With September drawing to a close, harvests across the northeast are getting close to doing the same. Post-harvest, farmers know that preparing for winter is one of the busiest and most important times of the year. Indeed, work done in the fall can save time, effort, and money in the spring.

On August 12 the West Nipissing – East Sudbury Soil and Crop Improvement Association (WNES SCIA) held their annual crop tour in partnership with the Co-op Régionale. This was the first public agricultural event held in the region since COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings were relaxed.

When it comes to crop inputs sometimes guessing is the best that farmers can do, but it is an expensive and inefficient way to grow crops. While there are some fascinating technological advances under development which will likely change the way farmers manage crop fertility by the end of the decade, there is already an inexpensive, time proven, and effective solution – grid soil sampling.

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