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Farm Management Canada (FMC) and the Canadian Association of Diploma in Agriculture Programs (CADAP) are proud to announce the 2015-2016 Excellence Award for Ag Students Competition is accepting applications.

FMC and CADAP collect submissions from agricultural students across Canada and select three winners who will receive scholarships towards furthering their education in agriculture. First place wins $1,500!

*All applications must be received no later than May 6th 2016

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Did you know that windbreaks:

  • increase crop yield, improve soil moisture distribution over fields and reduce soil loss?
  • provide shade and shelter for livestock?
  • minimize spray drift and odours?
  • decrease the amount of snow drift onto driveways and roads?
  • enhance biodiversity and wildlife habitat
  • can generate alternative income?
windbreak by a soybean field

Plant a Windbreak

Windbreaks have many benefits for farmers and rural landowners, and more than make up for the loss of land they use. Fall is the perfect time to start planning for a spring planting. Here are some things you need to do to get started:

Do a site assessment where the windbreak will be planted.

Decide on the tree species you would like to plant based on why you’re planting a windbreak and your site’s characteristics.

Develop a planting plan.

Confirm the number of trees you’ll need and place your tree order. You can order trees through nurseries and some conservation authorities.

Prepare the site by marking out in-row and between-row tree spacing, tilling, mulching, mowing and/or band or spot spraying, and placing black plastic mulch over the area to control weeds.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has many resources to help you with windbreak planning. Visit our website to watch our four windbreak videos on planning, planting, maintenance and windbreak successes. Our free Best Management Practices book, “Establishing Tree Cover,” provides a step-by-step guide for planning and planting a windbreak.

For more information about windbreaks and for help with planning a windbreak, contact your local conservation authority.

For more information about OMAFRA’s resources, contact OMAFRA’s Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

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eroded hillside

Preventing Soil Erosion is Key

The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE2) is a software programdesigned to help farmers estimate the potential for soil erosion under different land management and cropping practices. The software overcomes many of the limitations of the previous USLE equation.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) staff has adapted the RUSLE2 for Ontario farmers by incorporating climate, soil and management practices common to the province.

We have created five interactive tutorials to help you use RUSLE2 for Ontario. The easy-to-follow audio/visual guides give step-by-step instructions on using RUSLE2 to help you assess the cropping and tillage practices you use on your farm.

Find out how you can prevent soil erosion from your fields! Visit the OMAFRA website to watch the tutorials and to download RUSLE2.

Do you have questions about RUSLE2? Contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

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