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t&"45&3/&%*5*0/ CROP MANAGEMENT 5 | The facts about phosphate rock Are we running out? By Dr. Robert Mikkelsen 10 | Quinoa and amaranth Using online tools to your advantage By Melanie Epp 22 | Cover crop solutions Four key management strategies using cover crops By Melanie Epp Ontario’s Winter Wheat Performance Trials provide data to growers to assist in choosing the right variety. PHOTO BY MELANIE EPP. 5 10 22 PHOTO BY STEFANIE CROLEY. PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE DRAVES. 6 CEREALS 13 TILLAGE AND PLANTING A look at strip till By Treena Hein 4 FROM THE EDITOR Seeding strategies By Melanie Epp Taking the long view By Stefanie Croley, Associate Editor 12 WEED MANAGEMENT Cropping system for soybeans improved By Donna Fleury 15 ENVIRONMENT Farmers helping farmers By Amy Petherick 26 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Plan to continue your success By Paul Vaillancourt 17 PESTS AND DISEASES Asian soybean rust By Melanie Epp 20 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT Keeping track By Treena Hein ON THE WEB WHEAT, CORN AND SOYBEAN CROPS INCREASE IN 2013 Canadian farmers have planted fewer acres of canola and barley this year, opting instead for larger areas of wheat varieties, corn and soybeans, according to Statistics Canada’s June Farm Survey. 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 | October 2013 3 PHOTOS BY MELANIE EPP.