CleanFARMS, an agricultural waste stewardship organization, is encouraging Ontario farmers to return empty seed and pesticide bags after they have finished planting this spring.

“Ontario farmers have been returning empty pesticide and fertilizer containers for decades. Now they can add empty seed and pesticide bags to the list of things they can divert from the landfill,” said Barry Friesen, general manager of CleanFARMS.


Statistics Canada is pleased to announce that the 2016 Census of Population and the 2016 Census of Agriculture began May 2nd.

Canadians will receive a letter in the mail that includes instructions on how to complete the census questionnaire. Completing the census online is quick, easy and secure.

The Census of Population collects demographic information on every person living in Canada, while the Census of Agriculture collects information about every agricultural operation in Canada. Both are crucial for community planning.

Informed decisions regarding services like education, employment, healthcare and community development are all made based on answers provided in the Census of Population. The Census of Agriculture, meanwhile, identifies trends and provides factual information on emerging issues, opportunities and challenges within the agricultural community.

More information on the 2016 censuses can be found on the census website at www.census.gc.ca.

Originally posted on ONvegetables by Janice LeBoeuf

CaptureHave you ever had to extract a piece of equipment that was stuck in the mud? There’s a lot that can go wrong. Purdue University Extension has an excellent publication (free pdf download) called “Extracting stuck equipment safely” that I hope you’ll take the time to read. It could save a life.

Take time to check how safe your barn is.  The National Fire Protection Association has information related to fire, electrical and related hazards. National Fire Prevention Association


Can large tires and low inflation pressures solve all your problems?


Producers view soil compaction as a prevalent problem – a problem to be avoided, if possible. There are several main theories on how to avoid or manage soil compaction.

  • Confine traffic to permanent lanes within the field in order to provide traffic-free zones for crop production,
  • Avoid wheel traffic on wet soils which are susceptible to compaction, use equipment with lower axle weights,
  • Increase the size of the “foot print” by employing radial tires, larger tires, more tires, or tracks, and
  • Reduce tire inflation pressures.

Considerable effort has been taken on the part of equipment manufacturers to do two of these, by increasing tire size and reducing inflation pressures. This lowers ground contact pressures so there is less soil rutting and compaction.

Read More: Soil Compaction


Rob Saik kicks off LSC 2016 to record attendance

From a release dated April 7:

The last two days saw record numbers of pork producers and industry professionals in London. “A Platform for Success”, the 16th annual London Swine Conference (LSC) continued to build on the growth of recent years. Registration topped 400 this year for the sow day and over 250 for wean to finish. Sponsors and attendees from industry continue to be impressed with the number of primary producers who attend LSC.

Attendees were encouraged to think beyond their own business to consider the future of agriculture and food production in our changing culture. Other big picture issues discussed included antimicrobial resistance and the changing business structure of the North American hog industry.

On-farm topics dealt with barn management, health, nutrition, genetics, fertility and much more. Information was presented from leading researchers, academics and front line farm managers to blend the theory with applications on the farm.

One popular session by consultant Elaine Froese discussed planning for business transfers from generation to generation. Attendee comments included “This event was helpful, now to get the family on board” and “hoping to stop becoming a referee”.

The planning committee extends their thanks to Premier Sponsors: Better Pork Magazine, Farm Credit Canada, Total Swine Genetics Inc., and Zantingh Direct Inc.  The support of these and over 35 additional industry sponsors make LSC possible. With their support, LSC continues to be a premier education event for the swine industry in Ontario.

Conference proceedings are available online at www.londonswineconference.ca along with proceedings from all past conferences. New this year is a Highlights page that will share photos and comments about the conference in the next few weeks.

The London Swine Conference began in 2001, and continues as a joint effort of the University of Guelph, Ontario Pork, the Ontario Pork Industry Council and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Its main aim is to provide a forum for the exchange of credible, science-based information for decision makers and influencers in the pork industry, to encourage the exchange and adoption of knowledge for the betterment of the industry.

This year’s theme of the London Swine Conference is “A Platform for Success”. Join us April 5-6 at the Double Tree by Hilton in London, Ontario.

April 5th – Sow Topics:

  • Parity 3 Roadblock
  • Optimizing Loose Housing
  • The Modern Sow: Top Production Issues
  • Pushing the Boundries of AI Technology
  • Managing the Health Status of the Sow
  • Practical Loose Sow Management
  • Gilt Management, Physiology and Sow Longevity
  • Solutions to Productivity Challenges

April 6th – Wean to Finish Topics:

  • Getting Ready for the Next Disease
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Myths and Realities
  • Early Nursery Nutrition
  • Behind the Numbers of Finishing Barn Management
  • Options to Crontrol Post-Weaning Diseases
  • Liquid Feeding
  • Feeding for Carcass Value

Other Topics Include:

  • The Agriculture Manifesto – Day 1
  • Managing Generational Expectations – Day 1
  • Changing Business Structure of the North American Hog Industry – Day 2
  • Sustainable Intensification – Day 2


Register now at www.londonswineconference.ca

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