From Provincial Director, Jamie Littlejohn
As I write this note, it reminds me, —November 3rd— we are now able to sign up for SWAC. Please do not let this premier learning opportunity slip away. This year is the 25th anniversary of the conference and promises not to disappoint.
Harvest in the Thames Valley Region has been progressing well. The last few days of wet weather are allowing an opportunity of a bit of rest and repairs, in waiting, that may need to be made. Soybean harvest in my immediate area is likely 80% complete with a wide variation in yields being reported, most individuals are hoping to average 45 bushels per acre, considerably less that 2016.
Corn harvest is getting underway with early indications of strong yields, however, moisture levels are running as high as 27% somewhat higher than normal.
It is great to see the number if producers that at trying cover crops for the first time in this area. Many spreading annual rye after early soybean harvest and many have seeded a mixture of species after winter wheat harvest. Peter Johnson will be pleased.
Wishing everyone a safe balance of harvest and looking forward to seeing many of you during the winter meeting season.
From Elgin and Thames Valley Region President, Phil Oegema
Well, we’re suffering from weather whiplash in our small corner of Elgin County. After a wet spring that saw the last of our corn planted in the second week of June, the summer offered up virtually no useful accumulation of rain. This fall we’ve tallied almost six and a half inches in October and the first few days of November! The current weather patterns make me wonder: is “weird” the new “normal” ?
From Middlesex President, Pat Conlin
Greetings from Middlesex County. I’m pleased to provide a few highlights and updates on behalf of our members. Our Summer Tour, hosted by members Hugh and Krista Dietrich, led by Director Eric Dietrich was well attended Aug 22nd. Topics included grain bin ventilation efficiency planning, soil mapping and the ALUS organization in our area. It’s been a variable harvest across the county, in particular with a lot of soybean yields better than expected considering the wet spring and many areas reporting planting 2-3 weeks later than average. However, some areas of the county including the southern region weren’t lucky enough to receive those timely rains and the dryer conditions contributed to lower yields. It’s been a great fall for planting wheat and corn yields that have come in better than average. Our next MSCIA Director’s meetings are being held Dec 11 and Feb 8. Many crop projects are coming to a close with results to be presented at our Winter Crops Update Meeting being held Feb. 12, 2018 at Carodoc Community Centre, Mt. Brydges. After many years at the Ilderton Community Centre we’re changing venues for the Crops Update to accommodate increasing attendance! Thank you to all our members, sponsors, and Directors and most notably our Secretary and “glue” of the organization Marian Desjardine for a fantastic 2017.
From Oxford President, Scott Innes
Welcome to the November news issue. As I travel the countryside the soybeans are for the most part in the bin and everyone is just starting into the corn harvest. I hope you had a chance to attend at least one if not all the information meetings that were put on this year. They were all very well attended and the committee did a great job in putting these meetings together. The forage expo was a very successful event and thanks to the organizing committee on their hard work. If you had any plots please get the results in so the data can be compiled. Will see everyone January 9, 2018 in Woodstock at our annual meeting.
Wishing all a safe and bountiful 2017 Harvest.