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Merry Christmas – From the Shea AG team!

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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 )

DEKALB’S EARLY ORDER EARLY PAY DEADLINES 

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

 

Soybeans

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

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.

ATTENTION!

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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Yetter Stalk Devastator

Yetter Stalk Devastator

 Key Features:

  • Reduces damage to tires and tracks
  • Faster decomposition and microbial break down of residue
  • Spring loaded and adjustable down pressure allows them follow the ground
  • Preserves residue cover and in-turn residing soil erosion and keeping stalks from blowing away

Fits most makes and models of corn heads

Operations that best fit Yetter Stalk Devastator:

  • Corn on corn growers
  • High management corn growers – Faster break down of green stalks
  • Growers struggling with no-till beans into corn stalks

 

A great product for anyone looking at better corn stalk residue management!

 

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August Newsletter 2018

Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS)

Is your farm eligible?

Do you have a Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN)and Premises Identification (PID) Number?

Do you have an Environmental Farm Plan?

Do you have a Farmland Health Check-Up? (All Check-Ups completed in previous years are eligible)

Are you in the priority area?

Application Window – NOW TILL AUGUST 28th,2018

A farm business may submit up to three applications to LEADS for the 2018-2019 program year. Applications will continue to be accepted until the funds for the 2018-19 year are fully allocated. Eligible projects must be new to the farm business. A separate application must be submitted for each project. Projects submitted to LEADS cannot receive funding from any other CAP program.

How do I submit my application?

Applications for LEADS will be accepted on a continuous basis beginning April 3, 2018. Applications are submitted electronically*. You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net. Emailed applications will not be accepted. *If you cannot apply online, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1 Stone Road West, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2. Copies of the Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

When do projects start and finish?

The start date for your project is the date that OSCIA sends you an Approval Letter for the successful project. Projects cannot be started before this date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Approval Letter is sent. The project completion and claim submission deadline is December 1, 2018. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant no later than this date.

Tillage and Nutrient Application Equipment Modifications

Projects will focus on supporting equipment modification for: no-till and strip-till; fertilizer and residue management; adjustment of new or existing equipment to reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss; or to increase soil health.

To apply you must

  • Have a verified complete 4th Edition or a peer-reviewed 3rd Edition EFP
  • Be located within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
  • Have a completed Farmland Health Check-Up, working with a participating Certified Crop Advisor
  • Eligible activities and expenditures

    Fertilizer management options that work in high residue or no-till situations 

    • Liquid planter kits ( corn planters )
    • Y-Drops

     Tillage and planting improvements that works in high residue or no-till situations

  •  Strip-tillers, Row Cleaners, Hydraulic Down Force, No-Till planter parts 

Crop residue and soil health management improvements

  • Row Cleaners, Roller Crimpers

Cost-Share Percent: 45 Percent

Maximum available cost-share per project: $20,000

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed on page 13
  • Reduced tillage equipment if previously used for any crops within rotation
  • Yield monitors
  • Annual services fees of any type
  • Upgrades to tractors, combines or spray equipment
  • Tires or tracks
  • Self-propelled equipment
  • Maintenance costs
  • Warranties for equipment or components used to modify equipment
  • Any tillage equipment that is not strip-till or no-till
  • Vertical tillage
  • Any equipment or equipment customizations that do not support an increase in soil health or a decrease in nutrient loss

Required documentation

  • Certificate of completion for a 3rd Edition EFP or letter of verification for a 4th Edition EFP

Application form available below 

All of this information plus more can be found at https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jake at 519-777-6447 or email [email protected]

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Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS)

Lake Erie Agriculture Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS)

Is your farm eligible?

Do you have a Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN)and Premises Identification (PID) Number?

Do you have an Environmental Farm Plan?

Do you have a Farmland Health Check-Up? (All Check-Ups completed in previous years are eligible)

Are you in the priority area?

How often can I apply?

A farm business may submit up to three applications to LEADS for the 2018-2019 program year. Applications will continue to be accepted until the funds for the 2018-19 year are fully allocated. Eligible projects must be new to the farm business. A separate application must be submitted for each project. Projects submitted to LEADS cannot receive funding from any other CAP program.

How do I submit my application?

Applications for LEADS will be accepted on a continuous basis beginning April 3, 2018. Applications are submitted electronically*. You can apply and submit all required documentation at ontarioprograms.net. Emailed applications will not be accepted. *If you cannot apply online, you may send hard copy applications and all required documentation to OSCIA by post or courier to 1 Stone Road West, Guelph ON N1G 4Y2. Copies of the Application Forms are available at ontarioprogramguides.net.

When do projects start and finish?

The start date for your project is the date that OSCIA sends you an Approval Letter for the successful project. Projects cannot be started before this date. Eligible costs can only be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant after the date on which the Approval Letter is sent. The project completion and claim submission deadline is December 1, 2018. Eligible costs must be incurred, invoiced and paid for by the applicant no later than this date.

Tillage and Nutrient Application Equipment Modifications

Projects will focus on supporting equipment modification for: no-till and strip-till; fertilizer and residue management; adjustment of new or existing equipment to reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss; or to increase soil health.

To apply you must

  • Have a verified complete 4th Edition or a peer-reviewed 3rd Edition EFP
  • Be located within the Lake Erie or Lake St. Clair watersheds
  • Have a completed Farmland Health Check-Up, working with a participating Certified Crop Advisor

Eligible activities and expenditures

Fertilizer management options that work in high residue or no-till situations

  • Equipment or components to enable banding, variable or controlled applications
  • Fertilizer carts, if used in conjunction with existing strip-till units
  • Companion tanks for nitrogen on a manure application system
  • Y-drop technology

Tillage and planting improvements that works in high residue or no-till situations

  • Strip-till units or components
  • No-till units or components
  • Equipment for the purpose of no-till planting
  • Equipment for the purpose of managing the planting of cover crops

Crop residue and soil health management improvements

  • Row cleaners
  • Roller crimpers
  • Trash whippers

Cost-Share Percent: 40 Percent

Maximum available cost-share per project: $30,000

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • All ineligible activities and expenditures as detailed on page 13
  • Reduced tillage equipment if previously used for any crops within rotation
  • Yield monitors
  • Annual services fees of any type
  • Upgrades to tractors, combines or spray equipment
  • Tires or tracks
  • Self-propelled equipment
  • Maintenance costs
  • Warranties for equipment or components used to modify equipment
  • Any tillage equipment that is not strip-till or no-till
  • Vertical tillage
  • Any equipment or equipment customization’s that do not support an increase in soil health or a decrease in nutrient loss

Required documentation

  • Certificate of completion for a 3rd Edition EFP or letter of verification for a 4th Edition EFP

Other useful information

  • Funding will be limited to the Medium Priority funding level
  • Funding can be accessed only once for a single piece of equipment for the duration of the LEADS program

All of this information plus more can be found at https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/.  If you have any questions or would like a quote contact us at Shea AG today, we would like to help you out.

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Monsanto Scholarship 2018

Good Afternoon,

Monsanto is proudly celebrating 27 years of scholarships to deserving high school students across the country entering their first year of post-secondary education in agriculture, food science or culinary arts, at a Canadian college or university.  This year, Monsanto Canada estimates it will provide approximately 65 scholarships.  Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 and will be awarded to students who meet the criteria set out in the application form.  Deadline to apply is May 31, 2018!

How to Apply

Step 1
Download, Print and Fill out the Application Form Monsanto Scholarship Application 2018

Step 2
Gather the following items to submit:

You’re Completed Application Form
Two References (excluding family members)

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, 2018:

Mail Delivery:
Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship
Monsanto Canada Inc.
900-One Research Rd.
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 http://www.monsanto.ca/ourcommitments/pages/opportunityscholarship.aspx for more information on the 2018 Monsanto Fund Opportunity Scholarship program.

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