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East Central Soil & Crop News

March 2008
For Durham, Peterborough, Victoria (CKL) and York Soil & Crop Members

This Issue Sponsored By: OMAFRA, OSCIA, East Central members, and by

Brad King Alpine Plant Food, Ron Metcalf Quality and Pride Seeds, Tom Morawetz Evergreen John Deere,
Pearson Insurance, Lyle Gallagher Pickseed Canada, Craig Carson Hyland Seeds,
Sean Cochrane Dekalb, Joe Hickson Midnight Acres Inc, Ed Warriner NK Seeds,
Rafe Currelly Ganaraska Grain, Ian Page BASF, and Robert Hartle Royal Bank
Tom Barrie Pioneer, Terratec Environmental, and Hub International
See Sponsor Ads


Durham SCIA Spring meeting

April 8, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, at Alsar Farms Shop, Claremont. John Kersten
2865 8th Concession Rd, 2 mile w of Lake Ridge Rd (Durham 23)

Keith Reid, OMAFRA “Maximizing your Phosphorus $”
Marieke vanDorp, Bayer Crop Science “Bayer fungicide update”
Ian Page, BASF “BASF fungicide update”
Heather Moffat, Agricultural Marketing First “Grain Market update”

OSCIA NEWS PDF file(270 kb)

  • Message from the President
  • OSCIA Annual Meeting
  • OSCIA Seed Fair Grants
  • Membership
  • Hot off the Press! - Crop Advances
  • OSCIA Supplies
  • 2008 Ontario Forage Masters Program
  • Fertilizer BMP Grants
  • Cover Crops’ Ability to Carry N to
  • Subsequent Field Crop Results
  • Planning a Successful Meeting
  • Growing the Margins Conference

CROP TALK – By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(406 kb)

  1. Payback From Good Soil Management
  2. Soil Test Categories Have Changed to Probability of Response
  3. Price Ratios: What Are They, and Why Do We Care?
  4. Increasing Manure Value With Calibration
  5. Pasture Boosters & Supporters
  6. Soybean Fungicide and Insecticide Seed Treatments
  7. Fowl Meadow Grass (Poa Palustris) Control in an Established Alfalfa and Timothy Crop
  8. Starting Canola Off Right
  9. No Holds Barred!!
  10. Organic Field Crops in 2008

Monsanto Scholarships

Monsanto Canada has released details of its 2008 Opportunity Scholarship program for grade 12 graduating students from farm families who plan to pursue post-secondary education in agriculture or forestry. 2008 Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to eligible students entering their first year of post-secondary education in agricultural sciences or forestry at a recognized Canadian educational institution. In 2008, Monsanto will award approximately 50 to 60 deserving students with a $1,500 scholarship to help pay for their studies. Entering its 17th year, the Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarship Program has awarded almost $1 million to thousands of deserving students since the program's inception in 1991.

"Our scholarship program continues to grow and it is certainly one of the most rewarding programs we provide through our corporate giving program," said Trish Jordan, public affairs director with Monsanto Canada. "Every year we are impressed by the achievements and commitment of the students who apply and it is terrific to see the very best and brightest wanting to pursue careers in agriculture or forestry."

Monsanto Canada Opportunity Scholarships are available to students who meet the following criteria:
- Students must come from a family farm and/or forestry background with confirmed plans to enroll in their first year of post-secondary education in an agricultural sciences or forestry program;
- Students must have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a keen interest and involvement in their rural community;
- Students must submit a completed application form, which includes an essay that outlines what area of agriculture or forestry they would like to work in and why;
- All completed application forms must be post-marked no later than May 16, 2008.

Scholarship application forms and posters in both French and English were distributed to high schools, 4-H Clubs, provincial and federal agriculture offices, farm retail outlets and seed companies. Application forms are also available from Monsanto's CustomCare® line at 1-800-667-4944 or they can be accessed online at www.monsanto.ca.

Greencover Canada (GC) is designed to help agricultural producers improve land management practices, promote sustainable land use, protect water quality, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, and enhance biodiversity and wildlife habitat. In Ontario, the program is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Additional information can be obtained from the OSCIA website at www.ontariosoilcrop.org.

Waring Creek Watershed Project
Coordinating Agency: Prince Edward Stewardship Council in partnership with landowners in Waring Creek Watershed, Waring Creek Improvement Association, Prince Edward County Federation of Agriculture, Prince Edward Soil and Crop Improvement Association, Quinte Conservation, Ontario Wetland Habitat Fund, Ministry of Natural Resources Glenora Research Station, Ministry of Natural Resources Community Fisheries and the Wildlife Improvement Program Prince Edward Stewardship Council, Tel: 613-478-2330 www.ontariostewardship.org—report will be sent later when approved