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Gus Ternoey's Blog – January 2012 Archive (5)

Bureaucracy in Ontario Agriculture

The weekend was very productive, the work on the new combine is ahead of schedule, finished up a bit of preventative maintenance on some equipment.  All in an attempt to put off the paperwork.  Some things just can't be put off too long without dire consequences.  

Last year I purchased my home farm, or more properly put, I took ownership of a big mortgage.  With the transfer of land, however, MPAC, the municipal property assessment corp, requires new proof that my 100 acres is in…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 30, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Working the Markets

Its the time of year I start to empty my grain bins.  The farm is situated in a flood plain and if the winter results in an ice jam at the mouth of the Thames river, several feet of water could easily lay over the land if any of the dikes let go.  This hasn't happened since 1976, but he who is not prepared will eventually suffer.  So generally I plan to get the bins empty or within a truck load of empty so it won't take too long to save the grain.  With the winter being mild, there is no ice…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 26, 2012 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Time to plan for Spring

Its a common misconception that a grain farmer gets the winter off.  Granted the daily chores are not so urgent as planting or harvest, but they need to get done eventually.  Unlike farms with livestock, who probably never get a day off, this is a slower time of year.  

The late fall resulted in a lot of delays in equipment maintenance.  Its now the time to make those repairs and modifications to equipment, without the pressure of having to get it done now.  My 5 furrow plow is ready…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 20, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Where is grain sold?

I must thank @DylanBisch for asking a me question that inspired this post.  

When my wife and I visit friends in urban areas they are ofter marvelled by just how much grain a farm produces and a very common question arrises, Who do you sell it to?  A very simple questions but there is no simple answer.  Without going into the complexities of how to market grains, i hope to shed a little light on how its sold.

I will simplify this process by grouping two sale classifications,…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 17, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments

My First Blog - reflecting on 2011

On my list of what to do in 2012, one of those items was to write a blog.  Last year i was introduced to the world of Twitter, but you can't always communicate ideas in 140 characters or less.

2011 marked the first year that i operated the entire family farm.  I am the 4th generation to use this land and much of the equipment i have was purchased by the 2nd, and even some that was used by my great grandfather.  I farm 265 workable acres and maintain a full time management position at…

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Added by Gus Ternoey on January 13, 2012 at 2:01pm — 2 Comments

Agriculture Headlines from Farms.com Canada East News - click on title for full story

Charges laid in cattle theft investigation

With the assistance of Livestock Services of Saskatchewan (LSS), RCMP have laid several charges against a Whitewood, Sask. man for cattle rustling. On June 28, a Saskatchewan RCMP Livestock Investigator received a report from LSS about a suspicious livestock transaction. Moosomin RCMP determined 14 calves had been stolen from a farm in the RM of Silverwood in three different incidents. Further investigation determined a man stole the calves and attempted to sell them. 34-year-old Ryan Bennett from the Whitewood, Sask. area is charged with three counts of theft of cattle over $5,000, three counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, and three counts of trafficking property obtained by crime over $5,000. Bennett is scheduled to appear in court in Moosomin on Aug. 20. Seven calves have since been recovered and returned to the farm.

Manitoba Ag Hall of Fame adds four individuals

Four names have been added to the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame. Hugh Drake, Dr. Don Flaten, Dr. Allan Preston, and Fred Tait were recognized for their contributions to Manitoba’s agriculture industry at a ceremony this week at Winnipeg’s Red River Exhibition Park. The nominees for 2024 are: Hugh Drake of Elkhorn, Man. dedicated most of his life to service on various boards within the agriculture industry in Manitoba. For 14 years Drake served as a director with three different grain companies. During this time, he also sat on the Heartland Livestock board, an amalgamation of Manitoba Pool Elevators and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool livestock markets. While Drake was on the board of Heartland Livestock, they built a new auction barn at Virden, Man. which is still in operation. In the late 80’s Drake participated in the provincial debt review board and played an active role assisting farmers in financial crisis. Drake dedicated his life and time away from his own businesses and fam

Québec names 2024 Outstanding Young Farmers

Due to an important transition for Québec Outstanding Young Farmers, the winners for 2024 were revealed during summer activities held at La Grange de l'île, Île d'Orléans, on July 3.

Ontario is investing in innovative agri-food research

The Ontario government is investing $7.2 million in The Ontario government is investing $7.2 million in 44 Ontario-led research and innovation projects. This investment is being made through the Ontario Agri-Food Innovation Alliance, a collaboration between the province, the University of Guelph and Agricultural Research and Innovation Ontario (ARIO).

Ontario Hazelnut Association organizes three farm tours

The Ontario Hazelnut Association has announced three farm tours at different locations around the province to showcase the broad growing range of the tree nuts.

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