Trading Your Plow for a CurseBuster

Arthur, Ontario farmer Carl Brubacker has had it with the plow. Over the years, Brubacker has seen too much erosion and watched his topsoil layer get thinner and thinner. “We try plowing shallower every year and we just keep bringing up stones.” Brubacker says plowing is not going to work long-term. “We’re looking for simplicity… Read more »

Emojis Made for Farm Life

A picture can be worth a thousand words — one of the reasons why those little yellow faces and symbols have become so popular in text messages and Instagram posts. The right expression or combination of icons can be perfect for conveying your emotion or what’s on your mind. However when it comes to farm-related… Read more »

Wheat Pete’s Word, Oct 26 — A New World in Seed Treatments (again), High Test Weights, & Strip-Till vs No-Till Beans

Harvest is rocking and rolling for most corn and soybean growers in Ontario save for @WheatPete himself who took an equipment breakdown as a chance to get the Word done early this week. This week’s Wheat Pete’s Word covers a lot of ground, including the why behind high test weight corn, the nitrogen connection to high… Read more »

Soybean School: Genetics Lead Fight Against Sudden Death Syndrome

2016 was a good year to grow soybean varieties with strong genetic resistance to sudden death syndrome (SDS). Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs plant pathologist Albert Tenuta explains that this season’s cool, wet early growing conditions, which then gave way to drought in many regions of Ontario, helped the disease pack a… Read more »

Oat Prices Rally On Harvest Problems

Oat prices have rallied over the last three weeks due to the poor harvest conditions in Western Canada. The December futures contract in Chicago has climbed more than 20 percent since the start of the month — from US$1.76/bu to around $2.15/bu. “Earlier it looked like we were going to have plenty of oats out there,” says Chuck Penner… Read more »