Expo 2018

FarmSmart Expo Program – July 12th – Elora Research Station

Mark your calendars now for FarmSmart Expo, Thursday July 12, 2018 at the Elora Research Station, 6182 2nd Line East, Ariss!FarmSmart EXpo 2018

Decimal degrees: 43.641846, -80.403844

For FarmSmart Expo, all participants are split into small groups, which rotate around the various stations. Conversation and questions are encouraged. If you want to know something, ask!


OSCIA Members:  $90

Non-Members – $125 (includes of 1 year membership)

Students:  $45

On-line registration or call AICC to register at 1-877-424-1300

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Continuing Education Credits have been applied for.

8:30     Registration opens
9:10     Introductions
9:30     Start of first session
12:00   Lunch by Alma Ladies
4:00     Have a safe trip home


Soil Diagnosing – Adam Hayes,  Anne Verhallen, OMAFRA

We will be setting up a number of situations, more than we need so we have some good stuff to work with. They will include soil compaction, sidewall compaction, nutrient and pH issues, different levels of organic matter showing the colour and structure, soil profiles, possibly some cover crop seedlings to show what they may look like as volunteer in the spring and possibly more.

New Planter Technology – The iCubed Water Jet Planter – James Dyck and Ben Rosser, OMAFRA

This new concept in planting uses high pressure water jet to create the seed furrow and will compare to conventional planter units. We will explore how the two compare in cutting residue, forming a seed trench, placing the seed and closing the seed trench. How does this system change the paradigm of crop planting?

The Need For Sulphur in Ontario Crops – John Lauzon UG-SES and Jake Munroe OMAFRA

There continues to be lots of antidotal talk about the need for sulphur in fields crops across Ontario. This session will look at S plots in Soys, and Cereals and talk about other work in Corn and Alfalfa based on research trials that are completed or ongoing.

Growing Dry Bean Variety Mixtures to Increase Crop Resiliency and Capture Ecosystem Services – Peter Pauls UG-PAg and Meghan Moran OMAFRA

Exploring the feasibility of increasing genetic diversity in cropping systems by using mixtures of common bean varieties instead of monocultures. Such studies are examining the potential that cultivar mixture cropping has benefits over monoculture cropping in controlling disease, increasing water use efficiency and increasing yield stability. The results from the first year showed that there is no yield penalty to using mixtures instead of monocultures.


DIY Sensors for Solving On Farm Data Questions – John Van de Vegte, OMAFRA Engineer

This will be a hands on session where small groups will build two types of sensors assembled from easily purchased components and that can be used on the farm to track inputs for operations you are interested in. Two different sensors will be assembled by small groups and they will record and download data. These will be an automated Liquid Level Sensor and an Ammonia Monitoring Sensor.

Getting Bang for Your Manure Buck with In-Crop Drag Hose Application – Chris Brown, OMAFRA

In crop application of manure has significant benefits over applications made at other times of the year but has one big disadvantage, how do you make in crop applications without significant trampling and compaction on the crop. Chris will use a demonstration of various crop stage timings of drag hose applications to show the use of this application technology in standing corn.

Current Weed Control Options and Weed Control Strategies! – Clarence Swanton UG-PAg and Mike Cowbrough OMAFRA

This session will explore the wide range of weed control options that are available in corn and soybean production systems and show how to optimize the effectiveness of chosen strategies.

Soil Compaction Primer! Did we do the right things this spring? – Peter Johnson Real Agriculture, Alex Barrie OMAFRA and Eric Brubacher OK Tire Elmira

Using a large self-propelled sprayer with different tire configurations, technologies and inflation pressures, the group will demonstrate dramatically how the choices you make can greatly impact the potential for soil compaction which ultimately impacts the soils ability to deliver production and environmental positive outcomes. They will discuss based on the experiences of this past spring that put added pressure on getting farm equipment into the field.