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Newsletter  June 2014

For Durham, Peterborough, Victoria (CKL)/Haliburton, and York Soil & Crop Members
This Issue Sponsored By: OMAFRA, OSCIA and See Sponsor Ads
Allied Accounting - Leonard Dick Alpine Plant Food - Brad King BASF - Diane Hall
Bayer CropScience - Marieke Patton Dekalb - Dan Kaufman Evergreen John Deere - Tom Morawetz
FCC Canada Ganaraska Grain - Rafe Currelly Green Tractors - Ken Svendsen
Hub International Lindsay, Port Perry Hyland Seeds - Craig Carson Lockie Farms - Daryl Rush
Maizex Seeds - Chadd Taylor Midnight Acres Inc- Joe Hickson NK Seeds- Ed Warriner
Pearson Insurance Lindsay Pickseed Canada Pioneer - Tom Barrie
Royal Bank Reesor Seed and Grain Terratec Environmental

AREA NEWS and Events June EastCentral14.pdf 605 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk from links below for the same as mailed copy
or this link has all 3 together June EastCentral14printer.pdf 3058 kb.

July 10 GRAIN SAFETY DAY 9 am-4 pm. Lunch by Fire It Up BBQ. Feature Presentations by: Emergency Services Rescue Training, Inc. (ESRT) and the Safety and Technical Rescue Association. (SARTA) will share thoughts on how to avoid these types of traumatic emergencies and what you can do to help someone that has gotten themselves into trouble in a grain bin. Together, they will share information, along with demos on:
  • Best Management Practices around grain bins
  • Safer and more efficient Design Parameters for future grain handling facilities
  • Rescue equipment and skills to use to facilitate a rescue
Hosted/Sponsored in Memory of Gary Rush by: LOCKIE FARMS Grain Elevator 12799 Concession Rd #4, Zephyr
With the help and support of GFO District #12, Lockie Farms, Creighton's Crop Services/ Alliance Agri-turf, BASF Canada, Parrish & Heimbecker, Richardson’s, Hutchinson Farm Supply Inc., Bayer, NorAg Commodities, WSC Transport, London Agricultural Commodities, Green Tractors, Midnight Acres, Palmerston Grain, Growers Direct Exports, Horst Systems, Thompsons, Cargill, Shantz Farm Equipment, Pride Seeds More info at www.lockiefarms.com

August 12 York Soil and Crop BBQ 6 pm, Nobleton Farm Service (Green Tractors)

August 13 Peterborough SCIA bus tour going to Codrington area, south of Campbellford. First stop Maizeing Acres, next Ian Laver's , lunch, Jim Wolfe then either Kale Farm or Glovers Market. Bus Pick-up at Coffee Time, corner of highway 7 and 28 at 9 am. 2nd pick up Begg's parking lot Norwood 9:20 am. Arrive home Norwood at 4 pm. We will be viewing grain elevator, potato and sweet corn production, soybean and corn test plots and Kale. No Cost for Soil and Crop Members. $10 for Non Members. Bring a bag lunch, refreshments supplied. Contact Info: Jim Buck 705-696-2956 or 705-696-2567, Francis Crowley 705-639-5691.

OSCIA NEWS PDF file(1596 kb)

  • Message from the President
  • Attention Seed Growers
  • Encouraging Wood Turtle Habitat Through SARFIP
  • Managing Memberships in a New Age of Technology
  • Challenges in Defining Soil Health
  • Ontario Forage Masters
  • On-farm Corn Trials Follow-up
  • Seed Bytes
  • Canadian Seed Growers’ Annual Meeting
  • Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show Brunch Update

CROP TALK – By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(1108 kb)

  1. Scouting Alfalfa Fields for Potato Leafhopper
  2. The Appeal Of Late N Application In Corn
  3. Things To Watch For In 2014 Corn
  4. What is the Correct Time to Apply Foliar Fungicides to Soybeans?
  5. Cover Crops Following Cereals and Late Summer Harvested Crops
  6. Interpreting A Detailed Organic Amendment Analysis
  7. Don’t Lose Hay Yield To Poor P & K Fertility
  8. Considerations For Horse Owners Buying Hay

Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3) Project Update
Soil sampling has started again in earnest with the H-3 program. Matthew Flynn and Tyler DeLay have joined OMAF and MRA in May as summer students and these gentlemen will be leading the sampling efforts this summer. Matthew is an engineering student at Dalhousie University and Tyler is a biochemistry major at Trent University.
There are approximately 85 farms signed up for sampling and another 15-20 farms on the waiting list. Recognizing that 2014 is the final year of the project and the large number of farms to be sampled, we cannot promise that any new sign-ups to the project will be sampled through this project (we will try our best but no guarantees!)
As of May 9, approximately 110 samples on 6 farms have been collected for analysis thus far this spring.
Special thanks to Charlotte Caza and Margaret Chan. Charlotte and Margaret are OMAF and MRA summer students in Lindsay and have been able to join us in the sampling for the first few days of May. Their involvement has greatly helped us get off to a good start in 2014.
If you have more questions about the H-3 project, feel free to contact Peter Doris peter.doris@ontario.ca or 613 475 5604.
More information about H-3 can be found at:

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 $1000 - 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, 2014

Got a project? - Need some financial assistance?
Your 4-H or Soil and Crop Association can apply for up to $1100 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@i-zoom.net

President Jim Buck 705-696-2567
1st Vice Tom Barrie 905-623-6330
2nd Vice Peter Orr 905-859-0271
Past President John Kinghorn 705-374-4323
Sec-Treas Neil Moore 705-324-2594
OSCIA Director Don Oliver 705-742-2147
Regional Communication Coordinator Neil Moore 705-324-2594
Other Directors Jim Smith, Ed Hanson, Francis Crowley, Frank Hoftyzer, Jeff Steiner, Tom Patterson, Wayne Daniels, Bruce McKeown, Joel Bagg, Jack Kyle
Local Association - President - Sec/Treas
Durham Ed Hanson Tom Barrie
Peterborough Francis Crowley Jim Buck
Victoria(CKL) Bruce McKeown Wayne Daniels
York Mike O'Hara Tom Patterson