RAIN Spring Update

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PROJECTS

Keyline Plowing Project – Subsoiling is a beneficial practice for pasture and hay fields. Keyline is a pattern in which you do your subsoiling. This project will evaluate the use of keyline pattern subsoiling in northern Ontario pasture conditions (including soil moisture distribution and forage productivity). With assistance from Total Precision Surveying, RAIN mapped its trial location with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Algoma Pasture Improvement Project – The project aims to increase best practices & conduct cost-benefit analysis; assessing no-till seeding on pastures, soil amendments (Spanish River Carbonatite) and rotational intensive grazing. In April, a class of Algoma graziers went through a planning process with Grazing Expert Ben Bartlett to improve their pastures. RAIN staff have been establishing the second test site on St. Joseph Island for grazing sheep.

Soybean/Canola Crop Trials – Two on-farm grower cooperator trials are taking place this year for different varieties of soybeans and canola. Soybean trials are provided by Northstar Genetics, which are exploring cold tolerant soybeans. Canola trials are provided by Bayer CropScience Canada and 10 acres were seeded on May 22nd in Bar River.

 

MARKET DEVELOPMENT

Algoma Table: RAIN is planning to launch its Algoma Table online marketplace platform that will connect farms and food buyers (restaurants, retailers). Farmers will be able to post products for sale on a business to business platform that coordinates inventory, scheduling and invoicing. If you’re interested in getting involved, contact David Thompson at dthompson@ssmic.com or 705-942-7927 x3027.

Buy Algoma Buy Fresh Update: The new Buy Algoma Buy Fresh printed directory is due to be released in time for the opening of local farmers’ markets (Algoma & Johnson) on the first week of June. If you are able to help with distribution of the directories, please contact Jessica Laidley at jlaidley@ssmic.com  or 705-942-7927 x3024

The Eat Algoma local food festival is planned for August 30th. Tickets available soon!

 

RAIN INFRASTRUCTURE

RAIN is still taking applications for tile drainage and land clearing projects for Algoma District. Contact Janette Wallace for more information at (705) 942-7927 x3135 or by email at jwallace@ssmic.com

 

RAIN SERVICES

RAIN’s Farm Management and Planning Services comprise several tools to assist you develop strategies to effectively manage your farm and pastures. This includes:

  • Mapping your farm
  • Assisting with calculating pasture metrics
  • No-till seed drill rental
  • Subsoiler rental

Click here for a more detailed list of RAIN’s Pasture Management and Planning Services

For more details, contact Saul Fraleigh at sfraleigh@ssmic.com or 705-942-7927 x3034

 

RAIN IS HIRING

Position: Market Development Coordinator

To view job description and information about this position, click here.