Bayer Scholarship 2019

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The Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program is available to Canadian high school students who are enrolled in their final year of high school as of May 31, 2019 and eligible to graduate from high school in 2019. Those eligible for a scholarship must be planning to enroll at a Canadian post secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program.

If you have applied for entry into a college or university, but have not yet been accepted, you can still apply for a Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you must provide an acceptance letter from your educational institution.

Successful applicants will each be awarded a scholarship valued at $1,500, based on demonstrated academic standards and leadership in the community. Selection will be made by an independent panel.

How to Apply

Step 1
Download, Print and Fill out the Application Form Monsanto Scholarship Application 2019

Step 2
Gather the following items to submit:
• Your Completed Application Form
• Two References (excluding family members)
• One Reference Letter
• One Completed Farmer Nomination Form or Food Professional Nomination Form Farmer & Food professional Nomination Form
• University/College Acceptance Letter*
• Working Copy of High School Transcript
• Application Essay

Step 3
Return your application (with all attachments) post-marked by May 31, 2019:

Mail Delivery:
Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship
Bayer Crop Science
900 – One Research Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 6E3

Email Delivery:
[email protected]

NOTE: Please include PDF of application form, Word document of essay and scanned files of letters and transcripts.

Visit https://www.cropscience.bayer.ca/Our-Company/ScholarshipInformation/Opportunity-Scholarship for more information on the 2019 Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship program.

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Precision Planting Award

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Your Invited!

Welcome to 2019!

2018 is hopefully in our review mirror as we drive forward into the New Year. Just a reminder Shea Ag is testing corn meters and now is a great time to get yours done.

We also would like to inform you about some of the up coming events:

January 16th, 2019 at the Lamplighter Inn Best Western is the Precision Planting Winter Conference. Here’s a link to register for the event: Register Here

Additionally if you are interested in great discussion on growing wheat or to learn more about Drills there’s a second day the January 17th in the morning we will be covering Seeder Force.

The following week come find us for some hot deals at the Chatham Kent Farm Show! We look forward to seeing you there!

Other Shows we will be at in the next few months:

  • Precision Ag Conference Feb 5&6th 2019, put on by Farms.com where the latest in Precision Ag is show cased!
  • London Farm Show, March 6th to 8th 2019 be sure to stop by as well
  • Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic, March 19th, 2019


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Merry Christmas – From the Shea AG team!

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Try It, Before You Buy It

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Agronomic Newsletter

Good morning,

With all the struggles surrounding corn harvest this fall Dekalb has put together an Agronomic newsletter to help educate us on the different Diseases and Moulds affecting corn.

Attached is an info letter and an Agronomic Ratings Chart for our Dekalb Corn lineup.

Please take a look and understand how the environment has affected hybrids differently.

If you would like to discuss or help in understanding the news letter or agronomic chart please call one of our team and we will gladly help you thru the process.

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Stalk Rot & Vomitoxin Newsletter

Attention Grower!

With the recent cool weather slowing down soybean harvest we thought we would share with you some information that you should keep an eye out for.

Stalk rots are something we should be on the lookout for. If you didn’t apply a fungicide to some fields we suggest going out and checking for stalk quality or have one of us come out with you to see if there are any issues. Stalk rot generally occur during late season stress like leaf disease. The leaf diseases slow down photosynthesis causing some hybrids to then cannibalize the stalk in order to finish filling the ear. Be mindful when starting harvest and pick the field where stalk quality is an issue.

Checking Stalk Quality ( Click Link for more information )

Example of Gibberella Stalk Rot                                                                     Example of a Health Stalk

Vomitoxin is a problem in this year’s corn crop!  It is not variety specific or location specific.  You’re not able to physically see it.  We have supplied a few samples on how to sample for vomitoxin along with how to harvest if you are affected by it.

With not a lot of dry weather post flowering we are seeing some ear mould out in the corn fields. Infection is occurring in fields that might be showing some tip back, hail, bird or insect damage. Another thing we have noticed is the late emerging corn plants have a high rate of infection due to the miss application of a fungicide or tip back compared to the rest of the plants. This is another reason attention to planting is very important. Fields that are showing some ear mould should be harvested first and also should be dried down to stop the spread.

Ear Mould Pictures and Descriptions  ( Click Link for more information )

Best Practices for Harvest:

  • Segregate suspected field with high levels or areas where there was lots of damage.
  • Harvest the fields with the higher levels first and get the grain dried down to 15% to stop the growth of the moulds.
  • Try to minimize the combine damage and reduce the amount of the small kernels in the sample.
  • Set fan speeds higher to blow lower density damaged kernels out the back of the combine
  • Clean out pieces of cob, fines and red dog as they could be a source of mould.
  • Check the dried stored grain regularly to make sure no wet spots or hot spots in the bin formed.
  • If you are an Agri Corp customer contact them if you have damage.

How to Take Samples:

  • Samples must be representative so either using a probe or taking cup full’s from the grain stream throughout the load is best
  • Mix the samples thoroughly and get the sample tested as soon as possible as delayed testing could lead to miss leading results.
  • A&L labs is doing VOM testing along with other Feed labs in the area. They will give the most accurate reading of the levels in your corn.

Moving forward to 2019. This year’s weather was perfect for Ear mould infections and is why it’s been very hard to prepare for it. Yes some hybrids are showing higher levels than others but we are also seeing differences based on planting date, Tassel date and local specific weather. Different regions are also showing drastic differences. In one county or township a hybrid is testing for high levels and a few miles in either direction its testing low. There are hybrids with some resistances but there are no hybrids that are completely resistant to getting infected.  We are asking everyone this harvest to see how their corn is to build a local data base to help understand this issue better for the future corn crops.

Corn ear mould and vomitoxin (DON) survey sampling locations and results from grower fields in 2018.

2018 Grain Corn Ear Mould and Vomitoxin  ( Click Link for more information )


We have begun our 2019 seed ordering season!  Here are some key dates to keep in mind during the next couple weeks!

DeKalb Early Order Deadline – November 28, 2018

DeKalb Early Pay Deadline – December 7, 2018

Don’t forget about the additional savings based on your Order Volume.

We will be around to discuss your seed needs for 2019, ensuring you get all your discounts that you qualify for.

For more information call us today!

   Jeff Shea                     Cole Koolen                       Jake O’Neil                           Carrigan MacDougall

519-521-5446               519-464-2653                    519-777-6447                              519-318-4612

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October 2018 Newsletter

Harvest Preview



With August rains comes much anticipation for this year’s soybean harvest. For the most part beans in the Lambton County and Middlesex area are looking for a strong yield. Some Varieties that have stood out in our opinion this year are:

DKB 20-14 – Performs best on no-till clay fields. 20-14 Has looked great all year.

DKB 24-97 – Great standing variety and has really stood out in the clay no-till as well. More of a fuller season for Northern Lambton County.

Stay tuned for more information about harvest as we plan to keep you posted with what we are seeing this year at harvest!


Corn harvest is going to be here much sooner than last year. With close to 3500 heat units in the London area since May 1st most hybrids are nearing black layer or have reached black layer depending when you started planting. Couple standout hybrids this year are:

DKC 50-26 – is a new Hybrid this year and has been given the Disease Shield status from Dekalb.  Disease shield products have exceptional resistant to the major corn diseases we face as growers.

DKC 52-84 – isn’t a new Hybrid but has been looking very good this year again.

Contact us if you are looking for a Yield monitor calibration or simple weigh off of some strips to compare different hybrids on your farm.


If you would like to Try Climate FieldView for FREE, for a whole year Contact us about getting set up this fall and see the value Climate FieldView can bring to your operation!


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360 Bullet Points

Bullet Points

Your ripper is likely leaving 40% of the soil undisturbed

Key Features:

  • Bolts right on to most makes and models or rippers
  • Breaks up compaction though out the entire soil profile
  • Eliminate un-worked berms allowing more root access to nutrients
  • Aerodynamic design allows same tractor to pull the ripper
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