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Wednesday, December 1 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Innovations in Small Grains

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We all know that small grain crops play an important role in crop rotation, and these panelists have been growing different types of grains in their farms and in different ways. We’ll hear about rye, wheat, barley and ancient grains, as well as the relay- and double- cropping with soybean research being done through the Living Lab–Ontario initiative.

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Melisa Luymes

Ontario Soil Network
Community Coordinator, sociologist & social butterfly! I work as a freelancer with projects & orgs related to farming, soil health & water quality.
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Dr. Eric Page

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada
Dr. Eric Page is a Weed Ecologist & Crop Physiologist with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), working out of the Harrow Research and Development Centre. He is currently involved with the federal Living Lab–Ontario initiative and has been working alongside Brett and Greg.
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Joe Wecker

Wecker Farms
Joe Wecker is a Prairie farmer that has just moved his family and farm to Merlin, ON. He is an organic grower, with experience in ancient grains that require less fertility. He has also worked with vermicomposting and seed inoculation.
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Brett Israel

3Gen Organics
Brett Israel is the 3rd generation of 3Gen Organics near Wallenstein, ON. The family grows wheat, rye and barley along with feed for their pigs and other cash crops. They sell pork, eggs and vegetables from their newly built farm store.
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Greg Vermeersch

VanMeer Farms
Greg Vermeersch runs VanMeer Farms near Tillsonburg. Farming at a large scale, soil health and innovation is critical to the farm – this year, Greg planted soybeans into winter barley in a ‘relay’ crop, and beside it planted soybeans after the barley was harvested.

Wednesday December 1, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am EST
Online over Zoom