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New inductees to Ontario’s Ag Hall of Fame
The Ontario Agricultural Hall of Fame Association will induct five leaders into the Hall of Fame this month. These inductees have demonstrated visionary leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the advancement of agriculture in Ontario.
Inductees for 2016 and their sponsors are:
William (Bill) Lyall Campbell, (1933 – 2014). Bill Campbell was a leader and innovator in the North American sod industry for more than 42 years. His company helped to change the face of Ontario’s sod industry to a thriving agribusiness based on sound, scientific principles. Nominated by the Guelph Turfgrass Institute, the Nursery Sod Growers Association of Ontario, and OAC ’55.
Bruce Christie. Throughout his career with Shur-Gain, Bruce Christie continually championed responsible animal care through best management practices. Most recently he worked tirelessly to build public trust in food and farming through his leadership with Farm & Food Care. Nominated by Farm & Food Care and Nutreco Canada Inc., Shur-Gain.
Graeme Walker Hedley. When people think of beef cattle in Ontario they think of Graeme Hedley and his impact on the entire industry. From animal welfare to electronic auction sales, risk management programs, and marketing of corn fed beef, Graeme has been a leader in the sector.
Nominated by Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association.
Tom Sawyer. Over a career spanning Ciba Geigy, The Fertilizer Institute of Ontario and Sylvite, Tom Sawyer has had an unwavering commitment to a viable and sustainable Ontario crop input and production industry, including his vision for the Certified Crop Advisors program.
Nominated by the Sylvite Group.
Deborah Whale. Whether in the boardroom, at the podium, or on the family farm, Deborah Whale has been a trailblazer and passionate advocate for Ontario agriculture. From ag research to poultry disease prevention and environmental sustainability, her vision has been a driving force for change. Nominated by the Poultry Industry Council. •
Syngenta launches Trivapro fungicide
Syngenta Canada Inc. has launched Trivapro foliar fungicide for the 2016 growing season. Trivapro is a new three-mode-of-action foliar fungicide that will help growers in Eastern Canada target major leaf diseases in corn, soybeans, and cereals.
Trivapro is the first foliar fungicide to feature three unique modes of action — azoxystrobin (Group 11), propiconazole (Group 3), and benzovindiflupyr (Group 7 SDHI), known as Solatenol — with each mode of action providing different activity on labelled diseases, and also contributing to the product’s effectiveness as a resistance management tool.
Syngenta adds that Trivapro offers residual control of diseases and also offers a wide window of application. Trivapro has some curative activity that helps halt further disease development if applied according to label directions.
Syngenta says that Trivapro has demonstrated strong activity on corn leaf diseases, such as northern corn leaf blight (NCLB), grey leaf spot (Cercospora zeae-maydis), and rust (Puccinia sorghi).
For barley, oats, and wheat, Trivapro controls several major rusts, including leaf rust (Puccinia hordei), stem rust (P. graminis), stripe rust (P. striiformis), as well as Septoria leaf blotch (Septoria tritici), powdery mildew (Erysiphe graminis), and tan spot (Pyrenophora tritici-repentis).
In soybeans, Trivapro controls Septoria brown spot (Septoria glycines), Asian soybean rust (Phakopsora pachyrhizi), frogeye leaf spot (Cercospora sojina), and pod and stem blight (Diaporthe phaseolorum). •
CropLife launches new website
CropLife Canada has launched a new website called Helping Canada Grow — www.helpingcanadagrow.ca — to help people learn about how plant science innovations contribute to agriculture in Canada.
CropLife Canada recently commissioned a study to help quantify the benefits pesticides and biotech crops deliver to the environment, the economy, and communities across Canada.
The study found that these tools help farmers be more productive on existing farmland and leave more natural habitats in place, protecting biodiversity. They help farmers protect the soil, reduce fuel use, and limit greenhouse gas emissions. Pesticides and plant biotechnology also keep food costs affordable and ensure Canadian families have year-round access to healthy foods. •
G3 breaks ground at Hamilton
Grain company G3 recently held the ground breaking for its planned facility in Hamilton. Over $50 million is being invested in this facility and it is scheduled to open fall 2017. Once operational, the facility will be able to ship or receive grain via truck, rail, or vessel and will have 50,000 MT of storage.
“This is an exciting day for G3 as we officially break ground in Hamilton. This facility will be a key component of our eastern footprint, and will provide Ontario farmers, brokers, and truckers with more choice, more market access, competitive pricing, and faster unload times for their grain. It’s all part of G3’s vision to build a smarter path from farmers’ fields to global markets.” says Karl Gerrand, CEO, G3 Canada Limited. •