I write this in mid-September and soybean harvest has started – dramatically different than the last few years when we raced poor weather in the fall to complete harvest.
Although a very challenging year, in general, crops look very good in Southern Ontario. With soybean harvest just starting, it gives a great opportunity to plant winter wheat and attempt to get crop rotations back to normal after several years of more soybeans than usual. Wheat also helps with soil health as several years of soybeans can be tough on land.
I would encourage you to attend the Ontario Agricultural Conference via online in January 2021. This conference, typically called SouthWest Ag Conference, will be entirely online this year and is open to everyone without registration caps. This will include two days of knowledge, interesting speakers and continuing education credits for those who need them.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are holding our annual meeting online this year in early December. Please check your email or mailbox for more details. We hope to run our usual Summer Crop tour in early August 2021.
In closing, I hope everyone has a safe, productive and profitable year.
Don McGugan, President LSCIA
(My day job is an Investment Advisor at BMO Nesbitt Burns and I am also involved in our family cash crop farm in Brooke-Alvinston. I graduated with a Masters in Business Administration degree from York University and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier. I have been a director of LSCIA since 2014 and served as 2nd Vice President in 2018).