T OP CROP MANAGER FORAGES AND FEED CROP MANAGEMENT Know. Grow. November 2012 • eASTerN ediTioN TILLAGE AND SEEDING 6 | Reduce forage frustrations with fertility growers are taking a hard look at their forage production strategies. By Jeanine Moyer 16 | Crop Drought tolerance Why did some crops do better than others this year? By Melanie Epp 13 | It’s better to till in the zone Identifying what management options farmers can implement. By Amy Petherick 6 16 13 Cover photo Drought stressed Corn Field. Photo by bruce sargent. PESTS AND DISEASES buSINESS MANAGEMENT FROM THE EDITOR 10 The future of crop insect control? By Treena Hein TILLAGE AND SEEDING 18 Cool tools: Introducing the aphid advisor by Melanie Epp CROP MANAGEMENT 4 Is Dry the new normal? By Sara Avoledo OPINION 26 Improved Costs with no till By Karen Daynard and Dave Cussons 22 20 years of crop rotation By Melanie Epp 30 Traceability for Crops By Bruce Saunders ON THE WEB SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS TAKES AIM AT CREATING WEALTH FOR PRODUCERS $18 billion dollars of food is imported into ON each year. That would be $500,000 in farm revenues and 10,000 direct and indirect jobs for local producers. ON THE COVER: www.agannex.com Readers will find numerous references to pesticide and fertility applications, methods, timing and rates in the pages of Top Crop Manager. We encourage growers to check product registration status and consult with provincial recommendations and product labels for complete instructions. Top Crop Manager east | november 2012 3 Photos by Dr. Craig Drury. Photo by Jeanine Moyer. Photo by: sara avoleDo.