Farming is like playing five-card poker with four cards.

Rural Wit and Wisdom, Jerry Apps

The Main Principles of Organic Farming

I’ve listed below some of the main principles of organic farming.

*The principle of health; claims that organic farming is intended to protect the enhance the health of all organisms

*The principle of ecology; which is based on the fact that organic farming should protect and benefit the environment (landscape, climate, natural habitats, air, water, soil)

*The principle of fairness; aims to provide socially and ecologically appropriate management over environmental resources, as well as provide a sufficient supply of quality food and other products.

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Area, Yield, Production of Specified Field Crops

I was on the OMAFRA website and I came across this and I figured that I’d share it.

2017 Grains & Oilseed
Crops Acres Seeded Acres Harvested Yield (Bu/Acre) Production (‘000 bu)
Winter Wheat 920,000 920,000 87.3 80,300
Spring Wheat 90,000 90,000 46.7 4,200
Fall Rye 100,000 46,000 41.1 1,890
Oats 70,000 55,000 83.8 4,610
Barley 80,000 75,000 61.2 4,590
Mixed Grain 80,000 65,000 61.8 4,020
Grain Corn 2,120,000 2,060,000 167.0 344,000
Canola 45,000 43,000 46.5 2,000
Soybeans 3,075,000 3,060,000 45.6 139,500
2016 Grains & Oilseeds
Winter Wheat 975,000 975,000 90.9 88,600
Spring Wheat 90,000 90,000 53.3 4,800
Fall Rye 80,000 48,000 47.9 2,300
Oats 60,000 50,000 84.0 4,200
Barley 100,000 95,000 63.2 6,000
Mixed Grain 90,000 70,000 65.7 4,600
Grain Corn 2,025,000 2,000,000 158.5 317,000
Canola 40,000 39,000 41.9 1,635
Soybeans 2,710,000 2,700,000 45.9 124,000

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http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/crops/estimate_new.htm#Imperial

The Real Seasons

I was reading the Farmers Paperwork and I came across The Real Seasons. After reading this, I thought it was so true. So I thought I’d share.

The Real Seasons
Winter
Fool’s Spring
Second Winter
Spring of Deception
Third Winter
Mud Season
Actual Spring
Summer
False Fall
Second Summer
Actual Fall

 

When cultivating corn with a tractor, keep one eye on the corn row, one eye on the cultivator, one eye looking out for the stones, and one eye on the fence at the end of the field.

Rural Wit and Wisdom, Jerry Apps

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.

Bill Bryson

The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.

John F. Kennedy, attributed, Whispers from the Farm

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech in Peoria,Illinois, Sep 25,1956

 

Just a reminder for Class 12 Pesticides

As of August 31, 2017 a Professional Pest Advisor must conduct the inspection of soil on a farm property located in geographic area listed in Schedule 1 of the regulation and must complete and sign the inspection of soil form. The Professional Pest Advisor who completed this form must indicate which one of the four qualifications apply by checking the appropriate box.

As of August 31, 2018 a Professional Pest Advisor must conduct the inspection of soil on a farm property located in geographic area listed in Schedule 2 of the regulation and must complete and sign the inspection of soil form. The Professional Pest Advisor who completed this form must indicate which one of the four qualifications apply by checking the appropriate box.

As of August 31, 2019 a Professional Pest Advisor must conduct the inspection of soil on a farm property located in geographic area listed in Schedule 3 of the regulation and must complete and sign the inspection of soil form. The Professional Pest Advisor who completed this form must indicate which one of the four qualifications apply by checking the appropriate box.

Schedule 1 Geographic Area Schedule 2 Geographic Area Schedule 3 Geographic Area
Dufferin Bruce Algoma Manitoulin
Frontenac Elgin Brant Niagara
Halton Grey Chatham-Kent Northumberland
Lambton Haldimand Cochrane Parry Sound
Middlesex Hamilton Durham Perth
Muskoka Huron Essex Peterborough
Prince Edward Nippissing Haliburton Prescott and Russell
Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry Norfolk Hastings Rainy River
Toronto Ottawa Kawartha Lakes Renfrew
Wellington Oxford Kenora Simocoe
Peel Lanark Thunder Bay
Sudbury Leeds and Grenville Thimiskaming
Waterloo Lennox and Addington York

We encourage everyone to get involved and celebrate. It’s a time to showcase all the amazing things happening in the industry. As Canadians we can be proud that farmers produce among the safest high-quality food for our country and the world. It contributes $108 billion (6.6%) to Canada’s GDP and Canada is the world’s fifth-largest agricultural exporter. 97% of farms out there are family farms. Famers love what they do and agriculture isn’t just their business, it is their passion and way of life. No matter how you look at it, Canadian Agriculture is a success story. So on Feb 13, let’s start having Ag and Food conversations. So let’s get out there and celebrate this day!

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