September Newsletter

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On September 29th from 9am to 4pm we will be the host of an Obsolete Collection site for Clean Farms for unwanted agricultural pesticides and livestock/equine medications.  It is a good opportunity to dispose of any old products you may have sitting around and there is no charge for this service.  Corn and Soybean harvest is just around the corner, and before it gets too busy, now is a good time to start thinking about soil samples. Give us a call and we will put you on the list.  Global fertilizer prices have softened recently during the late summer. As I mentioned, during our crop tour, this fall would be an excellent time to catch up on fertilizer levels or consider applying nutrients this fall for next year’s crops.  It’s a great way to spread out cash flow, work load for next spring, ensure the fertility levels are met for the crop and take advantage of lower pricing.  Just a reminder the kids are back in school and the school busses are back on the road.  Enjoy your fall.  Larry

 

NEEDS

Fall is almost here, along with it, we are hoping for some cooler temperatures. It is time again to fertilize the lawn.  We have 4-12-16.  It comes in a 25kg bag that covers 6000 sq ft.  The price is $17.95/bag.  Along with fertilizing, we need to over seed our lawns, especially after the dry year we have had. We carry many different types of grass seed for all different types of soil.  We have Wood Pellets in and pricing is similar to last year. We have Cubex Hardwood, Curran Blended and Ambiance Hardwood.  There are still some chickens available on the Sept 14th and Sept 26th dates in limited quantities.  We carry diatomaceous earth. It is a natural product that fights fleas and ticks and other parasites. We have 2kg Shaker cans for $14.95.  Our Wild Bird Seed, 25kg bags will be on sale for the month of September for $21.99. It is our own brand we make in house containing Black and Striped sunflower seeds, peanuts, Nyger and Finch seed and more.    Ineke

SEED

Time pushes on and as we head into September green has returned to our pastures and hay fields. Many of you have taken a much needed cut of hay in the past few days and the prospect of another cut in October looks to be possible.  The new seeding has rebounded quite well and only the most droughted fields have stand failure issues.  I continue to be impressed with the vigorous regrowth of the alfalfas and grass blends that Quality Seeds has released in the recent years.  The value of those genetics becomes very evident when we have stress conditions to deal with.  We will soon be into bean harvest and wheat planting and the rush will be on again. When making your wheat planting decisions, don’t forget the value of certified seed.  You have the knowledge that the product has been tested for purity and germination rate, seed size has been determined and you have the choice of many different treatment options.  This allows you to accurately select you seeding rate based on planting date and seed size for correct population.  You also have the backing of the company should stand failure become an issue.  Many of you have benefited from this support over the years.  There has been considerable effort put into producing new products to meet today’s agronomic needs.  These seeds preform the best when they meet the standards that certified seed provides.  Just a final reminder to keep an eye on your corn fields. The drought has impacted differently based on soil type, hybrid and insect and disease pressure.  With the heat that we have seen this growing season dry down should come early.  Stalk health has been impacted negatively, so there is a need to be prepared to harvest before the stand is decimated by wind and other storms that fall can bring.  Bob, Mike and Jason

FEED

Hi Folks.  There are sure lots of challenges in our industry this year; shortage of hay products, quality and yield of Corn silage, milk pricing off about 10 cents a liter. The Great News, lots more quota and incentives to fill. The whole province isn’t short of feed. Just us! PLEASE KEEP THIS SAYING IN MIND: IF YOU ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS GOT. Look at your herd and let’s do some planning. Consider your facilities!!! Comfort is #1 PRIORITY for cows, calves and heifers. If all are comfy meet with your nutritionist. Cows do not like molds EVEN WELL BLENDED. Throw moldy stuff out. IT IS GARBAGE. Follow your nutritionist recipe. If you chg feed call, text or email and get it changed. Have your diet balanced for the milk you want. If you think you can do 36 -38 kg balance for 40 kg. If you think 33 is more your facility potential balance for 36 kg. REMEMBER, the higher the balance point the higher the level of protein and energy in the diet. The more milk you make per stall the more money you make. EX; A high producing client gets 38-42 kg of mk 2X his feed cost per cow per day is $7.88. At 38 liters that average is 20.7 cents per liter. Another producer gets 31 kg at 3.9 fat and $6.59 per day per cow. His cost per liter is 21.2 cents per liter. The higher the milk the more quota you fill and the money cash flows. The other advantage to more cost per cow per day is healthy cows who breed easier and reduce vet costs and breeding costs, also, let’s not forget the dry cows. There’s a huge bonus calving them healthy and keen to go.  If you need planning support we are here to help.     My Best, Dianne  Dianne Moore: 613-921-1930, Daryl Taylor: 705-559-1332, Scott Boese: 613-282-3593