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James and Joan McKinlay at their farm in northeastern Grey County, about two and a half hours northwest of Toronto.

Ontario beef producers help young people get into farming

James and Joan McKinlay recognize the importance of setting up the next generation to succeed

James and Joan McKinlay are passionate about beef farming. They also believe strongly in the next generation and in the role established producers can play in getting young farmers started in the industry. It’s a philosophy they’ve put into practice on their own farm, working with their son and four other young people to start […] Read more

Dr. Robin White speaks at Beef Symposium 2019 in Guelph.

Harnessing precision technology for better beef profitability

Profitable periods can be elusive in the beef industry, but new precision technologies could be a way to greater returns. That’s according to Dr. Robin White, assistant professor of integrated beef production systems management at Virginia Tech, who spoke at the 2019 Beef Symposium in Guelph, Ont., this past winter. “We want to influence the feedback […] Read more






OSCIA: Disease awareness can improve alfalfa yield, quality

Traditional diseases affecting alfalfa crops are as prevalent as emerging ones — that’s the somewhat surprising finding of the 2012 alfalfa disease survey that was conducted in Ontario last year to look at incidence, distribution and severity of many common diseases affecting commercial alfalfa fields in Ontario. “We were initially thinking we would find mostly […] Read more


OSCIA: Weather key in N recommendations for high-yield corn

Weather can make a big difference in the amount of nitrogen recommended for growing high-yielding corn. This is part of preliminary findings from a project led by corn specialist Greg Stewart of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food in Guelph, which is evaluating Ontario’s corn nitrogen calculator to determine the accuracy of its recommendations […] Read more

Crop Advances: Disease scouting helps maintain Ont. corn quality

Regular survey for the presence of corn diseases and pests can help farmers and plant breeders adapt to emerging trends — and protect and grow markets. This is particularly important for seed corn production, where Ontario is a recognized leader in North America, producing high yields and high quality. "These surveys help give us a […] Read more


Certified Angus Beef Targets Canada

Rising beef consumption and the growing popularity of branded products are good news for the future of beef production. This is especially true for Canadian cattle farmers and ranchers, as a leading branded beef company based in the U.S. is turning its eyes northward to expand its supply. Dr. Larry Corah, vice-president of Certified Angus […] Read more

NATIONAL E. COLI 0157 VACCINATION WOULD PAY

Foodborne illness is something nobody wants to experience. It’s unpleasant, costly and, in the case of illness caused by E. coli 0157:H7, can cause lasting health problems or even death. The total economic cost of E. coli 0157:H7-related illness is high — as are costs associated with its prevention. A newly released study shows that […] Read more