The Ontario Soil and Crop Association, in conjunction with its sponsors, has announced the county winners and first and second runners up for the 2004 Forage Masters’ Program.
In The AgriNews coverage area the 2004 winners, announced Dec. 9, are:
Dundas: 1st, Chris and Gord Johnson, Chesterville; 2nd, Brugline Farms, Chesterville; 3rd, Ron Toonders, Williamsburg.
Frontenac: 1st, John McNinch, Kingston; second, Jack Broeders, Wolfe Island; third, Bill Moreland, Joyceville.
Grenville: 1st, Russell Bennett, Spencerville;2nd, Rideauside Farms Inc., Kemptville;3rd, David and Allan Hess, Kemptville.
Leeds: 1st, Jobo Farms, North Augusta; 2nd, Greaveston Holsteins, North Augusta; 3rd, Mount Airyfarm, Gananoque.
Renfrew: 1st, Ron McLeod, Cobden; 2nd, Peter McLaren, Cobden; 3rd, Stewart McBride, Cobden.
Russell: 1st, Louis Raymond, Cumberland; 2nd, Denis Latour, Casselman; 3rd, Robert Gascon, Sarsfield.
Stormont: 1st, Glaudale Farms, Berwick; 2nd, Barry Smith,Berwick; 3rd, Bill vanLoon, Finch.
Ontario’s Forage Masters’ Program promotes excellence in forage production, stored feed management and responsible land stewardship. The competition is sponsored by NK(r) Brand seeds, Agri-Food Laboratories, International Stock Food Company, and Pickseed Canada in conjunction with the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA).
"The Forage Masters program provides each participant with an excellent opportunity to compete against other farmers within their own county and at the same time, learn how to improve their management skills, " says Steven Eastep, president of the OSCIA. "Forages are the largest acreage crop in Ontario and, therefore, it is imperative that we continue to improve production techniques to enhance the quality of the feed produced."
Organized and conducted by the local Soil and Crop Improvement Association, winners are selected based on their forage stand, hay or haylage sample, and feed quality analysis.
"2004 marks the firstst year the competition has been open to 4-H members," Eastep says. "I would like to recognize those 4-H members who stepped forward to meet the challenge and congratulate a first place, second place and third place 4-H winner."
The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association promotes responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops.
NK is a Syngenta Seeds brand name. Syngenta Seeds Canada, Inc. brings innovative seeds solutions to Canadian growers, offering a complete line-up of NK Brand corn, soybean and forage products for the way you farm. Further information is available at www.nkcanada.com.
International Stock Food, Cambridge, Ontario, manufactures and markets Silo Guard II in granular and liquid formulations.
Agri-Food Laboratories, Guelph, Ontario, provides analytical services for feed, soil and water, as well as quality control testing for the agricultural manufacturing of feed and fertilizer.
Pickseed Canada Inc. is a division of Pickseed Companies Group, headquartered in Lindsay, Ontario, and is a leading supplier of forage seed in Canada with more than 55 years experience. Further information is available at www.pickseed.com.