T OP CROP MANAGER CROP MANAGEMENT CEREALS KNOW. GROW. OCTOBER 2017 • EASTERN EDITION PESTS AND DISEASES 5 | Understanding plant communication Researchers discover the mere sight of competition is enough to stress crops. By Madeleine Baerg 8 | Better barley for Ontario Aiming for higher-yielding, Fusarium-resistant cultivars for malting and feed. By Carolyn King 14 | Fusarium-fighting bacteria Fascinating insights and practical advances from University of Guelph researchers. By Carolyn King 5 Soybeans are able to recognize different plant species and alter their growth depending on the neighbour. FILE PHOTO. 8 14 FROM THE EDITOR 4 Unintended consequences By Brandi Cowen TILLAGE AND SEEDING 10 Strip tilling for higher yields By Trudy Kelly Forsythe SPECIAL SECTION: HARVESTING 18 Minimizing harvest losses under wet conditions By Madeleine Baerg 20 BMPs pay dividends at corn harvest By Madeleine Baerg ON THE WEB FROM FARM KID TO FARM OWNER: HOW TO TRANSITION OWNERSHIP There’s a lot to think about as families prepare the next generation to take over the family farm. An important aspect not to overlook is identifying the skills needed and then getting the training to develop or strengthen those skills – and they aren’t the same skills as in yesteryear. ON THE COVER: familyfarmsuccession.ca 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 2017 3 PHOTO COURTESY OF WALAA MOUSA. PHOTO COURTESY OF NIA HUGHES FILE PHOTO.