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A weekly report prepared by the staff of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). If you require further information, regarding this report, call the Elora Resource Centre at 519-846-0941. Office hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm. For technical information, call the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or visit the OMAFRA website:


In Ontario, soybean seedling diseases and root rots are the second most important yield limiting diseases and this year is no different. Cool soil temperatures along with early rains has resulted in a large number of soybean fields needing to be replanted and the significant rainfall recently has had a negative impact on soybeans in many areas. Diagnosing these early season diseases in the field can be difficult since the symptoms of the various seedling blights and root rots are very similar.

They can also be easily mistaken for other problems such as pre-emergence herbicide damage (group 14 PPO-inhibitors or group 5- photosynthetic inhibitors). Infected plants are often weak and less vigorous. This week we will discuss four common early soybean seedling diseases and their management.  Phytophthora root rot, Rhizoctonia root rot, Fusarium root rot and Pythium seedling blight

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Publication 855: Kidding Diary - The Kidding Diary Publication 855 is a practical way for dairy goat producers to record kidding activity in the barn.

The book contains pages to record kids born, breeding records, record deadstock information, health treatments and cull. There is also a kidding date calculator and a small section on caring for hypothermic kids.

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Now available online and in print from

- 17-001 Reducing Energy Use in Grain Dryers;

- 17-003 Troubleshooting Cold Storage Problems;

- 17-005 Renting Your Land Sustainably;

- 17-007 Using Ungraded Lumber in Farm Buildings;

- 17-009 Transport Guidelines for Small Flock Poultry Owners; and

- 17-011 Biosecurity for Poultry Shows.

Coming Events:

July 13 to 16 - Listowel Fair – 5699 Perth Line 86.  Visit website or call 519-291-2776 for more information.

 July 18 - Listowel Day 2 - Growing Forward 2 - Growing Your Farm Profits (GYFP) – Planning for Business Success. Start the business planning process by attending the two-day interactive workshop. You will assess business management practices, determine priorities and key goals, develop realistic action plans and learn about cost sharing funding opportunities. For more information and to register for workshops, visit or call 519-955-3139.

July 19 - Elora Day 2 - Growing Forward 2 - Canada-Ontario Environmental Farm Plan (EFP). Producers are invited to attend the EFP (Fourth Edition) two-day workshop to learn about best management practices, develop an action plan for their farm and learn about cost-sharing opportunities. For more information and to register for workshops, visit or call 519-955-3139.


July 14, 2017


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