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2012 to 2014 Region Partner Programs

East Central SCIA H-3 Program

Healthy Soils, Healthy Farms, Healthy Environment (H-3) program launched by East Central Region Soil and Crop Improvement Association 2012-2014

The H-3 program was a public recognition program for farmers who: soil test for nutrients done according to the recommended methods by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) or plant cover crops after harvest of annual crops such as cereals, soybeans or corn silage.

While the cost for the soil sampling and cover crop planting remains with the farmer, OMAFRA has provided support to person to assist with the collection of the soil samples in the fall of 2012. The H-3 program covered the cost for the gate signs and educational workshops. In addition, the H-3 program covered the cost for supplemental lab analysis of soil samples for sulfur.

The program also included educational workshops on cover crops and soil testing. Farmers who participant in either of these practices and participate in a workshop received a gate sign.

The H-3 program was supported by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association through a Regional Partner grant and OMAFRA.

Quinte SCIA Sulphur on Wheat Program

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

Grain samples - a minimum of one, or possibly two strips, at each field location. At harvest, adjacent strips were harvested and weighed using a weigh-wagon and samples collected for protein and quality analysis.

Ideally the site would not have a history of being heavily manured or be high organic matter.

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. Soil samples: 0 to 30 cm (for Sulphate) before application and after harvest. Plant tissue samples for Sulphur will be taken. Co-operators apply fertilizer in strips. Soil & tissue sampling by OMAFRA

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.

This program was supported by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association through a Regional Partner grant and OMAFRA.