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Do you want to increase crop yields and reduce soil erosion?

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Windbreaks can increase crop yields up to 15 per cent, more than making up for the amount of land they use. How? Windbreaks improve a field’s microclimate by reducing wind speeds, increasing temperatures and reducing the…

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Forecasting Frost Events – Comparison of Weather Forecast Sites

onspecialtycrops Frost events have been increasing in recent years and growers of a wide range of crops have been implementing different frost mitigation measures to protect their crops. For some frost mitigation strategies, reliable forecasts beyond the same day are … Continue reading

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The Many Benefits of Using Windbreaks

Although we had a mild winter this year, Ontario winters are typically cold and bring a lot of snow. Plan ahead and plant a windbreak before next winter – windbreaks are an effective way to trap snow and prevent snow … Continue reading

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Biocontrols for berry growers

ONfruit Improving the potential for successful biocontrol strategies on strawberry and raspberry farms.  Tuesday March 8, 2016 Springfield Golf and Country Club, Guelph 9:00 am-4:00 pm View original post 161 more words

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Steel in the Field: A Farmer’s Guide to Weed Management Tools

ONvegetables by Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA Weed Management Field Crops Program Lead – from fieldcropnews.com I recently was asked if I knew of any good resources for farmers wishing to reduce herbicide use or transition to organic production. My favourite is … Continue reading

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Transition Smart – Farmers to Processors workshop

ONvegetables From the Agri-food Management Institute (AMI) February 20 and 27, 2016 at the Georgian College Barrie CampusMarch 12 and 13, 2016 in St. Jacobs The focus for this workshop is connecting farmers with the tools to become processors, covering … Continue reading

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Can You Keep Spotted Wing Drosophila Out? – Exclusion Netting Trial

Shelby Jones – Agricultural Technician, OMAFRA Pam Fisher – Berry Crop Specialist, OMAFRA Contributor: Ellen Cole Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive vinegar fly that was first detected in Ontario in 2011. SWD attacks raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, … Continue reading

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Do you want to increase your crop yields by 10-15 per cent? Plant a windbreak!

Did you know that windbreaks: increase crop yield, improve soil moisture distribution over fields and reduce soil loss? provide shade and shelter for livestock? minimize spray drift and odours? decrease the amount of snow drift onto driveways and roads? enhance … Continue reading

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Revision of the Canadian Organic Standards

The revised Canadian Organic Standards are now available as a free download on the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) website.  Standards revision took place from 2013-2015 and included updates to: NSC CAN/CGSB 32.310, Organic Production Systems – General principles and … Continue reading

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Tillage timing influences nitrogen availability, loss on organic farms — ScienceDaily

Organic growers may be interested in the following summary of research from Pennsylvania State University about the affects of tillage timing and related nitrogen loss in organic cropping systems. Source: Tillage timing influences nitrogen availability, loss on organic farms — … Continue reading

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