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Newsletter  March 2015

For Durham, Peterborough, Victoria (CKL)/Haliburton, and York Soil & Crop Members
This Issue Sponsored By: OMAFRA, OSCIA and See Sponsor Ads
Allied Associates LLP - Leonard Dick Alpine BASF - Diane Hall
Bayer CropScience - Marieke Patton Dekalb - Dan Kaufman Evergreen John Deere - Tom Morawetz
FCC Canada Ganaraska Grain - Rafe Currelly Gowanlea Ltd
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 Thomsons

AREA NEWS and Events March East Central15localweb.pdf 525 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy or this link has all 3 together March EastCentral15printer.pdf 2091 kb.

OSCIA NEWS PDF file(469 kb)

  • Message from the President
  • OSCIA Launches Soil and Crop Sustainability Fund
  • OSCIA Soil Champion Award
  • 'Dirt: Soil Health and what is at stake'
  • OSGA Summer Field Day - June 30th
  • Water Flow Monitoring Systems Investigated
  • 2014 Crop Advances
  • New OSCIA Grant Structure Brings New Opportunities for Local/Regional Associations
  • OSCIA Environmental Cost-Share Programs
  • Neonicotinoid Seed Treatment Efficacy Study On-Farm Corn and Soybean Trials - 2015

CROP TALK - By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(707 kb)

  1. A New and Improves Soil Nitrate Test for Corm!
  2. Permit - Guidelines For Use In Field Corn
  3. White Mould In Soybeans
  4. Establishing A New Pasture
  5. Making the Most of Your On-Farm Trials
  6. Bacterial Blight In Dry Beans Goes Airborne
  7. Consider Seeding Red Clover In Spring Wheat
  8. Do Soybeans Require Insects For Pollination?
Durham Soil Crop Improvement Association and Gowanlea Jim and Dave Smith, 11400 Hwy 12, Sunderland

Present: Spring Update Tuesday March 31

10 am Safety Equipment with Acklands-Grainger representative
Sprayer update speaker to be determined
Lunch by Leadbetter Catering
Cover Crops by Blake Vince (did research project on cover crops as a Nuffield scholar).

Further info contact Ed Hanson ed@cangrow.com Tom Barrie 613-623-3330 tomsallybarrie@gmail.com
York Soil Crop Improvement Association and M-K Farms Murray and Kim Empringham and family, 12900 Kennedy Rd, Whitchurch Stouffville

Present: Plant Safely Wednesday April 1

10 am Farming and Safety Brad Harvey St Lawrence Grains and Farm Supply
Greg Stewart Maizex, former OMAFRA corn specialist
Lunch by Leadbetter Catering
Ethiopian Foodgrains Tour Presentation Chris Burkholder and Merle Reesor
Tom Snyder Grand River Planters

Further info call Bryan 905-936-4403

Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3) Project Results 2012-2014
A total of 1281 samples were submitted to the A & L laboratory over the 3 years.

Average soil test result/concentration for phosphorus (bicarbonate extraction method, also known as Olsen method) for all samples over the 3 year trial was 21 ppm and median value was 14 ppm. Median is the value where half the samples are above this value and half the values are below.
Approximately 36% of samples have a value of 10 ppm or less. According to the recommendations in the OMAFRA Agronomy Guide Publication 811, soil test values of 10 ppm or lower would very likely see a positive yield response from additional phosphorus. At the other end of the spectrum, 18% of the fields had soil test P values of greater than 30 ppm. The recommendations in the Agronomy Guide indicate that the fields with greater than 30 ppm soil P do not require any additional P supplementation.

Potassium (K) results show a similar trend as phosphorus. The average plant available soil K test result for all samples was 84 ppm and the median value was 68 ppm. Of the samples analyzed 28% had a plant available K value of 50 ppm or less. In contrast, 24% of samples had a plant available K value of greater than 100 ppm. The recommendations in the Agronomy Guide indicate that soil test values of less than 100 will typically show a positive response to additional K supplementation. The recommendations in the Agronomy Guide indicate that some crops will show a positive response for soil test K values of between 100 and 150 ppm albeit at lower levels of K supplementation compared to fields with soil test results less than 100 ppm K.

Numerous farmers commented that soil testing is important but mentioned one or more of the following barriers to soil testing: 1. lack of time to collect the samples, 2.lack of understanding how to properly collect a composite sample and 3. not having access to a soil probe.

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, 2015

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 $1100 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

Past President John Kinghorn 705-374-4323
Sec-Treas Neil Moore 705-324-2594
President Jim Buck 705-696-2567
1st Vice Tom Barrie 905-623-6330
2nd Vice 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 Alvin Brooks Tom Patterson