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AREA NEWS and Events Mar_EastCentral2014.pdf 510 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy
Wednesday April 9 Durham SCIA Spring Shop Meeting 10 am at John Kersten’s Alsar Farms Shop, Claremont. 2865 8th Concession Rd, 2 mile W of Lake Ridge Rd (Durham 23). Coffee at 9:30
Outdoor furnace heats shop and house—John to give a report and tour of furnace
Peter Archer of Maizeing Acres Inc update on crop marketing for 2014
Other topics possible
Lunch courtesy of Dupont Pioneer
2014 East Central Farm Show UpdateThe 34th East Central Farm Show was held on March 5 and 6 at the Lindsay fairgrounds.
Special thanks to the soil and crop members volunteering at the door. Thanks to the 4-H lunch group for supplying us with tasty snacks, lunch tickets and coffee.
Over 3000 came in the main door and almost 2500 paid the $5 admission. 224 memberships were sold and of course soil and crop members got in free. We have heard from some entering from the side doors that a significant number were also doing so. The result is we do not know how many were actually there. The attendance at the front door on Wednesday was equal to the attendance over the 2 days a few years ago. Thursday was a normal day. Attendance has been increasing by about 200 each of the last few years.
Thanks to the 176 exhibitors—170 in the Farmers Mutual Exhibition Building and 6 in the Show Ring. The Show Ring also had exhibits from 6 exhibitors from the main building. Six exhibitors had equipment outside.
Thanks to the exhibitors providing items for the door prizes. Unfortunately the sound system was picking up interference from an unknown source and had to be turned off.
Special thanks also to the staff of the Lindsay Agricultural Society (Andy, Mary, Brenda, and Cory). Thanks to the parking crew (Stacey, Scott and Jeff)
Lifetime Achievement Winner John Kinghorn, East Central RegionJohn spent the first half of his working life as a valued employee of General Motors of Canada ending his career as Manager of the truck plant.
John was Provincial Director for East Central SCIA from 2003-2008. He was a peer review chair for the Environmental Farm Plan for several years. John is currently chair of East Central SCIA, Secretary of the Steering Committee for the East Central Farm Show, promoter and over-seer of many projects for East Central like the Switch Grass project, the alfalfa yield and quality project, and a major push for any project connected in any way to agriculture or the environment.
In addition to good soil conservation strategies on his own farm such as the spreading of red clover to improve pastures, he is also a promoter of solar-powered watering systems to keep cattle away from sensitive wetland areas. He also purchased a power seeder to reseed pastures with less disturbance of the soil. John has pastured cattle for many years on the Garden Plain and has played an instrumental role in helping conservationists understand how beneficial pasturing practices are for the environment.
John has been recognized by the Garden Nature Festival for his outstanding work as an "environmental steward", and is always the guy that has the ideas for new projects and a willing host for car tours and projects.
John still plays old timers' hockey!
Upon retiring, he assumed the management of the family farm in Woodville. He farmed with his father Chester for a number of years and since his father's passing, the farm and farming community have been his passion.
Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3) Project Update
Since project inception in August 2012, sampling has been done on approximately 65 different farm operations and samples have been submitted from over 450 fields. While the nutrient levels vary significantly from field to field, many fields are showing lower levels of P and K than the farmer suspected.
This is the last year for the project and about 85 farms have been signed up. Farmers who have soil samples collected through local farm supply companies or manure and biosolids application companies are welcome to participate in the program.
When a farmer receives the results from his/her soil test, the typical response is often along the lines of “what does this mean/what do I do now?” The answers will be discussed at upcoming workshops this year. Recognizing that having a soil test is only the first step, the workshop will discuss understanding the soil test results, options for nutrient budgeting and field mapping.
In summary, the participating H-3 farmers pay for lab analysis. For this investment, a person came to the farm to collect the samples and send them to the lab. East Central Region Soil and Crop Improvement pays for the sulphur and organic matter tests. In addition, farmers are encouraged to participate in the workshops to understand the results and how these results can help optimize crop nutrient budgeting on the farm.
If you are interested in soil testing, please contact Peter Doris, OMAF and MRA firstname.lastname@example.org or 613 475 5604. More information about H-3 can be found at: http://www.regionalscia.org/partner.html
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.
Applications accepted until December 31, 2014
|Got a project? - Need some financial
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, email@example.com
|EAST CENTRAL Executive|
|1st Vice||Jim Buck||705-696-2567|
|2nd Vice||Tom Barrie||905-623-6330|
|Past Pres||Peter Orr||905-859-0271|
|OSCIA Director||Don Oliver||705-742-2147|
|Regional Communication Coordinator||Neil Moore||705-324-2594|
|Other Directors Jim Smith, Ed Hanson, Frank Hoftyzer, Francis Crowley, 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|