Eastern Canadian Grain Farm
In this 360° tour and other videos, you’ll tour a working Ontario grain farm and meet the farm families. They’ll explain how they grow, care for and harvest their crops.
Grain produced by Canadian farmers is used for many things the world over–not just food. But before grain can be turned into food, ethanol, bioplastics, or feed for animals, a lot of work has to be done first. Welcome to a Canadian grain farm based in Ontario! In this video, you'll learn all there is to know about how grain is planted, grown and harvested in Ontario.
Crop Protection in Grain Farming
If you’ve ever wondered about pesticides and chemicals used on crops, then this video is for you. Jeff, an Ontario grain farmer, talks about what crop protection products are, how and why farmers use them, and why using them wisely is so important to farmers.
Q&A with a Grain Farmer
People usually have a lot of questions for farmers about how they grow food. This video features Jeff, an Ontario grain farmer, answering the most popular—and most often asked—questions about grain farming.
Life of a Grain Farming Family
Ever wonder what it’s like to grow up on a grain farm? In this video, you’ll meet Kyle, Julie, Logan, Emery and Hudson, a typical Ontario grain farming family. Learn about their day-to-day life, and the struggles and triumphs of raising a family on an Ontario grain farm.
Healthy Soil Healthy Grain
Taking care of the soil is very important to farmers. This video features Ontario grain farmers Kyle and Julie. They’ll help you learn about what farmers are doing to keep their soil healthy and full of nutrients for growing crops.
- Approximately 6 million acres of barley, corn, oats, soybeans and wheat are grown in Ontario alone.
- Soybeans are used to make oil, animal feed, and even tofu and soy beverages.
- An acre is the size of about 2.5 hockey rinks.
- 1 cup of chemical is enough to cover and protect 1 acre of cropland—or 2.5 hockey rinks.
- Herbicides control weeds. Fungicides control disease. Insecticides control detrimental insects.
- Detrimental insects are those that can eat or otherwise destroy crops.
- Depending on the crop, harvest season in Ontario can begin as early as July and last until December.
- Grain farmers use a combine to harvest their crops. It has different “heads” that attach to the front, depending on the crop being harvested.
- High moisture grain is put into a special bin, called a dryer, to dry it by pushing warm air through the grain.
- Once harvested and dry, Ontario grain can be loaded onto a truck, a train, or even a boat to be shipped around the world and made into various products we use everyday.