LONDON, ON, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Each year, the BASF Innovative Farmer
of the Year Award is presented to an Ontario producer who has used
innovative farming practices and demonstrated leadership within their
community and the Ontario agriculture sector. This year's recipient is
Shawn McRae, a Bainsville area producer of corn, dry beans, soybeans,
oats and barley.
Trevor Latta, BASF Business Representative, presented McRae with the
award at the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario event in London,
on February 28.
"BASF is proud to support innovation and sustainability in agriculture,"
says Latta. "It's great that we can recognize farmers like Shawn who
are taking an innovative approach to managing the challenges of
McRae, an early adopter of no-till farming, has been working for more
than 20 years to find better methods for soil management on his farm in
Bainsville. He has spent many hours modifying seeding equipment for
no-till planting. Since 1988, the McRaes have used no-till and
ridge-till seeding equipment without any fall tillage and almost always
direct seeds into undisturbed crop and cover crop residues.
McRae does make an exception for strategic mulch tillage in spring
before planting corn with RTK GPS auto-steer guidance to re-establish
straight rows and guess rows.
"I've always said I would be no good at a plowing match because I never
learned how to use a mouldboard plow," says McRae, whose father, Ron,
permanently parked his eight-furrow plow in 1983. "My goal has always
been to find better methods for soil and financial management and to
develop a system that eliminates soil erosion and improves soil, water
and food quality."
The annual Innovative Farmer of the Year Award is sponsored by BASF
Canada, and is presented every year at the Innovative Farmers
Association of Ontario conference in February.
About the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario
Since 1986, IFAO has been providing a forum where farmers can exchange
ideas and help accelerate the adoption of no-till and ridge-till crop
production systems as a sound agricultural practice. For more
information visit: www.ifao.com.
About the BASF Crop Protection division
With sales of €4.0 billion in 2010, BASF's Crop Protection division is a
leader in crop protection and a strong partner to the farming industry
providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and
herbicides. Farmers use these products and services to improve crop
yields and crop quality. Other uses include public health,
structural/urban pest control, turf and ornamental plants, vegetation
management, and forestry. BASF aims to turn knowledge rapidly into
market success. The vision of BASF's Crop Protection division is to be
the world's leading innovator, optimizing agricultural production,
improving nutrition, and thus enhancing the quality of life for a
growing world population. Further information can be found on the web
at www.agro.basf.com or follow us on twitter: www.twitter.com/basfagro.
© 2012 BASF Canada Inc.
Image with caption: "Bainsville farmer Shawn McRae is the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario's 2012 Innovative Farmer of the Year. McRae was honoured for his innovative farming techniques at the organization's annual conference in London on February 28. McRae accepted the honour from BASF Canada's Trevor Latta during the event. (CNW Group/BASF Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120229_C8433_PHOTO_EN_10595.jpg
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