Nov 2018 events and information

Thames Valley Region and Ontario Soil and Crop are proud to sponsor an intensive workshop session featuring Dave Brandt at the Ecological Farmers Annual Conference on December 4th at the Four Points Sheraton in London. Dave is a well-known producer from Ohio who has shared his cover crop experiences in Ontario many times. His session, “Multi-species cover crops and low-till strategies for field crops” will run from 9:30 am until 3:30.

“While in-season crops feed people and animals, off-season cover crops will feed the soil.  Join Dave Brandt as he delves deep into multi-species cover crops as a way to increase soil fertility and crop yields, control weeds and limit soil erosion in the field.  He will discuss how to determine what cover crop mix will work best for different farms and farm practices. He will also talk about his own no-till field crop practices that can increase organic matter, eliminate soil compaction and increase water filtration.  You won’t want to miss this day – your soil will thank you!”

EFAO members $100/Non-members $125 includes lunch. To Register:                                            Toll Free: 1-877-822-8606

2018 Corn Crop Update from Agricorp website—Nov 7/18

Agricorp is currently working with Production Insurance customers to confirm their decisions to destroy loads of corn that they cannot either sell or dry and store, so they can move forward with harvest.

Agricorp understands that customers have important decisions to make, and Agricorp is committed to ensuring that customers have the information they need to make the right business decisions for their farm.

2018 corn yields are expected to be above average. It is essential to note that these higher yields can offset low-yielding fields affected by deoxynivalenol (DON), and that this may not result in a Production Insurance claim payment. Adjusters are currently having these important conversations with affected customers to help them understand how Production Insurance works, including:

  • Ensuring that customers understand their yield guarantee and claim position
  • Assessing the yield potential of the remaining corn crop
  • Assessing storage options
  • Ensuring that customers understand the current DON levels being accepted in their area.

For Production Insurance, Agricorp will assign a zero yield to any corn destroyed due to DON. Agricorp recommends following OMAFRA’s best management practices for destroying corn to reduce impacts, including volunteer corn in 2019.

Producers who have storage options and who are waiting for an alternate market should continue to work with their adjuster on next steps. Refer to for more information on storage of DON-affected corn.

Agricorp asks that customers keep them updated on the condition of their crop as harvest continues.