The nomination deadline is October 5, 2018, with the winner accounced during the Agricultural Excellence Conference on November 27 in Winnipeg, Man. The award was established 15 years ago and is named after Wilson Loree who was one of the founders of Farm Management Canada.
FMC encourages the nomination of individuals or groups that:
- have made significant contributions in the area of business management regionally or nationally;
- have demonstrated innovation in areas such as turning research into practical management tools, adapting best practices from other sectors to agriculture, and finding new ways to deliver training, information and resources to farm managers;
- have served as a role model and a mentor to colleagues, partners and clients, inspiring them to achieve their full potential;
- have demonstrated the ability to network and develop partnerships to include others in furthering the shared goals and vision of the agriculture industry
Last year, Darrell Wade, founder of Farm Life Financial Planning Group, was awarded the 2017 Wilson Loree Award. Other past recipients include Merle Good, notable farm finance expert from Alberta, Terry Betker, president of Backswath Management Inc in Manitoba, and Peter VanderZaag, owner of SunRISE Potato in Ontario.
More information about the award and how to apply is available online.
Manitoba, in general, had a slightly delayed start of planting in 2018; about a week later thanin 2017, reports Vikram Bisht in the first Manitoba Potato Disease Report of the season. The majority of planting started in first week of May, and mostly finished by the end of May. Early planted fields have good emergence. June 1 has been set for initiation/accumulation of P-Days and late blight Disease Severity Values. P-day is a measure of heat available for crop growth and development, and values accumulate when temperatures range between 7 C and 30 C.
Weather conditions since planting have been very warm, with a few days over 30 C. Precipitation has been below normal for May, except for a few scattered heavy rain events towards end of May. This week’s rain should help ingood emergence and stand.
The current soil temperatures are 2 C to 5 C warmer than end of May last year. These warm soil temperatures and may speed up emergence.
Cull piles are an important source of inoculum for many diseases including late blight. It is important to dispose of properly the cull piles before thunderstorms arrive.
Robert Anderson and Jill Ebbett, fifth-generation potato farmers from East Glassville, N.B., were named Atlantic’s Outstanding Young Farmers for 2018.
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