March 2016

Early Planting: Risks and Rewards

By |March 30th, 2016|

In the aftermath of the spring ice storm that hit Ontario and other regions last week, growers may be reconsidering any ideas they had about early planting. While we are unlikely to see any more storms with snow and ice accumulation of that magnitude, another cold snap is not impossible – even well into the […]

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February 2016

New varieties: Roundup Ready 2 Xtend™ soybeans

By |February 9th, 2016|

A new product from one of PROSeeds’ suppliers, Monsanto Company, Roundup Ready 2 XtendTM soybeans, has been making headlines in the ag industry news.  Monsanto Company announced the commercial launch of this new product on February 3, 2016 after receiving import approval in China.

At PROSeeds, we work hard to source the optimal seed for our […]

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December 2015

Important reasons for conducting Soybean research & demonstration plots

By |December 4th, 2015|

Soybean research and demonstration plots are planted and harvested at many Ontario locations on an annual basis. Plots are planted for various reasons including:

Product brand recognition,
Product performance and yield evaluation,
Comparison against competitive varieties of similar maturity, and
To determine variety disease tolerance in situations of actual field production based on various soil types, field drainage and […]

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November 2015

Neonic Reg Compliance – When is a Professional Pest Advisor Required?

By |November 17th, 2015|

Under the new Ontario Neonicotinoid (Neonic) Regulations, a soil inspection is required every year for access to Neonic-treated soy or corn seed.

Until August 30, 2016, any grower can conduct the soil inspection and complete the Pest Assessment Report.
After August 30, 2016, growers will need to be Integrated Pest Management (IPM) certified to conduct the soil […]

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October 2015

Neonic Reg Compliance – Two Methods of Pest Assessment

By |October 29th, 2015|

As Ontario growers are likely aware by now, to plant more than 50% of their land with Neonic treated soybean or corn, growers must conduct and submit a Pest Assessment Report demonstrating that there is a pest problem. There are two methods of pest assessment:

Soil Inspection:

To assess for wireworms and grubs
Has phased-in schedules for who […]

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PROSeeds at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show 2015!

By |October 13th, 2015|

September brought another edition of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to Woodstock, Ontario. PROSeeds boasted a new location that included plots for Genuity and IP soybeans as well as Legend corn! The site was impossible to miss, with custom landscaping, unique activities, and attention grabbing plots. We could not have asked for better weather, as the […]

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July 2015

New Ontario Neonic Regs – What You Need to Know

By |July 30th, 2015|

The government of Ontario aims to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 80 per cent by 2017. The intent is to ensure that neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds are used only when there is a demonstrated pest problem. To that end, new regulations on the sale and use […]

Canadian bees in crisis? Latest data says no.

By |July 30th, 2015|

There has been much debate across Canada, and in Ontario in particular, about whether or not use of neonics are causing a crisis in the bee population, or whether there is a bee crisis at all.

While politics have resulted in the introduction of new regulations related to neonic use – more on these regs in […]

To Spray or Not To Spray? That is the Question

By |July 28th, 2015|

Today’s blog post comes from PROSeeds’ Regional Sales Manager for Southwestern Ontario, Neil Batchelor.

Among the many things that vex growers during the course of the growing season is the question of fungicide application and whether or not an actual profitable return will be realized at the end of the day. After all, fungicide is not […]

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The importance of scouting your fields

By |July 24th, 2015|

“Scout early and scout often”, recommends the United Soybean Board. And “scout properly” adds an article from Farm Journal Media.

“The best way to help your crop is to know your crop and the best way to do both is to get out and scout your fields.” Instead of simply following the same crop management methods […]