Breaking Ground Newsletter Spring 2014

1 May

The North Eastern Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association is pleased to provide you with this season’s current information on agriculture in North Eastern Ontario.

The Spring 2014 Edition includes the following articles…

– Lifetime Achievement Winner John Rowsell, North Eastern Region

– Northern Ontario Farm Innovation Alliance: March Update

– Soil Health: Gaining New Life Through Cover Crops

– Why Pre-Plant Herbicides Are So Critical In Soybean Production

– Mob Grazing, Stocking Rate and Stock Density

– OSCIA Commitment to On Farm Trials and Projects

… and many more!

Click the link below to download your copy today!

 NEOSCIA Breaking Ground Farm Newsletter Spring 2014

The Breaking Ground Farm Newsletter is published 4 times yearly by N.E.O.S.C.I.A.

To have the Breaking Ground Farm Newsletter sent directly to your email inbox, contact Graham Gambles, Regional Communication Coordinator, NEOSCIA, ( ).

To advertise in the Breaking Ground Farm Newsletter, contact Graham Gambles, Regional Communication Coordinator, NEOSCIA at either (705) 672-3105, or at

NLCAT Reunion Activities: Team Penning

1 May


On August 16 2014 there will be a special team penning/sorting event sponsored by the Northern Ontario Cow Horse Association at Cougar Ridge Farms on Greenwood Bridge rd. in Thornloe, starting at 10:00 AM.

 NOCHA is a club that was formed 4 years ago by some horse enthusiasts, including some of our past alumni Leo and Linda Giesen, and Dennis Peddie. The club holds a monthly show from May to September. Dennis, along with his wife Rena  run a cow calf operation and horse farm just north of New Liskeard on Greenwood Bridge Road, Thornloe.

 Leo, Linda, Dennis and Rena, along with Moira Taylor, Samantha Aitchison and Debbie Armstrong invite you to come out and spend a few hours with them watching some exciting cow horse fun!

NLCAT Reunion Update!

1 May


It has been twenty years since the New Liskeard College of Agricultural Technology closed. Many of the 800 alumni and staff have been requesting a reunion in 2014. NLCAT Alumni President Don Leggett, Jean-Denis Methot and Candy Keith have volunteered to plan the week-end of August 15-16, 2014. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get together once again in New Liskeard (Temiskaming Shores) with many fellow alumni and staff.

Dymond Hall has been booked for the Friday night reception and cash bar, starting at 8 pm, and the Saturday night Banquet and cash bar (6 pm). Gisele’s Catering, who ran the College cafeteria for years, will provide finger food for the Friday night reception and a choice of roast beef or roast chicken dinner on Saturday night.

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. The 2-day reunion package (Friday night reception and Saturday night Banquet) is $60/person. No tickets sold for one night only. Deadline to buy
tickets is Thursday July 31, 2014.

Suggested optional activities:

Tour of New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station, Friday afternoon at 1:30-4:30 pm. Meet at the former teaching arena parking lot. New Liskeard Farmers Market ( Riverside, Saturdays, 8 till noon);

Saturday Team Penning Event sponsored by Northern Ontario Cow Horse Association at Cougar Ridge Farms on Greenwood Bridge Rd. in Thornloe, starts at 10:00 AM;

Sunday Morning Brunch (participants plan for the brunch amongst themselves); the Steak Villa Restaurant, Temiskaming Mall, has a Sunday brunch from 10 am to 1:30 pm;

Foire Gourmande open August 15-17, in Ville-Marie, where visitors get to taste food from north western Quebec and North eastern Ontario.


A block of 25 rooms has been set aside at the Quality Inn, 705-647-7357 @$120/night for a standard room, non-smoker (1-2 persons). A block of 10 rooms has been set aside at Econo Lodge 705-647-6705; standard room (1-2 persons) @ $109/night. Both blocks are under the name NLCAT reunion. There are other interesting options under the following link,


To confirm your attendance, please copy and print the image below, and mail to the Reunion Organizers with your payment before the deadline, July 31, 2014.



NLCAT Aggies to meet in New Liskeard in 2014, 20 years after the closing of the Agricultural College

1 Jan

NLCAT  Aggies 1984 Yearbook CoverIn April 1994, the New Liskeard College of Agricultural Technology (NLCAT) closed its doors and eventually became the New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station (NLARS). About 800 students graduated from NLCAT between 1966 and 1994. A Facebook group, the NLCAT Aggies, was created a couple of years ago. It currently has 155 members who live all over Canada and beyond.

Back in April 2013, the Facebook group remembered “Black Friday” in 1993, twenty years ago, the day of the announcement that NLCAT would close a year later, in 1994. Discussions began online about a week-end reunion for all students and staff of the former NLCAT. This reunion is to mark 20 years since the College, as we knew it, closed.

The reunion will be held during the weekend of August 15-17, 2014. The draft agenda includes a welcoming reception on Friday night, a tour of NLARS (New Liskeard Agricultural Research Station) on Saturday, a Banquet on Saturday night and a closing brunch on Sunday morning.Also being considered as an option is the “Foire Gourmande” in Ville-Marie on Saturday.

This is a once in a lifetime homecoming opportunity for everyone to meet again and reminisce about their years spent at the College and to meet alumni from their class as well as from other classes and staff. This is also a great opportunity to bring along families with who to share those memories of the years at NLCAT. The biggest challenge is to locate all students and staff who were at NLCAT over the years.

We are asking anyone who knows NLCAT alumni and staff to make sure to let them know about this reunion. NLCAT alumni can either join the NLCAT Facebook group or contact JD Methot ( to provide their coordinates. Reunion details will be posted on Facebook and sent to everyone who provided their coordinates once the plans are finalized.

Join the NLCAT Aggies – New Liskeard College of Agricultural Technology  Group at

Temiskaming Regional Crop Tour

26 Jul

The Temiskaming Regional Crop Tour took place last Thursday Evening. Check out the pictures from the tour @ !!

Upcoming Events…

24 Jun

Ag Centre Crop Tours

On July 14, join Terry Phillips on the Bayer Dead Weeds Tour in Temiskaming. See new technology and get an update on new fungicide chemistry for cereals and canola. Then take a private tour at C&M Seeds test plots to take a look at new varieties of wheat.

Then on July 15, travel with Terry to the Ontario Canola Growers Assoc. Crop Production Center at Shawridge Farms (Arthur, ON). Take a look at new varieties and production techniques in a high yield environment. This is your chance to rub shoulders with some of the top producers in the Province.

For both events, please RSVP: Terry Phillips c/o Temiskaming Ac Center (705-647-6639) or e-mail him at

Sudbury Summer Crop

Farmers from across North Eastern Ontario and other interested persons are invited to join Sudbury District Soil & Crop Improvement Association for a crop tour on August 6 in the “Valley” area (north of the City of Sudbury).

We will gather at Sudbury Downs race track between 9:30 and 10:00 A.M. Buses will leave sharp at 10 to take us to our first stop to view a “Green Mines/Green Energy” project. This reclamation project features crops being grown for energy production on mine tailings which have been amended with paper mill sludge.  Our lunch stop will be at Beaulieu Farms which is a berry and produce operation. Next we will visit a large potato farm which includes a processing and packing operation.

The final visit of the afternoon is to an elk farm. This farm is also the location of a Sudbury Crop Improvement Association project in 2008 which featured various soil amendments. There will be an opportunity to see if any of the visual effects of these amendments are still evident. We then finish the day at “market Square” in downtown Sudbury for a barbeque.Please mark your calendars for this informative event!

Commencing Monday…

11 Jun

The Weed Crop Caravan Tour commences on June 14. First stop Utterson at 1pm. Here is a full list of the farms hosting the tour for each district. Hope to see some new faces there!!

Algoma–June 16th @7pm

Glenna Palmer and Dwayne Palmer

Onaknoll Farms

504 McPhail Rd., Plummer Township

Cochrane–June 17th@7pm

Andy and Francis Dodds

33 Concesion 12&1

Clute TWP

Manitoulin–June 16th@10am 

Jim and Birgit Martin

#8 Hwy 540A


Gore Bay, P0P 1H0

Muskoka–June 14th@1pm

Garry and Annie Bliss

RR # 3

178 South Lancelot Rd


Nipissing–June 15th@1pm

Aimée and Micheline Beaudry

226 Millrand Rd.

Verner P0H 2M0

Parry Sound–June 14th@7pm

Mark Kunkell

929 Maple Hill Road, Powassan

Sudbury–June 15th@7pm

Ray Brubacher

80 Wither Road

Walford,  P0P 2E0    

Temiskaming–June 18th@10:30am

Bert Jibb

925589 North Quarry rd

Kearns TWP, New Liskeard 

Bedstraw Herbicide Evaluation– Temiskaming Site

8 Jun

As of June 4th:

Preliminary Results:  after one year of the treatment, the treated sections with the herbicide “Milestone” low rate and high rate have mostly grasses but unfortunately we see traces of small bedstraw plants coming back in the stands. 2 sections also received 2,4-D in addition to the Milestone and at this point there are no differences.

Check 1: No Treatment

Low Rate  Milestone Treatment

Farm Show 2011

3 Jun

NEOSCIA does realize that the 45th Farm Show is ten plus months away, however the ball is rolling in planning it.

We have mentioned now numerous times that there are going to be some MAJOR (postive,of course) changes for next year’s show.

Here are some hints..

  1. Elk Lake Lake Eco Center
  2. Eat Local Sudbury
  3. Golden Beef

Any guesses on next year’s theme??