Late summer jobs By Mike Parker CCA-ON, CCS, 4R NMS Crop Sales Specialist Wanstead Farmers Co-operative - Alvinston
Now that the wheat is harvested and the soil sampling is well underway, what’s next on the to do list? We have been busy checking corn fields for leaf disease and Western Bean Cutworm (WBC) infestations. One of the insects we have noticed is the 12-spotted lady beetle. This a good guy like the traditional lady bird beetle and are predators on WBC larvae and other pests. Not every insect is bad one!
We are looking for some dedicated citizen scientists!
Would you like to be a citizen scientist with Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow network? (CoCoRahs) cocorahs.org/Canada
You would be part of a larger community of like-minded people that would help support our 80 automated weather stations with additional rainfall data to support our new initiative of the AGGrower Daily Dashboard program. This program allows our local farmers to access field specific climate information on each and every field and also receive timely agronomic management advice based on the current weather during the growing season.
What is required of you?
Currently live in Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, West Middlesex or Elgin Counties
Your keen interest and dedication to collecting rainfall
An open area free of obstructions at your property
Smart phone device, Android or IOS
Download the free CoCoRahs app at the app store
Record rainfall every time it happens and enter zeros when it does not
What we provide
Special rain gauge a $60 value at no charge
Installation on your site
Set up help
We could use your help! We need 300 volunteers, if you are interested please "CLICK HERE" and fill in the required contact information. We will respond in 48 hours.
You may also contact Paul deNijs at 226-626-1048
A collaboration of AGRIS Co-operative, Wanstead Farmers Co-operative and Haggerty Creek Ltd.
This project is funded in part through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of GF2 in Ontario.
AGGrower Daily Dashboard
Three local Agri-businesses team up to create a uniquely local southern Ontario-based weather network to provide better field specific recommendations
AGRIS Co-operative Ltd., Wanstead Farmers Co-operative Co. Ltd. and Haggerty Creek Ltd. have initiated the AGGrower Daily Dashboard project to address the need for better and more accurate weather information that will enable growers to enhance their ability to identify, respond quickly and efficiently to climactic events, and ultimately better adapt to and manage day-to-day risk.
“This new tool, part of our Advanced Information Systems suite of programs, provides the growing conditions information needed to fine-tune operational and input decision-making ‘by crop, and by individual field’ using the 4R’s throughout the planting, growing and harvesting season”, explains project lead Dale Cowan, senior agronomist for the three participating firms.
Please contact your local Wanstead Farmers' Co-operative branch for more details.
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