Archive for January, 2015

Farms.com has created an online directory of agriculture apps that will help farmers quickly find the apps that will help them get the most out of their smartphone accessing information they want.


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Timely feeder management and maintenance of feeding systems can reduce feed costs — the largest expense of a grower-finisher operation. On most farms, feed cost can range from 65%–75% of the total cost to produce a grower-finisher pig to market weight. It only makes sense to continually look for ways to optimize the use and performance of your most expensive input.

Feeder Management in the Grower-Finisher Barn provides helpful advice on managing feed costs.

Watch the Swine Feeder Management Video for ways to adjust feeders to reduce swine feed costs in the grower-finisher barn.


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Hog Price Trend Report

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Centralia program flyerFeatured speaker Dr. Lisa Becton, Director, Swine Health Information and Research, US National Pork Board

Preparing For The Next Emerging Disease / Lessons Learned From PED & PED Research Update 2013-2014 … plus much more

Registration required by Friday January 23, 2015
• Phone – Carrie Parsons at (519) 271-0119
• Email – carrie.parsons@ontario.ca

For more information go to www.centraliaswineresearch.ca

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Just launched!aerial map

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has a new series of tutorials to help you use the Agricultural Information Atlas (AIA), an online application that allows you to create custom maps and find agricultural information for Ontario. You can find the AIA link on the AgMaps Geographic Information Portal at ontario.ca/agmaps, the ministry’s single access point for geospatial data.

The AgMaps Portal and AIA Application Help Tutorial Series provides step-by-step instructions on how to use the AIA for your farm or business. The audio/visual series helps with a range of topics – from navigating the application and creating layers on your custom maps, to creating tile drainage maps and nutrient management strategy farm sketches.

Find the 13 tutorials on the OMAFRA website.

For more information, contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.


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OMAFRA has posted the December Swine Budgets. pen of pigs playing with toySomething to chew on.

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Centralia 2015 logo smallOn Wednesday January 28th the 34th annual Centralia Swine Research Update will be held at the Kirkton-Woodham Community Centre in Kirkton. This year the feature speaker is Dr. Lisa Becton, Director, Swine Health Information and Research, US National Pork Board. Dr. Becton will be speaking on Preparing For The Next Emerging Disease / Lessons Learned From PED. Dr. Becton will also provide an update on PED cases occurring across the US, and review research they have conducted on feed, manure and other areas.

To round out the program, Ontario researchers and graduate students will cover topics on Zinc & Anti-Microbial Resistance, Dynamics of Nitrogen Retention in Gestating Sows, Improving sow productivity through genetics and genomics, Pain Control in Pigs, Swine influenza in nursery pigs and more.

The Centralia Swine Research Update was initiated in 1982 by staff at Centralia College to bring researchers and their work together with participants in the pork industry. The event continues to be planned and executed by a committee of industry partners, with support from OMAFRA staff. Its success over the past three decades is due to the quality and timeliness of the program, and the participation of local researchers and experts, as well as experts brought in from other parts of Canada or the US.

Registration is $20 if you’re a producer or a student, or $40 for industry reps and includes refreshments, hot pork meal and proceedings.

Registration deadline is Friday Jan 23.

For more information visit www.centraliaswineresearch.ca or phone 519 271- 0119.

Hope to see you at the Centralia Swine Research Update on Jan 28 in Kirkton.

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Effective January 1, 2015 nine weeds were added and nine removed.

Effective January 1, 2015, the following nine weeds were added to the Schedule of Noxious Weeds (a regulation under the Weed Control Act):

common crupina serrated tussock wild chervil
jointed goatgrass smooth bedstraw wild parsnip
kudzu tansy ragwort woolly cupgrass

These non-native weeds were added to minimize their interference to agriculture.

In addition, effective January 1, 2015, the following nine weeds were removed from the Schedule:

black-seeded proso millet nodding thistle spp. tuberous vetchling
goat’s beard spp. Russian thistle yellow rocket
Johnson grass scotch thistle wild carrot

The weeds are being removed because they are no longer considered significant threats to agriculture and can be managed through modern management practices. These changes will help support pollinators.

About the Schedule of Noxious Weeds

The Schedule of Noxious Weeds identifies weeds that can seriously damage agricultural land, crops or livestock. If these weeds are growing in a location that negatively impacts agriculture or horticulture, then they must be destroyed. If you feel that your agricultural or horticultural land is being negatively impacted by noxious weeds, contact your local Weed Inspector.

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Learn more about the changes, the Schedule and weed management options at:



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Programs and Services for Ontario Farmers provides a summary of programs and services currently available to Ontario farmers that are funded by the Ontario and/or Canadian governments. Check with your commodity organizations for additional commodity-specific programs that may be available through your associations.

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You never know when the hydro might go out. Is your generator ready? OMAFRA has some good advice on using farm generators.

tractor with generator

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