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AREA NEWS and Events November East Central 13.pdf 376 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy
Mon Jan 6 York SCIA Annual Meeting, 10 am, Lions Club Hall, Mt Albert
Speakers: Dr Terry Daynard on "What lies ahead for Agriculture in Ontario and York Region"
Steve Kell on "Commodity Markets":
Tom Barrie, Bowmanville on "Crop production using crop rotation";
Bonnie Ball, OMAF on "Tracking Crop Nutrients".
Contact: Terry O'Connor 905-640-1171
Thurs Jan 9 Peterborough SCIA Annual Meeting, 10 am, Douro Community Centre
Topics: Greg Stewart, OMAF on "Fertilizer placement and How Much is Needed",
Growing Forward 2, Biomass opportunities. Peter Doris on H3 project.
Contact: Jim Buck 705-696-2567
Fri Jan 10 Durham SCIA Annual Meeting, 9:30 am, $30 membership and lunch.
Location TBD (Nestleton or Port Perry). Contact: Tom Barrie 905-623-6330
Topics, Growing Forward 2, Seed Treatment and Bees, H3 regional project.
"New Crops for Cover Crops" with Ed Hanson and Brian DeJong
Exhibitors $100 includes membership and 2 lunches. contact Tom Barrie
Wed Jan 15 Victoria SCIA Annual Meeting, 10 am, OPS Community Centre
Speakers: Adam Hayes OMAF on soil management. Peter Doris on H3.
Julian Suurd on special fertilizers. Paul Reeds on Growing Forward 2.
Contact: Bruce McKeown 705-705-953-9935
President and Director reportsDurham Region—Brian DeJong
Peterborough County—Francis Crowley
Victoria Soil and Crop—Bruce McKeown
York Soil and Crop—Mike O'Hara
East Central Region Soil and Crop—John Kinghorn
As this issue of the newsletter hits the press, we find ourselves approaching the end of another crop year. Overall, we have received adequate rainfall for pasture and forage production, which dramatically changed the situation from last year and the people in the beef sector have been rewarded for their efforts this year. There has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride in the grain growing sector with varying amounts of rain in the critical growing periods affecting yields. We got spoiled by some great early fall harvest weather and are currently dealing with significant wet weather making it difficult to combine the remaining soy beans and corn.
For East Central it has been a successful year. We kicked the year off with another successful Farm Show in March! The Geissberger Farm House Cider Mill received a $25,000 Innovation Award with its first of a kind in Ontario cider press that travels to the apples rather than bringing the apples to the press. With its computerized technology, the mobile press can process 500 litres of cider per hour in bag-in-box packaging of cider that will stay fresh for a full year without preservatives or refrigeration. A giant step forward from the cider press operation at the farm over the past 75 plus years. Congratulations to Durham County brothers Garry and Gord Geissberger!
All Counties in our region had excellent County activities during the year and were all educational and well attended! A real credit to the local associations!
Our Regional Partner Grant “Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3), under the leadership of Peter Doris and staff member Brittney Wielgos has really gotten air under its wings this past Spring and Summer. Due to its success, an additional person, Amy Tenbult has been added recently to assist in catching up on the back log of requests for soil sampling. As a participant in this project, you will get soil sampling done by the group, receive outstanding field mapping information, educational seminars to assist in the process of understanding the results of the soil tests and appropriate action plans, and all at about half the cost of taking a soil sample to your local Agri business. To participate in this project, just call Peter Doris at 613-475-5604 to get scheduled in. This project will be wrapped up at the end of 2014.
Provincial Director—Don Oliver
Since the summer meeting in Thunder Bay, I have been busy attending a number of meetings and events. At the Outdoor Farm Show I helped man an exhibit for the Forage Council promoting not only Forages but answering questions relating to forage crops. There seemed to be a few less people coming through the building because of the weather. Growing Forward 2 was rolled out with many changes from the first program. The info meetings across the province generated as many questions as answers at times but slowly things are being sorted out with the first intake of applications completed. Two programs that are not part of the Growing Forward 2, the Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program & the Farming Power for those in the Greenbelt could provide money for projects on your farm if you qualify.
All the counties have had Director meetings to prepare for their Annual meetings come January. Support your local committees as with out them our Association is not active. The East Central Farm Show committee has met several times with the show coming together for March. Come join us met your neighbours,talk to suppliers,& have a day away from the farm.
Hope your crop harvest is good.
Have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
OSCIA 75th AnniversaryIf you have any pictures or videos of Soil and Crop Improvement Association projects, tours, or meetings that meet the OSCIA mission statement “To facilitate responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops through development and communication of innovative farming practices”, please send to the OSCIA office in Guelph by November 30, 2013.
Pearson Agricultural Tour of Brazil March 23 to April 7, 2014
via Pauwels Travel Bureau, Brantford.
16 Days featuring Corn, Soya, Beef, Dairy, and Cultural Sites.
Fly from Toronto and go to
Sao Paulo - Itu - Londrina - Maringa - Iguacu - Cascavel - Guarapuava - Ponta Grossa - Curitiba - Rio
For Itineraries and information contact: Ron Pearson at Pearson Insurance, Lindsay. 705-324-2933. firstname.lastname@example.org
Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3) Project Update
Soil sampling is continuing at a robust pace with the H-3 project. The response to the H3 project from east central farmers have been so positive that East Central SCIA has hired another person (Amy Tenbult) on contract this fall to work with Brittney Wielgos to help to meet the demand for soil sampling this fall. Welcome Amy!
Since project inception in August 2012, sampling has been done on approximately 50 different farm operations and samples have been submitted from over 400 fields. While the nutrient levels vary significantly from field to field, many fields are showing low levels of P and K, especially with rented fields.
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 on December 18 and 19 (locations TBA). 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 $13.56/sample for lab analysis. For this investment, a person (Brittney or Amy) comes to the farm to collect the samples and send it to the lab. 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 email@example.com 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, 2013
|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, firstname.lastname@example.org
|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, Brian DeJong, Frank Hoftyzer, Francis Crowley, Jeff Steiner, Tom Patterson, Wayne Daniels, Bruce McKeown, Joel Bagg, Jack Kyle|
|Local Association - President - Sec/Treas|
|Durham||Brian DeJong||Tom Barrie|
|Peterborough||Francis Crowley||Jim Buck|
|Victoria(CKL)||Bruce McKeown||Wayne Daniels|
|York||Mike O'Hara||Tom Patterson|