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Newsletter  September 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 September East Cental16.pdf 976 kb. Add the information on
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy or this link has all together
September East Central 2016 printer.pdf 3369 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
  • Peterborough SCIA bus trip Aug 17
  • East Central Farm Show Award
  • Year 4 of the Growing Forward 2 program
  • Financial Assistance from East Central SCIA - 4-H and local SCIA projects
  • OSCIA NEWS PDF file(498 kb)

    • Message from the President
    • Agroclimate Impact Reporter (AIR) Survey
    • Soil Health Given Boost by Cover Crop Research
    • Pollinator Health Speaker Available
    • Members Update & Crop Advances
    • Development of an Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy
    • RCC Update - Heartland Region
    • Keep Eligibility Criteria Up to Date to
    • Maximize your Opportunities
    • OSCIA 2016 Summer Meeting
  • CROP TALK - By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(2817 kb)

    1. Fall Weed Management Tips
    2. Utilizing Moisture Stressed Corn as Feed
    3. Planning For Big Wheat Yields!
    4. Seed Corn Maggot in Soybeans
    5. Interpreting Your Soil Test Results
    6. Harvest Aid Treatments in Edible Beans
    7. Do You Want to Increase Crop Yields and Reduce Soil Erosion?
    8. Meet The New Member of Our Team

  • Peterborough Country Soil and Crop sponsored a bus trip
    August 17th, 2016 to Entomo Cricket Farms, Ontario Water Buffalo Company, Farmtown Agricultural Museum, and Empire Cheese Factory.

    Over 40 members and 4-H field crop members enjoyed a very educational trip.

    We learned about grinding crickets into flour and seasoning crickets for snack food at the cricket farm. We were treated to cookies made from cricket flour and BBQ flavoured crickets.
    The Water Buffalo Company showed us their milking parlour for the buffalo, gave us a tour of their farm, and a treat of cheese and water buffalo meat. Some of us even rode a water buffalo.
    At the Farmtown Park we learned about the history of agriculture in the Stirling area, and saw the first machinery manufactured for farming. It brought back a lot of memories for a lot of us.
    At the Empire Cheese Factory we saw their processing and enjoyed cheese and ice cream.
    Jim Buck
    Thanks for financial support from East Central Region SCIA.
  • 2016 Agricultural Excellence Award
    -The East Central Farm Show was the recipient of the 2016 Agricultural Excellence Award from the Lindsay and District Chamber Commerce.

    This is the first year for this award. The award is displayed in the Lindsay Exhibition office foyer.
    Thanks to all for a great show.
    Neil & Don

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, or you could benefit from one of the updated workshops now offered. The workshop information saves you time in learning the latest best management practices and are a critical requirement for applying for most cost share grants.
  • EFP - Environmental Farm Plan
  • GYFP - Growing Your Farm profits
  • Bio-Security for crops, plants and livestock are offered
  • Traceability
  • Food Safety
* See the workshop listing for East & Central Ontario WS_ GF2_Ad_June 5 2016.pdf

Cost-share Grants
Next GF2 application intake window: October 14th to November 3rd
A limited number of application intakes windows remain in GF2, so please plan accordingly.
(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
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. The broad range of opportunities from; cover crop assistance to livestock handling systems, water well or fuel storage upgrades, to business and succession planning and much more .
See the GF2 Program Guide for all 46 categories! To view the GF2 Program Guide see "GF2 Resources" on the OSCIA web-site or click on the link -> http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Costshare_Producer_2016_wlinks.pdf

GF2 Info session Webinar:
Join the upcoming GF2 info session webinars for info and to walk through filling out an application ( registration is required) -> http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/growing-forward-2/

SARFIP is back:
The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) is back for 2016. Up to $20,000 is available per farm business on a first come-first serve basis. SARFIP is great for producers who are looking to make improvements on their farms while also supporting farm habitat for species at risk.
You do not have to have a species at risk on your farm to qualify. Funds are available for such projects as; fencing for rotational grazing, buckthorn removal, stream crossings, wind break plantings, etc. Check it out by clicking on the link-> http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/oscia-programs/sarfip/

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

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

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 Total
2013   496 658 786 719 2659
2014   465 666 717 692 2540
2015   548 633 733 726 2640
2016   467 611 804 807 2689
4 yr Average   494 642 760 736 2632
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 Total
2013 75 72 84 32 128 391
2014 109 53 65 120 66 413
2015 50 73 166 50 68 407
2016 35 15 36 63 78 227
4 yr Average 67 53 88 66 85 360

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