LONDON, ON, Feb. 27, 2013 /CNW/ - Strong leadership in soil conservation
and dedication to the future of farming has earned Mark Brock, a Staffa
area grower, the 2012 Innovative Farmer of the Year Award. Each year,
BASF Canada and the Innovative Farmers Association of Ontario recognize
an Ontario grower who promotes innovation and leadership in the
agriculture sector to be named the Innovative Farmer of the Year.
BASF Canada presented Brock with the award at the Innovative Farmers
Association of Ontario Conference in London on February 26.
"BASF is proud to recognize innovative growers like Mark for the
contributions they bring to our industry," says Trevor Latta, Business
Representative with BASF Canada. "It's growers like Mark who are
leading us into the future by showing a commitment to sustainability
best practices and innovative farming techniques."
An adopter of conservation till and no-till farming, Brock has been
working for more than 15 years to find better methods for soil
management at Shepherd Creek Farms Ltd. Brock's extensive research and
trials into precision cropping methods show his commitment to the
future of farming. His involvement led to him hosting the first in a
series of four IFAO Precision Cropping Workshops in August 2012.
Over the past five years, he has used a vertical-tillage system to
manage residue and prevent soil erosion. He has also been experimenting
with alternate cover crops (such as oats, buckwheat, Austrian winter
pea, and red clover) and manure to manage nitrogen levels in the soil.
Brock believes these innovative techniques have added value to his
"I think sometimes the list of what didn't work is much longer than the
list of what did," says Brock. "That being said, some of our greatest
successes have occurred with the adaption of technology on our farm."
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providing well-established and innovative fungicides, insecticides and
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