Top Crop Manager

Top Crop Manager
Controlled drainage

Controlled drainage

On flat cropland, controlled drains may become the new norm in Ontario, replacing conventional tile drainage on many of the province’s farms.

Views from the sky

Views from the sky

Does using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) make sense for your crop operation?

Soybean sudden death syndrome

Soybean sudden death syndrome

Plant pathologist Albert Tenuta with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is collaborating with researchers in the United States to fine-tune management options for soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS).

Industry role in clubroot management

Industry role in clubroot management

Equipment, tools and footwear carrying clubroot-infested soil can easily spread this devastating canola disease from field to field.

Delving into white mould resistance

Delving into white mould resistance

The results of a recently completed project are shedding light on how soybean plants respond to white mould at the cellular and molecular levels.

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North American Manure Expo comes to Canada...
For the first time ever, the North American Manure Expo is being hosted within a Canadian province. The annual show is being held August 20 and 21, 2013, at the University of Guelph’s Arkell Research Station, located near Guelph, Ontario. So, what's a Manure Expo and why should you attend? This video will provide all the dirt.
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Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitatio...
Expert Dr. Susan Watkins discusses Water Sanitation
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The population explosion...
With the world's population increasing exponentially and farmland staying the same, BASF took to the streets to ask consumers if this trend is sustainable.

Business & Policy

Three tips for reporting farm income Three tips for reporting farm income

January 9, 2015 - For the average Canadian, the year starts in January and ends in December. But for a typical farmer, the business year begins when seeds are first planted and ends when the fields are put to bed. It's over the course of these months that farmers' singular focus is on what they produce and sell to their customers. But as with every business owner, farmers have to devote part of their attention to what they've earned in the past year so they can make the necessary information known and available to the government.The following tips should help you prepare your farm income quickly so you can put your focus back on what's most important – managing and maintaining your farm operation. 1. Understand what farm income isOf course, farming is an umbrella term that references more than grain and vegetable production. Farm income includes a variety of activities where the product will be made available for sale such as raising livestock, poultry or fish, operating a tree farm, nursery or greenhouse, as well as maple tree tapping for commercial use.Additionally, other forms of farm income may include dairy, beekeeping, fur farming, racehorse maintenance, wind turbine income or feedlot operation. There are some exceptions, however, that may apply, so it's a good idea to talk to a tax professional when there are other factors that may be unique. 2. Know what farm income does not includeJust as key to knowing what farm income is taxable is what money is not considered earnings. If your income is from trappings, for instance, this isn't considered farming income. Also, if your earnings came from working as an employee in another farming business, this also isn't considered farming income, thus isn't subject to the same tax rules. 3. Use correct formsTax reform efforts by the government have tried to simplify the tax filing process. But it can still be confusing trying to figure out which form is needed. When preparing your farm income, you can use Form T2042 from CRA. This is also the form you'll use to make a formal statement of your farming activities. Managing your farm business includes accurate reporting of income and maintaining appropriate records. Be sure to talk to a tax professional t