The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Celebrates National Soil Conservation Week April 21 – 27 2019 Guelph, Ontario National Soil Conservation Week, championed by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC), is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of healthy soil resources to OSCIA members, participants in OSCIA-administered programs, and all Ontarians. “Promotion of soil […]

National Soil Conservation Week: A Time for Reflection on the Role of Healthy Soil for Healthy Food April 16, 2019 Guelph, Ontario – Each year in April, National Soil Conservation Week is celebrated to bring special attention to the role of farmland soil for providing abundant food for consumers. Not to be taken for granted, […]

Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association names two winners for the first time Kingston ON, 11 February 2019. A Middlesex County farmer and a long-time provincial government soil specialist are the recipients of this year’s Soil Champion Award. The award recognizes leaders in sustainable soil management and was presented by the Ontario Soil and Crop […]

February 20, 2019 Guelph, ON – The 2019 slate of Provincial Directors for the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) was introduced in early February at their annual conference in Kingston. Taking the reins as president for the one-year term is Les Nichols from Bruce County. OSCIA, founded in 1939, is a unique not-for-profit […]

by Christine Brown, Nutrient Management Lead – Field Crops, OMAFRA The opportunity to get bedded-pack cattle manure was too good to pass up. But now as the field in front of me is a sea of white with deep drifts, one question arises, “Where is the best location to temporarily store the manure?” With society’s […]

by Christine Brown, Nutrient Management Lead, OMAF and MRA BMP’s suggest that seed placed fertilizer, residue management and cover crops will help prevent soil phosphorus from reaching water courses. Manure application requires extra attention to prevent phosphorus losses, especially during winter and snow melt conditions. Phosphorus (P) is essential to plant growth. Crop root growth […]

Christine Brown, Field Crop Sustainability Specialist, OMAFRA, Woodstock November 15, 2018 Protecting watersources from manure would be a lot easier if the weather would cooperate. After a relatively good growing season, the conditions since September have been wetter than normal with only short windows between rain events to complete harvest and field work. A challenging […]

OSCIA Names Straathof as Program Director Guelph, Ontario, October 5, 2018 – Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is pleased to welcome Angela Straathof as Program Director. The Program Director position was created when two former program development and delivery units in the Guelph office were merged into one. The move will bring each […]

by Tim Brook, 2017 With farms, woods, wildlife and fresh air, rural residents cherish the charm and beauty of the countryside. Many people move from cities seeking peace and a pristine environment in the country. Most people understand that a rural community includes farmers and that farming is a business.  Ontario’s agriculture and food sector employs […]

The Votes Are In—Perth County Producer Is New Ontario Forage Master March 9, 2018 Guelph ON. Last year a bold new approach for the decades-old Ontario Forage Masters Competition was introduced by Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). The new format centered on a self-assessment to identify best practices already followed and identify areas […]