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Preparing grain bins for harvest

Preparing grain bins for harvest should be done to maintain the quality of grain and to make sure the areas around bins are ready for the busy season ahead. It is also a good time to inspect any mechanical components and clean up around the bin. Simple maintenance and safety rules will make sure we […]

Heat stress

Heat stress can be a killer on the job site. Outside of the direct consequences such as heat stroke, heat stress can cause incidents due to loss of focus or excessive fatigue on the job. Heat-related illnesses Heat cramps   Heat cramps are painful, brief muscle cramps. Muscles may spasm or spasm involuntarily. Heat cramps […]

Optimizing winter wheat quality at harvest

When we think about getting the highest yields and the best quality out of our winter wheat crop we tend to think about management practices such as timely planting, variety selection, nutrient management (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur), as well as timely fungicide and herbicide applications. However, one management practice that can often be overlooked […]

OMAFRA Field Crop Report – June 8, 2017

Cereals Current weather conditions are ideal for fusarium head blight development in winter wheat. Many wheat fields in Southwestern Ontario have applied a T3 fungicide to reduce their risk particularly if they are growing a FHB susceptible variety. T3 fungicide applications further east will begin this week and continuing into next week for Eastern Ontario.

Ontario field crop report

June 1, 2017 Cereals Winter wheat growth stages are relatively normal at this point in the season; the crop may have looked a bit ahead in weeks past but conditions have been relatively cool. Wheat is in head throughout Southwestern Ontario and beginning to head in western/central Ontario. Some winter wheat fields are looking yellow, […]

First corn crop rating vs. trend yields

To great anticipation, the USDA released its first weekly crop condition report for U.S. corn this week. Ample precipitation this spring along with cooler than normal temperatures has made corn plantings a challenge this season, especially in the Missouri Valley and Eastern Corn Belt regions. This had raised questions about how the USDA would assess […]

Corn: historical grain yields for the U.S.

Historical grain yields provide us with a glimpse of yields yet to come, although like the stock markets, past performance is no guarantee of the future. The historical yield data for corn in the U.S. illustrate the positive impact of improved crop genetics and crop production technologies. From 1866, the first year USDA began to […]

OMAFRA field crop report: May 25, 2017

Winter Wheat Winter wheat is progressing well across the province. The winter wheat is mainly at early flag leaf (Zadok’s 37) to the swollen boot stage (Zadok’s 45-47), and some heading has been observed in Essex County. Disease pressure across the province is currently low, and fungicide applications are expected to start in the next […]