Messages March 2018

From Middlesex President, Kerrie Jenken

I’d like to thank everyone that was able to come out to the Winter Update meeting this year!  We had outgrown our previous location and it was exciting to see such a great turnout in Mt Brydges.  We were at the London Farm Show, where our display focused on soil health and reminding everyone of all the benefits of being a Soil and Crop member; one of which is a 10% discount on soil analysis!  As always we’re still looking for more participants in this year’s crop projects.  I know there are a million and one things a grower is trying to get done in the spring but taking the time to participate in a crop project is a win-win for everyone.  If you see anything that is remotely interesting, put your name down.  You will be contacted by the lead in the project and they will go over the protocol as well as any questions you might have.  Safe planting this spring and we’ll see everyone at this year’s Summer Tour!

From Elgin President, Adam Pfeffer

Greetings from the Elgin County board.  As winter is flying by with another busy meeting schedule hopefully everyone has been able to find time to unwind and take some well-deserved holidays.  Spring will be here before we know it as we are already into the start of March.  Last week’s rapid snow melt and intense rainfall certainly put our soils to the test. I saw significant differences between production practices as I drove around the country side and I applaud everyone who was able to keep their soil from running away with the surface runoff.  On my own farm I was quite happy at how the berms and water runs I put into place last year worked with very little overland water flow damage to my wheat crop.  As commodity markets have improved over the last month with South American weather being front and center in the ag trading world, so has our optimism for a successful 2018.  Don’t forget to lock in some profitable prices while they last because I’m sure they will be tested again with our large North American supplies and a chance at another record crop north of the equator.  I’m thankful to be part of a great ESCIA association and I wish everyone to have a safe and successful 2018 season!

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