HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
The Most Profitable Acre Challenge
Ontario corn and soybean farmers are invited to enter The Most Profitable Acre Challenge, a contest that tests business savvy, celebrates farmers who have implemented best business management practices, and encourages all farmers to evaluate the way they run their businesses to maximize efficiencies and profitability.
The Most Profitable Acre Challenge looks at farmer input costs, production practices, yield, sale prices, money management practices, and more to determine the corn or soybean farmer with the most profitable acre harvested in Ontario. The grand prize winner will be awarded their choice between one of four top prizes, including a trip for two to the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona! Prizes will also be awarded to second and third place winners.
For full contest details and to enter, visit www.takeanewapproach.ca/challenge. Contest registration closes November 23, 2014. The Most Profitable Acre Challenge is presented by the Agri-food Management Institute (formerly called the Agricultural Management Institute) and sponsored by Grain Farmers of Ontario. •
Who are you following?
Farmers are using Twitter to stay connected and up to date with industry news. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight Twitter accounts we think you should consider following or hashtags (#) that will help you join specific conversations.
Ken Currah is a market development agronomist with PRIDE Seeds who regularly tweets about what is happening in the field, insects, and diseases to look out for, and trends in the industry. He has over 1,300 followers.
Use this hashtag to join the conversation on all things political in Ontario. Whether it is a provincial or municipal issue, this is an often-used hashtag that is excellent for discussing politics or seeing what other people are saying about hot issues. •
The Digital Toolbox
The smartphone, tablet and computer are important tools on today’s farms. Each month, Ontario Grain Farmer magazine will highlight an app, online tool, or website that may help you in the field or in the farm office.
Workplace Safety and Prevention Services
Every employer is responsible for the safety of their employees. Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS) offers a number of free resources for people working in agriculture, including information sheets on tractor safety, setting up a health and safety program in your small business, and flowing grain entrapment. The site also offers information on legislative compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and a risk management tool to help keep you and your workers safe. •