Tour news: Congratulations to all three counties on excellent tours/meetings this summer! It’s great to see members from other counties attending neighbouring events.
In Elgin, interesting topics included woodlot management, community shared agriculture, wetland establishment, 15” corn, cover crops and more. Oxford’s tour was delayed by a week, but stops covered a high density tilapia fish farm (I was allowed to take photos, but not to publish them anywhere), Horizon Seeds facility, a bird seed farm, and an interesting and entertaining stop at a brewery/hops farm/kettle chip manufacturer. The Middlesex event, hosted by Dietrich Farms featured a fertilizer spread pattern demo (bottom photo), organic matter discussions, an excellent grain storage/efficiency presentation, and other presentations despite some weather challenges.
Hot topics that came up across the region included western bean cutworm and vomitoxin issues and the changing neonic use regulations and pest assessments. Starting August 31, 2017, a professional pest advisor must be used to conduct soil pest assessments (phased in over 3 years, in Middlesex this must be done beginning in 2017, Elgin & Oxford not until 2018). Pest assessment reports can now be completed online at omafra/force.com/PAR
Photos from the tours can be found here: