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Newsletter  September 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 September_EastCentral2014.pdf 646 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy or this link has all 3 together September_EastCentral14printerweb.pdf 2123 kb.

OSCIA NEWS PDF file(669 kb)

  • Message from the President
  • OSCIA and Social Media
  • Ontario Pesticide Survey Extended to Include 2014 Growing Season
  • Your Farm Data at Your Fingertips
  • Looking Back and Moving Forward - Moving to an Online Membership
  • Nominate a Deserving Champion! - Soil Champion Award
  • Changes at OSCIA Strengthen Link to Research
  • Oat and Barley Representation

CROP TALK – By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(672 kb)

  1. Sulphur On Alfalfa
  2. Picking Top Wheat Genetics?
  3. I Have My Soil Test Results—Now How Much Fertilizer Should I Apply?
  4. Cold Temperatures Hamper Soybean Nodulation
  5. Can I Do Anything To Get Rid of Vetch Before Seeding Soybeans?
  6. Pasture Opportunities
  7. Pricing Corn Silage in 2014
  8. The Trouble with P

Don Oliver Provincial Director report

Well, summer is just about over and fall is about to begin. For most, it has been an interesting cropping year with plenty of challenges. Haying continues with wheat harvest plus soybeans coming to maturity quickly. The Soil and Crop has been busy with a number of changes happening. Harold Rudy is now the Exec. Director with Andy Graham taking on the role as Operations Director and John Laidlaw  in charge of Programs. OSCIA has been working on both a Soil Quality Working Group and Sustainability Working Group.  Both committees are in the beginning stages.

Neonicotinoids are a hot topic so the OSCIA asked farmers to help with 100 plots of treated vs. non-treated seed. This was achieved with data now being collected across the province. Growing Forward 2 got off to a slow start but is picking up steam reaching most of the targets set by OMAFRA. Hopefully this will continue into the next uptake.

The Forage Masters was a success again with 200 participants in 25 counties. A Provincial competition will be held at the Royal Winter Fair in Nov.

OSCIA held it’s summer meeting in Cornwall area at Alan & Lorraine Kruszel. Once again our 1st Vice did an excellent job of organizing our stay. Sun night we had a meet And greet event at the farm with many local people in attendance. Mon was a work day for both the Directors & RCC while our partners & Past Presidents toured the area. Tues was a bus tour for all those who could stay with stops at Cooper Marsh, Glengarry Fine Cheese, Beau’s All Natural Brewery, Lafleche Environmental,& Moose Creek Tire Recycling. If you have an opportunity to see any of these places do it they are all worthwhile. Some of us  stayed an extra day so Alan & Lorraine could show us Montreal which was great. Peterborough & Durham both had excellent summer tours while York had their Summer BBQ. Many Thanks should be given to the organizers. Don’t forget the fall meetings & have a good harvest Don 

Pictures from Peterborough Bus Trip, Durham car trip and OSCIA summer meeting

Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3) Project Update
It has been a busy few months for soil sampling through the H-3 project in 2014.  As of August 14, sampling has occurred on 73 farm operations in east central Ontario and 780 samples have been sent into the lab for analysis in 2014. 

Recognizing that 2014 is the final year of the project, we are not looking for additional farms to sample under the H3 project.

Special thanks to our 2014 sampling team consisting of Matthew Flynn, Tyler DeLay, Charlotte Caza and Margaret Chan.  Their enthusiasm and dedication to the job of collecting the samples has been tremendous. 

Farmer workshops will be held in the area in this fall and winter to help farmers use the soil test information to optimize their crop fertility program.  Even if your farm was not soil tested as part of this project, the workshops are open to farmers in the area. 

Contact Peter Doris peter.doris@ontario.ca or 613 475 5604 if you would like to be notified about upcoming workshops or have questions about the H3 project.

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, region@regionalscia.org

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 Mike O'Hara Tom Patterson