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Newsletter  September 2013

For Durham, Peterborough, Victoria (CKL)/Haliburton, and York Soil & Crop Members
This Issue Sponsored By: OMAFRA, OSCIA and See Sponsor Ads
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 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 Green Tractors- Ken Svendsen Pearson Agricultural Tour to Brazil- Ron Pearson see below

AREA NEWS and Events Sept EastCentral13 printer.pdf 1466 kb. Add the
OSCIA News and Crop Talk links below for the same as mailed copy

OSCIA NEWS PDF file(507 kb)

  • Message from the President
  • Attention Seed Growers - Interprovincial Update
  • Advancing Crop Technologies with Grants to Regions and Counties/Districts
  • OSGA Annual Meeting Update
  • 75th Anniversary for OSCIA - 2014 - Special Recognition Awards Update
  • Canada's Outdoor Farm Show Brunch Update
  • Seed Bytes - The Importance of Certified Seed
  • GF2 - EFP/GYFP Workshop Schedule

CROP TALK – By OMAFRA Soil & Crop Specialists PDF file(904 kb)

  1. Using Fungicide-Only Treated Seed and Following IPM
  2. Winter Wheat-Ramping It Up!!!
  3. Using Pre-Harvest Herbicides in Soybeans
  4. Double Cropping Fall Rye for Extra Forage
  5. Pasture Records
  6. Cover Crop Opportunities and Management
  7. Nitrogen Deficiency in 2013-Was It Rate, or Does Source Matter?
  8. In Furrow Phosphorus for Soybeans-Is it Worth the Expense?

President and Director reports

Durham Region—Brian DeJong
Soil and Crop members continue to have a mostly good summer, with some much needed rain lately.  Most of us struggled with wheat quality issues from average yields.  We were again unable to get helicopter fungicide application done on our corn.  Some have successfully established cover crops in the corn stand.  Hope we saw you at our Summer tour on September 4th. See

Peterborough Soil and Crop—Excellent Tillage Day on July 31 hosted by the Ken Macfarlane Family. See

Victoria Soil and Crop—Bruce McKeown
We had our annual summer tour on July 3, starting at Paul Kennedy’s near Glenarm to view pasture plots treated with new herbicide options on some tough to control weeds. Next we travelled to Scott Tamlin’s and my place to see hay treated with ammonium sulphate and foliar feeding. There was a good response to the treatments. The lunch stop was at Tim & Terry Parker’s for an informative presentation by a senior MTO officer regarding farm equipment on the roads. We finished the day at Ed Bagshaw’s to see the Ontario Corn Committee Variety Trials including 1200 plots. It appears the Lindsay plots are some of the best looking in Ontario! There were lots of questions and it was a good day for the 60 people in attendance. Special thanks to Scott Tamlin for organizing the lunch and to Parker’s for hosting it. See

York Soil and Crop—very successful BBQ on August 21at Lockie Farms, hosted by the Daryl Rush family. Bob Pritzker was presented with the Eugene Lemon Award.

East Central Soil and Crop—H3 program is gaining co-operators, H-3 Update Year 1 Aug 2013.

Provincial Director-Don Oliver
The summer Directors meeting was held in Thunder Bay hosted by the 1st Vice President Alan Mol & his wife Margaret. Mon afternoon we toured the Staal sod farm before going to the Mol’s who showed us their Dairy operation then had the Directors meet a number of the local directors while having supper. Tues day was a work day with the Directors reviewing the budget, programs, Growing Forward 2,Committee reports, Forage Masters, Canada Outdoor Farm Show & 75th Anniversary Annual meeting. In the evening we had supper at Fort William  Historical site then were given a guided tour of the fort. Wed was a day of tours to a number farms in the area & the Research station.

OSCIA 75th Anniversary

If 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.

See http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/en/oscia-photo-contest-2013-rules.htm

Corn and Soybean Seed Ordering Decisions 2014

  • Corn and soybean producers – be proactive in protecting pollinators.
  • Before you order seed for 2014, understand your insect risk
  • Where the insect risk is minimal, consider using seed treated with fungicide only.
  • Your seed dealer can help you determine seed treatment options. You may have to order early.
  • Visit www.ontario.ca/bihl for Best Management Practices, and for more information to minimize the risk to bees.
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. pearsonins@lindsaynet.com

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, 2013

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, regional@regionalscia.org


EAST CENTRAL Executive
President John Kinghorn 705-374-4323
Sec-Treas Neil Moore 705-324-2594
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