Research and Innovation
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.
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
Beyond the rhetoric: Getting to real solutions for Canada’s skills challenges
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Managing the spread of glyphosate resistance
The number of affected acres infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds in Canada will almost definitely increase in 2014 and these weeds will continue to be a problem for growers.
Canadian growers are definitely on the lookout for resistant weeds. In fact, Canadian growers are reporting that 1.1 million acres of cropland are already infested with glyphosate-resistant weeds, according to a 2013 survey conducted by Stratus Ag Research. The report also identifies that approximately 60 percent of the affected acres are in Saskatchewan, where growers are producing the majority of Canada’s wheat crop.