EDITOR’S NOTE: Your advisors
By Peter Darbishire
Meet your eastern Top Crop advisors.
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.