RAIN Field Day – Thursday August 17, 2017

Dr. Tarlok Sahota will be attending the upcoming Field Day to speak about his research trials with galega, a new forage import from Eastern Europe. Come learn about this crop and best practices to improve soil health while we tour our 2017 field research trials. Free pulled pork lunch. Sponsored by Scotiabank. Please RSVP by Monday Aug 14 for food …

Twilight Pasture Tour 2017

Wednesday August 2, 2017 6:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Algoma Community Pasture Hwy 129, Fire # 142 – Approx 3km North of Thessalon Speakers and topics: Barry Potter (OMAFRA Agriculture Development Advisor) Potential Grass Mixtures Emily Potter (Beef Farmers of Ontario) Beef North Projects Megan Van Schaik (OMAFRA Beef Specialist) Managing Beef on Pasture Christine O’Reilly (OMAFRA Forage & Grazing …

Tools for farm finance

Farm Financial Management The benefits of farm record-keeping are numerous. They can show key indicators for farm success and can also be used to monitor the impacts of decisions. Record-keeping is also beneficial for utilizing different programs like AgriStability, Growing Forward 2 and Traceability. On Feb 11th, 2017, RAIN hosted John Molenhuis (Business Analysis and Cost of Production Specialist) from …

Updates from RAIN’s #plant17

by Christine O’Reilly, Research Technician It’s spring in Algoma, and that means that RAIN’s field staff are trying to get new projects into the ground. We have three research projects and a crop demonstration to plant on ten different sites across the district. We’ve got a good start on two of these. Our Cross-seeding Forages Project is evaluating different ways …

Five marketing tips from Slate River Dairy

Slate River Dairy is owned by Jim and Wilma Mol, the Dairy produces, pasteurizes and distributes local milk and dairy products in Thunder Bay. The farm’s aim is to provide Thunder Bay with the freshest dairy products possible and to operate a bottle-washing system for reusable glass milk bottle packaging. The products (ranging from cocoa milk, yogurt, kefir, and whole …

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Keyline Plowing and Soil Moisture

by Mikala Parr, RAIN Research Assistant In 2015 a trial involving a keyline subsoiler plow was put in place. Subsoiling can sometimes increase a soil’s water holding capacity by fracturing compacted layers (plow pans) and creating channels for water to infiltrate the soil. The keyline pattern runs across a slope – like contour cropping – and attempts to distribute water …

Management Tools for Syrup Producers

The Next Generation North program had a number of workshops over the last three months on topics of marketing, financial management and value-added processing. Not a lot of time was specifically on maple syrup producers, so this blog post summarizes some tools that producers may find useful. These tools come from Michael Farrell (Extension Associate) of Cornell University who spent …

Grazing Management 2016

by Mikala Parr, Research Assistant Soil Nutrients The pasture improvement demonstration and assessment project was looking at the effects of transitioning from continuous grazing to rotational grazing management in pastures. Soil samples were taken October 2016. When looking at the nutrient analysis, the only significant difference was sodium (Na). There was significantly more Na in the continuously grazed areas in …

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Relative Forage Quality of Trees

by Mikala Parr, Research Assistant In 2007 a short rotation woody coppice plantation was established by the Canadian Forest Service to assess the potential of fast growing willow and poplar for bioenergy. A section of this plantation was fenced off in 2015. The idea of this project was to determine if willow and poplar regrowth would be an adequate food …