Introducing RAIN’s- Alternative Legumes Project

Alfalfa is commonly grown as a forage crop in Ontario, but due to its sensitivity to wet and cold conditions it may not be the most suited to our Northern Ontario climate. By evaluating how alternative perennial legumes perform in Northern Ontario in comparison to alfalfa we can find the forage that best suits the needs of our local farmers, …

Introducing RAIN’s- Malting Barley Variety Trial

In recent years there has been a large increase in the number of craft breweries in Ontario, and as such the demand for malting barley in the country has increased. Currently the majority of the malted barley used in Ontario is being produced in Western Canada but recently the Canadian Malting Company has been taking interest in Northern Ontario’s grain …

Fair Finance Transforms Local Food in Ontario

Small flock chicken coop? Incubator farm? Local pizza and brewery? Community cannery? Co-operative abattoir? All the dreams of new local food and farm social enterprises just got closer to reality. The Local Food and Farm Co-ops (LFFC) is proud to announce a new initiative, the Fair Finance Fund for the local food and farm sector, and to work with the …

Taste Northern Ontario Case Study

A Case Study of Taste Northern Ontario, a delegation of eight businesses that attended the Restaurants Canada Show 2018 In 2017-18, the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN), a division of SSM Innovation Centre, and Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance (NOFIA) formed a partnership to organize a delegation of northern Ontario businesses to attend the Restaurants Canada Trade Show 2018. The purpose …

Sulphur Fertilization- Canola

Since the 1850s, air pollution provided enough sulphur for crop production in Ontario, except in the northwest. Since the world has been decreasing industrial pollution, some plants may need sulphur as a fertilizer. Ontario does not have a recommendation for sulphur application. Since brassicas are a group of non-leguminous crop that have a high sulphur demand and grow well in …

Come plant trees to restore the Bar River

Volunteers wanted to help plant trees for river bank restoration The Rural-Agri Innovation Network (RAIN) is looking for twenty volunteers to help a Laird Township producer plant trees in efforts to restore a shoreline along Bar River. The “Riparian Awareness and Action with Algoma Producers and Communities” is funded by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. This project …

Sulphur Rates on Forage Brassica Mix

  Since the 1850s, air pollution provided enough sulphur for crop production in Ontario, except in the northwest. As the world has been decreasing industrial pollution, some plants may need sulphur as a fertilizer. Ontario does not have a recommendation for sulphur application. Since brassicas are a group of non-leguminous crops that have a high sulphur demand and grow well …

Sulphur Fertilization on Brassica Vegetables

Since the 1850s, air pollution provided enough sulphur for crop production in Ontario, except in the northwest. As the world has been decreasing industrial pollution, some plants may need sulphur as a fertilizer. Ontario does not have a recommendation for sulphur application. Since brassicas are a group of non-leguminous crop that have a high sulphur demand and grow well in …

Nitrogen Rates on Forage Sorghum

Local experience in the Algoma District has indicated that satisfactory yields from forage sorghum can be obtained using less nitrogen fertilizer than recommended, or none at all. This project was to determine experimentally whether it is economical to apply nitrogen fertilizer to forage sorghum at the rate currently recommended. This project was completed at Algoma Community Pastures, where four blocks …