The Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario (IFAO) is planning a bus trip to Ohio August 18 to 21. The Association is planning to have an east and west bus. The east bus will start in Kingston area at 6:30 am on August 18. The first stop will be at Bob and Tom Miseners at Caledonia. Bob and Tom operate a cash crop, grain elevator and seed business. They grow corn, soybeans, wheat and red clover with some barley and trefoil thrown in. All crops except corn are grown for seed. The Miseners have put a lot of time and energy into adopting compaction minimizing strategies that make all their equipment low compaction. The bus will cross into the US at Buffalo. The east bus meets the west bus at Wooster Ohio where participants will tour a milk bottling and ice cream factory. At the end of the tour, everyone will enjoy an ice cream treat. Overnight is at the Comfort Inn in Dover for the next two nights.
On the morning of August 19 participants can choose to visit a coal fired electric generating station where scrubbers have been installed in the chimney's along with other environmental friendly improvements or tour Longaberger Basket Factory that makes premium baskets that are both decorative and functional. Check out www.longaberger.com for more information. Both buses will travel to Coshocton Hydrological Station for a box lunch and tour. The last stop for the day will be an Amish farmer who manufacturers organic breakfast cereal puffed wheat, spelt and brown rice.
On August 20 the tour will head for New Watford with one stop in the morning. In the afternoon, the tour will join the Ohio Field Day that focuses on manure application and compaction. The site studies tow areas compaction caused by manure application spring versus fall and plant utilization of manure. Overnight will be at the Holiday Inn in Youngstown.
On August 21 the buses head for home. The east bus will stop at a small dairy operation with 20 cows and 100 acres. The farmer no tills corn with a yield almost twice the county average. The group will also visit with a county extension agent who will look at the six year joint tillage study conducted by a partnership between Pennsylvania and Ohio.
For your information the west bus will leave Woodstock at 6:30 am on August 18 and cross the border at Windsor. The first stop will be at the Crawford County Extension double cropping wheat and soybean demonstration. The soybeans are drilled into wheat that is fully in head about the first week of June. The wheat is harvested and soybean yields have been as high as 40 bushels. The west bus meets up with the east bus in Wooster. On August 21 the west bus travels to Maurice to visit the Anderson elevators, boat loading facility and fertilizer plant.
The trip costs $350 for IFAO members and $400 for non members. For those that sign up after July 25 the trip will cost an additional $50. Proof of Citizenship and a picture ID are required for crossing into the United States. Out of province medical insurance is your responsibility. Note: Some meals are on your own.
To register contact the IFAO at 519-769-2443 or fax 519-769-2777 or IFAO 6650 Boxall Road R R 2 Port Stanley, ON N5L 1J2.