This 2020 season has been off to an interesting start.

First, the Directors of NSSCIA elected me as President.  Larry and I have farmed on Flos Road 6, near Elmvale for 35 years.  We have a purebred Angus cow calf operation. I have a degree from Guelph in agriculture, majoring in soil science.  I have worked with the farmers of central Ontario since graduation as a soil and water conversation specialist and a land use planner for OMAF, ran my own agricultural consulting company, acted as an agronomist for Stratford Agri-Analysis and currently as an Agricultural Account Manager for RBC.

Second, the North Simcoe Association hosted its Annual Seed and Feed show on March 6, in Elmvale.  We had excellent participation throughout the show as well as a range of speakers.  The highlight was Dustin Mulock of Woodville presenting Cover Crop 2.0 to an interested audience of about 85 people.

The Show Grand and Reserve Champions left to right: Larry Agar, Alan Mosley, Steve Jones, Robert Giffen, Greg Parnell, Brian Temholder, Tony Nahuis, Eric Elsmere, and Gord Coutts

Dustin Mulock speaking at the NSSCIA Seed and Feed Show on March 6th, 2020


Third, most of us have remained on the farm while Covid-19 restrictions came into effect.  In mid-April, the executive and Summer tour committee were polled, and the decision was made to postpone our summer tour of the North Shore until 2021.

Finally, Plant 2020: Some early corn was planted in late April despite cooler than normal conditions.  May 8th came in with 6 inches of snow across much of Simcoe county.  The weather then turned abrupt right, and we have enjoyed a warmer drier than average May.  The vast majority of crops are now in the ground, and first cut hay is starting to be harvested.

Let’s hope the rest of 2020 is less exciting.

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