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East Central Soil & Crop
Newsletter  March 2011

For Durham, Peterborough, Victoria (CKL)/Haliburton, and York Soil & Crop Members

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OMAFRA, OSCIA Alpine Plant Food - Brad King BASF - Ian Page
Dekalb - Dan Kaufman Evergreen John Deere - Tom Morawetz FCC Canada
Ganaraska Grain - Rafe Currelly Hub International Lindsay, Port Perry Hyland Seeds - Craig Carson
Lockie Farms - Daryl Rush Maizex Seeds - Chad Mangan Midnight Acres Inc- Joe Hickson
NK Seeds- Ed WarrinerPearson Insurance LindsayPickseed Canada - Lyle Gallagher
Pioneer - Tom Barrie Royal Bank in Peterborough Reesor Seed and Grain
Terratec Environmental

AREA NEWS and Events        OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below

Thursday, March 24th is sign-up night for Durham East 4-H
from 7 pm - 8:30 pm. It's a come-and-go evening at the Base Line Community Centre, 2444 Base Line Road, Bowmanville.
Members must be 9 to 21 years of age as of January 1, 2011. Various clubs are available this year such as baking, biking, woodworking to dairy, sheep and beef clubs, all for only a $60 membership.

Sunderland Co-op Marketing meeting Grain Markets Update Tuesday March 22
Sunderland Legion, 11 am Lunch Provided
Guest Speaker Cal Whewell FCStone
RSVP to Paul Robertson (705)953-9660 by March 18

April 8 Durham SCIA Spring Meeting, 10 am to 2 pm, Jim Smith's Shop
near Blackwater (11400 Hwy 12, RR4 Sunderland). Speakers: Greg Stewart on Corn, Tom Barrie and Don Richard on Soybeans,
Steve Carruthers on Tillage Radish; maybe planter clinic.
Meetings are always open to neighbouring Counties/Regions

April 13 York SCIA Spring Meeting, 10 am to 3 pm, Ken Wells' Shop 13825 McCowan Rd (NE corner McCowan and Bloomington).
Speaker: Peter Johnson, OMAFRA - Interpreting Soil Tests in the morning (bring your questions), lunch, in afternoon - Fine Tuning Soybeans - calibrating soybean seeding rates with seed drills, what population to use lbs/ac or seeds per acre, seeding depth, row width.
Meetings are always open to neighbouring Counties/Regions

OSCIA NEWS PDF file(296 kb)

  • Message from the President
  • OSCIA 2011 Annual Meeting
  • OSCIA Membership Benefits
  • Lake Simcoe Clean-up Fund
  • Seed Bytes
  • CSGA Annual Meeting
  • NEW OSCIA Member Benefit

CROP TALK – By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(187 kb)

  1. What Corn Yield Do I Use for the N Calculator?
  2. Comparing Herbicide Programs in Identity Preserved (IP) Soybeans
  3. "Boron on Trial" for Spring Canola Growers
  4. Does Early Planting Along with Late Maturing Varieties Increase Soybean Yields?
  5. GMO Alfalfa
  6. Temporary Field Storage of Manure in Winter
  7. Planning for the 2011 Grazing Season
  8. So Long and Thanks!
  9. Good Soil Structure Essential for Optimum Crop Growth

East Central Scholarships ,
Criteria: Students living in the East Central area Durham, Haliburton, Peterborough, Victoria, York
- enrolled in their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at a post-secondary institution or an agricultural college.
Four scholarships in the amount of $750 - selection takes into account academic performance,
leadership, contribution to community, involvement in rural youth organizations with emphasis on
conservation and environmental goals.
Contact: http://www.regionalscia.org/scholarships.html
Applications accepted until December 31, 2011

Got a project? - Need some financial assistance?
Your 4-H or Soil and Crop Association can apply for up to $750 towards the project.
Applications may be made to the East Central Region Soil and Crop Improvement Association for up to $750 for Soil & Crop or 4-H projects in the East Central area.
Decision to accept the project will reflect the mandate of the East Central Soil & Crop Improvement Association.
a) To encourage the adoption of such soil and crop management practices that are best suited to the soil and climatic conditions of the Region.
b) To organize, coordinate, sponsor, and facilitate with projects and outreach on a regional basis that 'Communicate and Facilitate the Economic Management of Soil, Water, Air and Crops' through field days, special meetings, field crop demonstrations, or other activities as decided upon by the Directors.
c) To co-operate with other agricultural organizations of common interests.

Contact: Neil Moore 705-324-2594, nmoore@trytel.net

Projects approved to date include a 4-H club trip in 2009, the 2010 York SCIA/Cattlemen Bus Trip, the 2010 Durham West 4-H exchange program, and also for 2010

to encourage interest in growing field crops, all the 4-H members completing their projects in the Field Crops Clubs in the East Central Region will be given $25

Establishment of C4 Bio-Fuel Grasses
is the Regional Project the East Central SCIA will be working on for 2009-2011
Co-operators are
John Kinghorn, Woodville
with U of G staff
Tom Barrie, Bowmanville and Frank & Julia Hoftyzer, Hastings
Under the Guidance of Joel Bagg, OMAFRA
For 2010 the project has been expanded with a field of Switchgrass and Big Bluestem planted by co-operator Frank & Julia Hoftyzer, Hastings.

EAST CENTRAL Executive,
President Peter Orr 905-859-0271
Sec-Treas Neil Moore 705-324-2594
1st Vice John Kinghorn 705-374-4323
2nd Vice Jim Buck 705-696-2567
Past Pres Jim Smith 705-357-3677
OSCIA Director Don Oliver 705-742-2147
Regional Communication Coordinator Neil Moore 705-324-2594
Other Directors Tom Barrie, Frank Hoftyzer, Paul Sherwin, Jeff Steiner, Wayne Daniels, John Hickson, Rae Junkin, Peter Peeters, Joel Bagg, and Jack Kyle


Local Association - President - Sec/Treas
Durham - Bob Stone - Tom Barrie
Peterborough - Scott Baptie - Jim Buck
Victoria(CKL) - John Hickson - Wayne Daniels
York - Chris Burkholder - Tom Patterson