by Christine Brown, Nutrient Management Lead – Field Crops, OMAFRA The opportunity to get bedded-pack cattle manure was too good to pass up. But now as the field in front of me is a sea of white with deep drifts, one question arises, “Where is the best location to temporarily store the manure?” With society’s […]

by Christine Brown, Nutrient Management Lead, OMAF and MRA BMP’s suggest that seed placed fertilizer, residue management and cover crops will help prevent soil phosphorus from reaching water courses. Manure application requires extra attention to prevent phosphorus losses, especially during winter and snow melt conditions. Phosphorus (P) is essential to plant growth. Crop root growth […]

Christine Brown, Field Crop Sustainability Specialist, OMAFRA, Woodstock November 15, 2018 Protecting watersources from manure would be a lot easier if the weather would cooperate. After a relatively good growing season, the conditions since September have been wetter than normal with only short windows between rain events to complete harvest and field work. A challenging […]

For Immediate Release December 5th, 2018 Guelph ON – As part of a strategic initiative to assist Ontario’s grain farmers with high levels of DON (vomitoxin) contamination in this year’s corn crop, the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is releasing new cost-share opportunities to support DON testing. Cost-share opportunities will be delivered as […]

OSCIA Names Straathof as Program Director Guelph, Ontario, October 5, 2018 – Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is pleased to welcome Angela Straathof as Program Director. The Program Director position was created when two former program development and delivery units in the Guelph office were merged into one. The move will bring each […]

by Tim Brook, 2017 With farms, woods, wildlife and fresh air, rural residents cherish the charm and beauty of the countryside. Many people move from cities seeking peace and a pristine environment in the country. Most people understand that a rural community includes farmers and that farming is a business.  Ontario’s agriculture and food sector employs […]

The Votes Are In—Perth County Producer Is New Ontario Forage Master March 9, 2018 Guelph ON. Last year a bold new approach for the decades-old Ontario Forage Masters Competition was introduced by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). The new format centered on a self-assessment to identify best practices already followed and identify areas […]

Re-evaluating the Cost of Compaction from Manure Application How much does compaction really cost? Consider increasing the profitability of a wheat crop by adding the value of compaction-induced yield loss in corn resulting from spring applied manure. Healthy soils have a unique infrastructure of pores that vary in size and support the movement of air, […]

Keep it covered, green and growing is Soil Champion’s motto February 20, 2018 By Lilian Schaer, for the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association For Dan Breen, soil is a living, active bio-system that needs protecting. It’s like the “skin” of the earth, he believes, and much like people cover their bare skin when going outside […]


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