Hello Fellow Soil and Crop Members,

Spring is on the horizon as we all hope for more normal growing conditions for 2020. In my  backyard here in Lambton county, the winter wheat looks like it has wintered well so far.

Let’s hope things keep moving along well.

Just as we were in the final stages of planning for our regional winter canola bus tour on March 20th, the COVID‐19 pandemic hit and we were forced to cancel what had been shaping up to be a successful and informative tour. What a disappointing development but stay tuned as we work on other ways to share the winter canola information with you.

The other big piece is this will be our last version of the current newsletter. We are very proud of the quality of information that our newsletter delivers but the new digital platform plans to raise the bar in information and technology delivery….we are waiting with anticipation for the June launch. Programs continue to be of great demand. CAP, LEADS and SARPAL all filled up quickly…keep an eye out for the next intake dates to get your application in. Make sure you are all caught up on your workshops.

We have been having some good discussions on plot work for 2020 over the winter, especially with the good winter wheat survival for a change. Anne Verhallen is working her way through getti ng ready for the last year of our 3‐year Tier 2 project on Soil Health Testing. It should be interesting to hear the conclusion coming out of all

this work. If you have any plot ideas, make sure to reach out to your county directors to see where we can help out. Safe spring to all of you!

Chad Anderson

OSCIA Provincial Director—St. Clair Region

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