Top Crop Manager

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Your advisors

Meet your eastern Top Crop advisors.

November 12, 2007  By Peter Darbishire

In each issue of Top Crop Manager we include the comments of Top Crop
Advisors who have previewed selected stories. Their comments accompany stories
and provide a local perspective.

Here are their profiles:

  • Tony Pynenburg has farmed at Bright,
    Ontario, since 1979. He farms 2000 acres growing corn, edible beans, soybeans,
    wheat and alfalfa as well as custom farming and baling 2000 acres.
  • Leo Guilbeault farms 1100 acres with
    his brother-in-law, Paul Cazabon at Belle River in Essex County, Ontario.
    He is a graduate of Ridgetown College and a certified crop advisor. He has
    served in leadership positions in county agricultural organizations and is
    a director of the Ontario Soybean Growers. He is also a community volunteer,
    especially with youth hockey.
  • Lennie Aarts farms 1600 acres with his
    brother Peter at Wainfleet, Ontario. They also custom plant and harvest 1500
    acres for neighbouring farmers. On their clay loam and loam soils they no-till
    all their wheat and soybeans and are moving towards no-till corn.
  • Andy van Niekerk farms 200 acres as
    well as producing 1200 finishing hogs and running a 20 cow/calf operation.
    He is gradually adopting no-till practices. He is a certified crop advisor
    at Stayner, Ontario, in Simcoe County, and concentrates on crop production
    and seed selection advisory work.
  • Hardy Seeds is a family owned business
    which involves Grahame, Kathy and son Stephen. It operates a seed conditioning
    plant at Inkerman, Ontario. The farm currently operates 600 acres of tile
    drained land. The crops grown are soybeans (IP and RR), corn, barley and spring
    wheat. Tillage practices range from no-till to full tillage.

These Top Crop Advisors have added wisdom and practical perspectives of their
own to our stories in the regular Top Crop Manager issues this year (some
do not appear in this issue). Between them, these leaders boast an impressive
list of credentials – from grower organizations, to research committees,
to community services, sports and educational activities. Of course, they are
also recognized for their abilities as crop producers and advisors.


Our editorial team and Top Crop Advisors hope you will put some of the ideas
and new techniques in this and the subsequent issues of Top Crop Manager to
work on your farm to improve your bottom line. 


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