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East Central Soil & Crop
Newsletter  November 2016

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 Plant Food BASF - Diane Hall
Bayer CropScience - Marieke Patton Dekalb - Dan Kaufman Dow Seeds - Craig Carson
Evergreen John Deere - Tom Morawetz FCC Canada Ganaraska Grain - Rafe Currelly
Gowanlea Ltd - Jim, Dave Smith Green Tractors - Ken Svendsen Hub International Lindsay, Port Perry
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 Thompsons

AREA NEWS and Events November EastCentral2016 705 kb. Add the information on
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy or this link has all together
November East Central 16 printer.pdf 1985 kb.

  • Coming Events link to separate page
  • Weather for 2016 from Quinte and East Central area link to separate page
  • 4 yr Average of my 4 weather stations
  • East Central Scholarships
  • Annual Meetings
  • New! Farm Business Planning Program
  • Year 4 of the Growing Forward 2 program
  • Financial Assistance from East Central SCIA - 4-H and local SCIA projects
  • OSCIA NEWS PDF file(652 kb)

    • Message from the President
    • Crop Advances & Members Soil Discount
    • Increasing Membership through “The Butter Tart Challenge”
    • Report on Neonic Study, University of Guelph
    • OMAFRA initiative to update Ontario’s soil maps
    • Association Development Advisor Position
  • CROP TALK - By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(1458 kb)

    1. Manure Analysis - Why testing for pH could be good for your bottom line
    2. Soil Health Observation
    3. Utilizing Corn Stalks for Feed or Bedding
    4. Nitrogen Fertilizer: Does It Help Build Soil Organic Matter
    5. Renfrew Soil Health Assessment Project
    6. Agricultural Environmentalism

    East Central Scholarships - 2 more for 2016,
    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.
    Six 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, 2016


  • Annual Meetings

    York Soil and Crop Association Annual Meeting January 9, 2017
    Mt Albert Lions Club Hall 9:30 am Coffee and Registration
    Main Speakers/Topics: to be finalized
    Dave Gordon LAC on the Markets
    Foodgrains Bank update—guest speaker

    Victoria Soil and Crop Association Annual Meeting January 11, 2017
    OPS Community Centre
    10 am Coffee and Registration 10:30 am Call to Order
    Main Speakers/Topics:
    Matt Porter on the results of the cover crop plots.
    Mayures Alagendra, St. Lawrence Grains, on the markets.
    Ben Rosser, OMAFRA Corn Lead, on intensive corn management
    Joe Hickson on population and row width trials for soybeans.
    $20 at the door includes Lunch and Annual membership
    $100 for table top displays while spots available

    Peterborough Soil and Crop Association Annual Meeting January 12, 2017
    Douro Community Centre
    10 am Coffee and Registration
    10:30 am Call to Order
    Main Speakers/Topics:
    Lynn Leavitt from Prince Edward County on bale plastic recycling. 
    made a U-Pack container which holds 900 lbs. of bale plastic. 
    will bring a container and plastic square bale to the meeting.
    hopes to get some of these containers in Peterborough County.
    has a good program on going in Prince Edward County.
    $20 at the door includes Lunch and Annual membership
    $50 for table top displays while spots available

    Durham Soil and Crop Association Annual Meeting January 13, 2017
    Reach Centre, Port Perry
    9:30 am Coffee and Registration
    Main Speakers/Topics: to be determined
  • New! Farm Business Planning Program
    November-February\Peterborough
    Are you looking for financing or funding? Are you interested in taking the next step to turn your farm business vision into a concrete business plan? Work with a farm accountant who is a member of the Canadian Association of Farm Advisors.

    This program will save you money and introduce you personally to many of the professionals, financial lenders and grant funders you need to know.

    For more information or to apply visit http://www.farmsatwork.ca/farm-business-planning-program.
    Space in the program is limited, so apply as soon as possible.


Year 4 of the Growing Forward 2 program continues offering farmers great free workshops and cost-share grants!

Great Workshops?
If you have not attended previously, or your workshop is over five years old, you could benefit from one of the updated workshops.
Cost-share Grants
Next GF2 application intake window: February 3 - February 23, 2017
See the OSCIA web site for key dates and changes
http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/growing-forward-2
Application intake Window 2016/2017 Claim Deadline
Intake 1 February 5 - February 25, 2016 November 30, 2016
Intake 2 June 17 - July 7, 2016 January 31, 2017
Intake 3 October 14 - November 3, 2016 March 31, 2017
Multi-Year Projects All Intakes March 31, 2017
2017/2018
Intake 1 February 3 - February 23, 2017 January 31, 2018
Intake 2 May 12 - June 1, 2017 January 31, 2018

There are 46 categories of Best Management Practices (BMP's) outlined in the GF2 Producer Program Guide that are eligible for grant funding. See the GF2 Program Guide for all 46 categories! To view the GF2 Program Guide see "GF2 Resources" on the OSCIA web-site http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/

Don't miss out. Register for a workshop today through the OSCIA web site OR, Contact OSCIA program representatives;
  • Paul Reeds, Regional Program Lead, preeds@ontariosoilcrop.org 705-341-4915
  • Robin Brown, Workshop Leader, robin.brown@ontariosoilcrop.org 705-718-4859
  • Eric Lawlor, Workshop Leader, eric.lawlor@ontariosoilcrop.org 289-251-3042
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



Average of the 4 weather stations at my place over the last 4 years

Data for 2016 http://www.regionalscia.org/2016WeatherStationComparison.html

CHU May 1 start APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT Total
2013 496 658 786 719 502 275 3435
2014 465 666 717 692 512 112 3162
2015 548 633 733 726 632 160 3431
2016 467 611 804 807 589 155 3433
4 yr Average 494 642 760 736 559 175 3365
Weather Stations National Geographic AcuRite AcuRite Davis Vantage Pro
Location On deck east of house South of lane south of house South of lane south of barn North of House
Year started May 2010 Nov 2011 Mar 2012 Nov 2012
Rainfall mm APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT Total
2013 75 72 84 32 128 73 148 611
2014 109 53 65 120 66 81 88 581
2015 50 73 166 50 68 76 54 554
2016 35 15 36 63 78 39 57 322
4 yr Average 67 53 88 66 85 67 87 517

EAST CENTRAL Executive
Past President Jim Buck 705-696-2567
President Tom Barrie 905-623-6330
1st Vice Alvin Brooks 905-473-3920
2nd Vice Jon Bagshaw 705-934-8989
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, Frank Hoftyzer, Jeff Steiner, Tom Patterson, Adam Bent, Bruce McKeown, OMAFRA Ian McDonald/ Thomas Ferguson
Local Association - President - Sec/Treas
Durham Paul Hagey Tom Barrie
Peterborough Kyle Keating Jim Buck
Victoria(CKL) Jon Bagshaw Adam Bent
York Alvin Brooks Tom Patterson