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Ellengowan Farms selected as winner of Farm Bin Promotion by Horst Systems
Ellengowan Farms from Paisley, Ontario has been selected as the winner of the 2013 farm bin promotion by Earl Horst Systems Ltd. of Elmira. With the purchase of a GSI 48-14 FCDL farm bin, Jairus Maus of Ellengowan Farms was entered into the draw. Maus has won free concrete work and bin construction from Horst Systems for this storage bin.


The 48-14 FCDL was the largest bin purchased as part of the Horst promotion, and the prize value is estimated at over $28,000.00. With a 48’ diameter, and a peak height of 65′, this bin has a maximum capacity of 82,311 bushels. Along with this additional storage, the Ellengowan expansion also includes a 5,600 BPH receiving pit and leg, a GSI 30-11 TopDry system, and electrical work by WireTech Electrical Contractors.

Maus was delighted to learn that he had won the draw, and met with Randy Leis of Horst Systems at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in September to accept the prize.

Mycogen adds more power to its grain corn lineup for 2014
Mycogen® Seeds is adding four new grain corn hybrids to its already extensive lineup of corn seed. The four hybrids are all available as Dow AgroSciences’ Refuge Advanced corn hybrids powered by SmartStax. They include the latest in insect protection with the ease of planting a single-bag solution for refuge requirements. 

8380RA is a SmartStax hybrid which is an expert at dealing with difficult growing conditions such as poorly drained or compacted soil conditions as it puts down very strong roots. It is rated at 2850 Crop Heat Units (CHU) and 95 days relative maturity. It also provides good drought tolerance to provide yield stability in lower yield fields. This hybrid emerges strongly in early season.

8565RA is a medium height hybrid with excellent stalks, roots and staygreen. This variety has shown very stable performance. It stays intact late in the season so is a good choice if harvest has to be delayed. It is rated at 3125 CHU and 104 relative maturity.

8590RA shows consistently high yields with solid agronomics. It is widely adapted for a broad range of soils, with excellent roots and strong stalks. It is a hybrid which maintains good health through the growing season and stays intact late into the season. It is rated at 3150 CHU and 106 days relative maturity.

8635RA is one of Mycogen’s top yield performers. It is a medium-height hybrid that offers excellent standability. Yield performance is driven by consistent, moderately girthy ears with deep kernels. It also features outstanding root and stalk strength. It is grown in areas which are rated for 3225 CHU and will mature at 108 days relative maturity.

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FCC marks grand opening of New Liskeard office
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) recently celebrated the grand opening of a satellite office in New Liskeard, located at 998009 Highway 11.

“As Canada’s leading agriculture lender, we’re happy to open this new satellite office in New Liskeard,” said Dany Gingras, District Director at FCC. “We’re here to help producers pursue opportunities and we’ll work with them through challenges to provide the level of service they’ve come to expect from their financial partner.”

FCC market research found that New Liskeard was a central location for FCC’s customers from Northern Ontario and from the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region in Quebec.

FCC began operations at the New Liskeard office last March, serving the agriculture industry with two employees: Jay Labonté, relationship manager and Céline Séguin, customer service representative. Jack Phillips is another relationship manager, located at the North Bay office. He will work part time for the New Liskeard office.

The New Liskeard office has a five-year lease on the 2,467-square-feet office space, with an option to renew for an additional five years. As a satellite office, it will be open by appointment only.


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