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Disease-detecting tool could be in livestock producers’ hands by next year

Posted on Aug 15th, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

Disease-detecting tool could be in livestock producers’ hands by next year

A hand-held device capable of quickly identifying livestock diseases could be in the hands of Ontario producers next year, according to one of the instrument’s creators. “We’ve been negotiating with some manufacturing companies who are major players in this area,” Suresh Neethirajan, a University of Guelph engineering professor and director of the school’s BioNano Laboratory, told Farms.com. “Hopefully in a year or so farmers can see the product available.”... 

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Region’s farmers bucking provincial trends

Posted on Jun 26th, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

Region’s farmers bucking provincial trends

WATERLOO REGION - Our farmers are Ontario's youngest. They work some of Ontario's smallest farms without an abundance of technology. Yet they earn more than most farmers, generating $564 million in annual revenues. "This is something to be proud of," said turkey farmer Mark Reusser, who helps direct the Waterloo Federation of Agriculture and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. "It's kind of unique in Ontario to have such a concentrated area of intensively-farmed land."... 

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WESTERN ONTARIO - Planting season cold, wet and slow but rolling along

Posted on Jun 6th, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

WESTERN ONTARIO - Planting season cold, wet and slow but rolling along

PETROLIA - It’s cold, it’s wet, and it’s slow, but the 2017 planting season is crawling towards the finish line. Many Western Ontario growers had all of their corn in by May 31, but not soybeans. Some growers had zero beans in the ground. Farmers don’t start losing significant yield unless they plant after June 15.... 

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