Charcoal may be the solution to reducing ammonia pollution and lowering greenhouse gas emissions from fertilizer for crop plants, according to a groundbreaking study by a University of Guelph soil scientist.
Ontario’s farm workforce is changing. More farmers are retiring, selling their farms or transitioning the business to the next generation. Younger farm faces are making more purchasing and management decisions. And while technology and automation are changing the way many farm businesses operate, Ontario remains Canada’s largest agricultural employer and we rely heavily on a skilled labour force that is increasingly shrinking.
As Ontario farmers Brent Preston and wife Gillian Flies lugged their heavy tarps out during each new planting season, they pondered ground cover options for their farm at Creemore. The tarps were working well but would lighter weight ground cover fabric do the same job with less expense and less hassle?
Until recently, New York onion farmers had just two insecticide options for controlling onion thrips, a pervasive insect pest, and neither was good. One was short-lived, the other was dangerous to work with – and both were losing effectiveness.
Published in Vegetables
Eating a cup of blueberries a day reduces risk factors for cardiovascular disease - according to new research led by the University of East Anglia, in collaboration with colleagues from Harvard and across the U.K.
Canadian vegetable growers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year on herbicides that don’t kill the weeds they are targeting. Not only do these herbicide-resistant weeds cause farmers yield losses, but also the farmers often find themselves paying for multiple weed control strategies, including hiring workers to manually remove the weeds.
Published in Weeds
Nature Canada is currently leading a project investigating swallow populations along the Southern Great Lakes.
The governments of Canada and British Columbia are investing in the B.C. strawberry, blueberry and raspberry industries to help market competitiveness in berry production through innovative genetics and practices in the province.
The field fruit and vegetable industry is a significant agricultural employer with substantial labour challenges. Over the next decade, those challenges will intensify as a shrinking pool of domestic workers and an increased reliance on foreign workers will make the industry even more vulnerable to labour policy changes and lost sales due to labour shortages.
In these times of higher minimum wage and other input costs, it’s critical to make sure labour efficiency is as high as possible.
More data than ever is being collected in agriculture and the industry is challenged with how to best put it to use to support profitable and sustainable food production.
“Samurai Wasps vs. Stink Bugs” is not the title of the latest Avengers film. But it does describe new efforts by Cornell scientists to control a household nuisance and agricultural pest.
Published in Insects
There’s a lot that’s been proven good about whole orchard recycling, putting those almond trees back into the soil where they stood. And there’s plenty to indicate that drawbacks from the practice can be addressed.
Published in Fruit
According to the latest study conducted by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and IFOAM - Organics International, the Canadian organic sector continues to register significant growth despite the fact that the overall agricultural land base remains stable and non-organic agricultural operations are in slope. Now there are more than 6,000 certified organic operations, almost 4,800 certified organic producers and 1.27 million certified organic hectares (including wild collection).
For the first time, the University of California has hired a Cooperative Extension specialist dedicated to organic agriculture.
Published in News
The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry recently heard from witnesses with expertise in soil health. The Honourable Robert Black, who joined the Senate last year after a 30-year career in the agricultural industry, proposed that the committee undertake a study on soil health.
Published in Federal
Spitting out watermelon seeds can be a summertime rite of passage for some folks. Others like their watermelons seedless. How did those seedless watermelons (and other plants) come about?
No matter how determined an industry is, without proper support from the country’s governing bodies it can be difficult to push forward and improve production and profits.
Published in Federal
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA), a division of Health Canada, recently released its final decisions on the pollinator re-evaluations of three neonicotinoid insecticides: clothianidin (Clutch), imidacloprid (Admire), and thiamethoxam (Cruiser, Actara).
Published in News
Over the last decade, Lake Erie has been struggling with high phosphorus levels. Farming is one of the leading land uses in the Lake Erie watershed, giving agriculture a critical role to play in improving water quality in the lake.
Weed management through genetic testingCanadian vegetable growers spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each…
Organic animal farms benefit birds nesting in agricultural environmentsThe abundance of bird species living in agricultural environments has…
Holos software educates on effects of new farming practicesGreenhouse gas is a significant player in climate change and…
Be prepared for unwanted visitors on the farmTrespassing on farm property is a growing concern for Ontario…
Grower Day Tue Jun 18, 2019
Hops Eastern Ontario Field WorkshopTue Jun 18, 2019
European Organic CongressThu Jun 20, 2019
Webinar: How to engage rural communities on climate changeTue Jun 25, 2019 @ 1:00pm - 02:00pm