What a great way to spend a Wednesday morning, with a wonderful group of local growers and industry experts sharing information, technology and ideas. Days like yesterday are just a small example of how Canadian Farmers are constantly educating themselves. And our plot, located 1.5 miles South of Oak Bluff, was the classroom!
The plot, seeded by JR Brothers of Fannystelle, was in excellent condition. The crops included were Soybeans, Corn and Canola with multiple varieties of each. Plots like ours take a great deal of time and care when planting, and we are very thankful to Richard for his work.
Here is just a taste of the topics covered by our highly knowledgeable and respected speakers;
- Straight Cutting Canola and Desiccation Timing / Lynn Van De Spiegle of BASF
- Blackleg in Canola and Best Management Practices / Dwight Willoughby of Derek Erb Seeds
- Phytophthora Root Rot Identification in Soybeans, Causes and Management / Mike Weir Agronomist with DuPont Pioneer
- Soybean Seeding Depth and Supplemental N Fertilizer / Terry Buss of MAFRD
- Pre and Post Emergent Corn Herbicide / Caelyn Shearer of DuPont Crop Protection
- Yield 360 Y-Drop Fertilizer Application System for Corn / Frank Prince of Yield 360
- Crop Imaging with a Fixed Wing Drone equipped with NDVI Camera / Matt Johnson of M3 Aerial
- Wolverine Rotary Ditcher for effective field drainage / Robin Karlowsky from KNR
We also had the pleasure of doing a draw for those in attendance during lunch. One grower walked away with two tickets to the NHL Jets Heritage Classic taking place this fall at the Investors Group Field in Winnipeg.
And finally we kicked off our 2016 Guess the Yield Contest, by having those in attendance submit a yield guess for P006T46R Soybeans or P7211HR Corn.
Growers picked one (1) crop; either the Corn or the Soybeans, which we had a chance to view in our plot during the field day. They entered their yield guess (bushels). The person closest to the yield recorded for the corn and the person closest to the yield recorded for the soybeans at harvest without going over wins for their selected crop. Then, and finally, the winners of the Corn and Soybeans guess the yield will be put in a hat for a draw to determine the Winter Getaway WINNER!