

Op-ed - Canada’s skills gap: Getting beyond the rhetoric

Beyond the rhetoric: Getting to real solutions for Canada’s skills challenges
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Just because Canada may need more plumbers or welders doesn’t mean it needs fewer university grads.

By Paul Davidson, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

It has been encouraging to see leaders in government, industry and education gather at two recent skills summits, in Toronto and Charlottetown, to try to reimagine the future of skills development in Canada and set us on a better path to prosperity.

Published on Thu, 06/26/2014 by Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Every day is Allergy Day

Every day is Allergy Day

Most allergies begin – and can be treated – in the gut

“A weekend of healthy eating won’t cure heart disease. The same holds true for allergies.  Treat every day as allergy day.”

By Alfred Hauk, naturopathic doctor

Between March and the first frost, Ontario has three seasons replete with outdoor environmental allergens, as well as year-round indoor environmental allergens, such as mites, dust and pet dander.

Published on Thu, 06/26/2014 by Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF NDs LAUNCHES NEW HEALTHCARE SERIES

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF NDs LAUNCHES NEW HEALTHCARE SERIES

(Toronto, Ontario, June 26, 2014) The Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) invites news media and websites to publish a new, free series of columns that will discuss a range of everyday healthcare issues from a naturopathic medicine perspective. 

Published on Wed, 06/25/2014 by BASF Canada

Get a handle on FHB

Get a handle on FHB

As fusarium head blight continues to spread, growers are becoming more concerned about its increasing severity. Already well established in Manitoba and Eastern Saskatchewan, the disease is now spreading across Southern Alberta. According to 2020 Seed Labs Inc., counties in Southern Alberta have shown a high risk for developing FHB this year. As growers in Saskatchewan are aware, FHB is a devastating disease. In 2012, FHB cut grain yields by as much as 50 percent in parts of Saskatchewan.

As growers in Saskatchewan are aware, FHB is a devastating disease. In 2012, FHB cut grain yields by as much as 50 percent in parts of Saskatchewan. 

Growers can get a handle on FHB by following these tips:

Published on Wed, 06/04/2014 by BASF Canada

Planning a cereal disease management strategy

Planning a cereal disease management strategy

Many growers now direct market their grain into the United States. But with grade standards south of the border becoming stricter, growers need to control diseases to maintain the quality of grain to satisfy that market. When managing cereal pathogens within cropping systems, using an integrated management strategy will maximize returns.

When managing cereal pathogens within cropping systems, using an integrated management strategy will maximize returns. 

Grain grades and the three stages of disease management:

Published on Wed, 06/04/2014 by Newspapers Canada

Newspapers Canada releases 8th annual National Freedom of Information Audit

Newspapers Canada releases 8th annual National Freedom of Information Audit

The results of this audit show that we've still got a long way to go before we really have a culture of openness and accountability around government data.

Toronto, ON (June 4, 2014). Newspapers Canada released its 8th annual National Freedom of Information (FOI) Audit report today. The 2013/2014 audit reviews the performance of Canadian governments and various public institutions with respect to their access to information regimes.  As such, it provides the public with the opportunity to see the degree to which our governments are in compliance with their own FOI legislation, as well as facilitating comparisons among jurisdictions.

Published on Wed, 05/14/2014 by BASF Canada

Integrated management approach reduces FHB implications in malting barley

Integrated management approach reduces FHB implications in malting barley

There’s nothing quite like that first sip of a cold, refreshing beer. But, when beer gushes out of a freshly-opened bottle or has an off-putting taste, it can leave a beer drinker asking ‘What just happened?’

“The key is using an integrated approach to the disease. You cannot rely on just one part alone; it needs a combination of tools to be effective.”

According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), it may be related to fusarium head blight (FHB) infection in barley.

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