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Newsletter  September 2013

For Hastings/Lennox & Addington, Northumberland, and Prince Edward 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
Country Farm Seeds - Harold Huff County Automation - Dan Kempers County Farm Centre
Dekalb - Jason MacCuaig Hyland Seeds - Craig Carson Maizex Seeds - Chad Mangan
Pickseed Canada Precision Planting - Gary Parks Quality Seeds - Doug Baker
Royal Bank Terratec Environmental TCO Agromart
Dupont Pioneer - Mark McFaul

AREA NEWS and Events Sept Quinte13 printer.pdf 1055 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

Quinte Soil and Crop—Justin Dorland
Quinte SCIA has started a three year project to determine whether sulphur applied to fall wheat is profitable. There will be some results at the county annual meetings this fall. Quinte SCIA had a display in the OFA tent at the Hastings Plowing Match and Farm Show.

Northumberland SCIA —Justin Dorland
Northumberland SCIA had a busy summer of planning a bus trip to Kemptville diagnostic day and a family turkey BBQ. The BBQ drew over 150 people to the event which is the largest crowd yet. With harvest coming up soon remember to keep safe especially if younger people are around.

Hastings/L&A SCIA-Shane Smith

Prince Edward SCIA– Mark McFaul

Provincial Director– Dale Ketcheson
As another summer comes to an end there are a lot of changes at OSCIA.
With Growing Forward 2 finally in place there are plenty of opportunities to find some cost-sharing for your on-farm environmental projects. Be sure to look them up to see what might fit your farm. The OSCIA board of directors had a successful summer meeting at vice-president Allan Mol's farm in Thunder Bay. It's good to see how farming is done in other parts of this province.
Also with OSCIA's 75th anniversary coming up I'd like to invite anyone with any historical material (pictures, meeting minutes, etc) to let us know and we'll see if we can use it in the celebration. Also, look out for our photo contest and other anniversary activities to come.
Have a productive and safe harvest.

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.
Quinte Region SCIA Major Partner Grant Program for 2012, 2013 & 2014 Sulphur on Winter & Spring Wheat in eastern Ontario

Regional Partner programs 2012 to 2014

Treatments: 100% urea at normal nitrogen rate; Calcium Sulphate (19% - S & 23% - Ca) blended with urea to give egual nitrogen rate as treatment1 and 15kg/ha of available sulphur.

Strips need to be wide enough to allow for ‘full’ combine header widths of each treatment & replications and also to avoid the outer 5 to 10 feet of the fertilizer spread pattern or potential spreader overlap or misses.

Results from 2013 harvest: Henry Nyman had 3 replications and the result was about 3 bus/ac advantage for the sulphur treatment.

Mark McFaul had a side by side with the sulphur treatment about 2 bus/ac less than the Urea control.

If you are interested in participating in the 2014 treatments and harvest. Contact Scott Banks Emerging Crop Specialist, OMAFRA scott.banks@ontario.ca 613-258-8359

The Quinte SCIA Executive
Past President Geoff Townsend  
President Justin Dorland 613-475-0891
Sec-Treas Henry Nyman 613-399-3429
Provincial Director Dale Ketcheson 613-477-1131
Regional Communication Coordinator Neil Moore 705-324-2594
Other Directors: Doug Young, Mark McFaul, Lloyd Crowe, Mark Slack, Stan Meeks, Scott Banks.

Local Associations Hastings/L&A Northumberland Prince Edward
President Shane Smith Mark Atkinson Mark McFaul
Sec/Treas Stan Meeks/Brad King Doug Young Lindsay Williams