VCR – Vegetable Crop Report – July 30th, 2020

Reblogged from ONvegetables.

The VCR (vegetable crop report) is a weekly update which includes crop updates, weather and growing degree summaries for various vegetable growing regions across Ontario. Continue Reading VCR – Vegetable Crop Report – July 30th, 2020

 

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Ontario Provides Additional Support for Farmers

News Release July 16, 2020

Government Delivers Early on Expanded Risk Management Program

The Ontario government is expanding the Risk Management Program a year earlier than planned by $50 million for a total of $150 million annually. This funding supports farmers with unforeseen challenges such as fluctuating market prices, extreme weather events like flooding or drought, and disease.

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Canada and Ontario Support Beef and Hog Farmers During COVID-19

Funding will cover increased costs, while redirecting surplus pork to those in need

WOODSTOCK — The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $10 million in emergency assistance for beef and hog farmers. The funding will help cover the increased costs of feeding market ready cattle and hogs due to COVID-19 related processing delays, while redirecting surplus pork products to help those in need. This program will help ensure the country’s food supply chain will remain strong and ready to recover as the economy gradually and safely reopens.

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Haskap Pruning Basics — onspecialtycrops

Originally posted to onspecialtycrops by Evan Elford, OMAFRA New Crop Development Specialist

Pruning is an important part of bushberry management. Like many other bushberry crops, it is important to prune mature haskap plants to increase yields and fruit quality while improving plant vigour and harvesting efficiency. In Ontario, pruning usually […]

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Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Conference Highlights Equipment Research

Check out the videos of new weeding and harvesting equipment on the ONVegetables blog. https://onvegetables.com/2020/02/21/highlights-from-ofvc-and-glexpo/

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Field Crop Budgets – a planning tool for farmers

Field Crop Budgets cover The 2020 Field Crop Budgets are now available here Field Crop Budgets. These crop budgets are a tool for estimating expenses. The sample costs are only a guide to illustrate a method of preparing your projections.

Budgets are provided for:
Organic — Grain Corn and Soybeans
Organic — Winter Wheat and Spelt
Organic — Barley and Oats

To project your break-even price after total costs, enter your farm figures in the spaces provided. The resulting estimate will help you choose your crop mix and set target prices and marketing strategies for your farm.

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Introduction to Small Scale Pig Production

Whether you already have pigs or are looking to get started, this course will teach the basics of housing, management, nutrition and health for your small scale pig herd. Get the information you need to meet requirements for PigTrace (Canada’s national hog traceability program), the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs and biosecurity. Register today.

When: Tuesday March 10, 2020
Time: 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Cost: $15

Pre-Register by March 5th at info@greyagservices.ca or by phone at 519-986-3756. Course Location:  Grey county Agricultural Services Centre, 206 Toronto Street South, Unit 3, Markdale.

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Funding available under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative

Today, Environment and Climate Change Canada launched a call for applications to environmental funding programs, including funding under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative.

For funding under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, applications are now being accepted until March 3, 2020 for all priorities, with the exception of the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority. Applications for projects that support the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority will be accepted until March 17, 2020.

To learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please visit www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection/funding.

Great Lakes Protection Initiative

The goal of the Great Lakes Protection Initiative is to target the most significant environmental challenges affecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health by delivering on Canada’s commitments under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

To assist in achieving this goal, Environment and Climate Change Canada is making funding available to support action by others to:

  • Restore Areas of Concern: Supporting action at the local level to restore water quality and aquatic ecosystem health by implementing projects identified in Areas of Concern Remedial Action Plans.
  • Prevent toxic and nuisance algae: Increasing participation in the application of phosphorus load reduction measures by demonstrating innovative approaches and best practices and promoting broad uptake and application.
  • Reduce releases of harmful chemicals: Increasing participation in the application of beyond-compliance measures to reduce releases of chemicals of mutual concern by developing, implementing, assessing and promoting use of innovative approaches.
  • Engage Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes issues: Enhancing Indigenous capacity to address Great Lakes issues through projects that engage Indigenous peoples at the community level.

For general information on the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection.html.

 

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Feed Analysis ReportsExplained

Laboratory analyses of feeds provide the best indication of nutrient availability, allowing feeds to be utilized to their full potential. Reliable nutritional information is important to not only balance rations, but also allows ration balancing programs to determine the most economical ration that will meet the animals’ requirements. Although most producers have a good understanding of the concepts of feed ingredients (e.g., dry matter, protein, starch etc.), some are unsure of what a laboratory analysis report is telling them. This factsheet will assist producers to have a better understanding of these analytical reports, provide definitions of key terms included in feed analysis reports and provide an example of a laboratory report. Although the layout of reports may be different between laboratories, the parameters indicated are included in most feed analysis reports.

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