Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we will look forward to a time when we can reschedule our crop tour in Dufferin County. COVID-19 may not have directly affected many farmers as working in isolation comes with the territory. However, the agricultural and food related sectors, from trucking to processing, are so critical and so we need to continually practice the health guidelines and stay safe until we get through these times. Hence, our last county meeting was conducted virtually with excellent attendance from our directors in an effort to adjust to the new norm.
In the field, the winter wheat crop was impressive and cover crops have been going in steady over the past few weeks. It’s fantastic to see the continued trend of cover crops as a soil health focus in Dufferin country. Many growers taking advantage of the conservation programs available in their area covering some of the cost of seed.
The soybean crop has really held well considering the drought periods we have experienced this growing season. It’s amazing how quickly beans are turning and many are optimistic on getting in an early wheat crop.
Overall, pest pressures were low this growing season with some pockets of armyworm in wheat that required action. Beans did see some spider mites in pockets that really snuck up on us in early August. Western Bean Cutworm gave us a break this year according to tracking numbers and field scouting. Otherwise, growers appear to be happy with the hand dealt to us this year.
Lastly, I wish everyone a safe and healthy harvest season and I hope to see everyone soon.