International Plowing Match

Looking for something to do? Why not go to the 100th International Plowing Match Sept 19-23 in Walton.

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Pollinator Protection – New Rules and BMP’s

OMAF, MRA, and PMRA have come out with new guidelines for the 2014 planting that incorporate new regulations and BMP’s for pollinators.   These new guidelines have been put into place to help protect pollinators that may come into contact with neonicitinoid seed treatments.  To accomplish this goal this spring there will be a new seed lubricant that will replace graphite or talc based lubricants.  This new lubricant which bares the name Fluency Agent will be the replacement product for all planters that require a seed lubricant.  Graphite lubricant is permitted in some cases for mechanical lubrication ONLY (ex. finger pickups for corn, or metering units for soybeans).  This new lubricant coats the seed in effect reducing the amount of treated seed dust by 65%. This being said the new lubricant is extremely slippery and applying an excess rate of Fluency Agent can cause skips and/or doubles with certain planters.  It is recommended that growers stick to the standard rate stir in the product to ensure even coating of the seed.

You can find the Fluency Agent available at all seed dealer locations.  The product is sold by individual pail and can come in a case of eight pails.  Crooked Creek Acres will have inventory of this product and it will be available for pickup/dropoff with your seed order.  A pail will cost $24.00 and has the ability to treat up to 50 bags.  This works out to roughly $0.20/acre cost.   The product is all weather safe, if kept covered, and in a place you can remember where you left it, any extra will keep until the following year.

By protecting our technology we can ensure that it is available for when situations arise where they are truly beneficial.  Please refer to the links and images below to see Pioneer’s Product use guide and how it relates to handling seed and treatment stewardship.

Neo Nic Label

OMAF – Pollinator Protection Publication

Bayer CropScience – Fluency Agent Card

Pioneer 2014 Product Stewardship Guide

Other Information Links



Northern Corn leaf Blight in the 2013 Season

2013 was the year of Northern Corn Leaf Blight.  Although many producers were able to pull off above average yields in places, the disease was still present and affected hybrids differently based on individual hybrid tolerance, management practices and disease pressure.

Developing Lesions

Northern Corn Leaf Blight is caused by the fungi Exserohilum turcicum, which thrives in humid climates.  These humid and overcast days mimicked much of what the 2013 season was like for many farmers.  Northern Corn Leaf Blight can be identified though their pale gray lesions.  These lesions are usually 1-6 inches long and have a cigar shape to them.

Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) infection occurs after 6-18 hours of water standing on the plants surface.  Infection can happen through the fungi spores that can be from the previous years corn crop in corn on corn rotations or can be blown in from the wind.  The life cycle of northern corn leaf blight is normally a short window but spores from the disease can reproduce within a week which can increase the rate of spread and spore load.

2013 was unusual due to the exposure period of NCLB.  Normally we encounter a 15-20 day window.  2013 saw a 45 day window which allowed the disease to take over in certain areas.  Southwestern Ontario traditionally sees higher GIB infection over NCLB.  However 2013 had conditions that were more conducive to the disease.  NCLB in some cases actually aids in plant maturity and grain dry down.

To manage NCLB several steps have to be followed to minimize damage from this disease.  NCLB has several different races, so selecting a hybrid that has a good NCLB score is very important.

NCLB CyclePioneer plant breeders rate their hybrids on a scale of 1-9, most hybrids fall between the 4-6 ranges.  Areas with known NCLB should select hybrids that have higher tolerance.  Fungicides are another tool to help combat the issue of NCLB.  Fungicide may not fully control NCLB like it does for many other leaf diseases, but is a tool to help you manage you crop.  Decisions to use a fungicide should be based on disease risk factors such as hybrid susceptibility, tillage system, disease and yield potential.  Proper tillage will help reduce previous corn residue and also help decrease the NCLB inoculum available to infect the next years crop.

We cannot control the conditions that nature throws at us but with proper management and good stewardship we can manage what the outcome will be.

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