Farm Facts and Furrows

By OMAFRA Ag Rep Brian Bell

OSCIA soil champion

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is taking nominations for their 2017 OSCIA Soil Champion Award. To be eligible, an individual must be a resident of Ontario or have contributed to soil management in a way that directly influences improved soil health and crop production sustainability in Ontario. Deadline for nominations is September 1, 2016. Learn more and see previous champions at the OSCIA website.

Attention Tree Lovers! 

“TREES, TREES, TREES” will be held at the Mindemoya Community Centre, 6032 Hwy. 542, Mindemoya on Friday, May 27 from 9 am to 4:30 pm and activities on Saturday, May 28. Speaker line-up includes: Brian Bell, Agricultural Development Advisor, OMAFRA (Soil Fertility); Peter Jones, Certified Arborist, Manitoulin (Orchards); Mike Laende, Certified Arborist, Manitoulin (Tree Form and Structure); George Stanclik, Retired Forester, Manitoulin (Managing Crown Land); Laing Bennett/Lesley Phillips, Foresters, Sault Ste. Marie (Plantation Management, Dendrology); Theodore Flamand, Species at Risk Coordinator and Wayne Jacko, Stewardship Coordinator, Wikwemikong Lands Dept. (Revitalizing Forested Lands). At 1 pm the keynote speaker, Edith George from Ontario Urban Forest Council, Toronto, will be discussing “Heritage Trees – Preserving Our Natural Roots.” Demonstrations and exhibits of wood products will occur during coffee and  luncheon breaks. This is a free event, with complementary lunch, presented by the Manitoulin Nature Club and their Notable Trees of Manitoulin (NTOM) Committee. For additional information email: