Fall Has Arrived with October 

The unseasonably warmer temperatures at the start of September stayed around for the entire month, keeping fall at bay a little longer. As October rolls in, it has finally brought in cooler temperatures with the first morning of October dipping into the single digits of 6°C in the AGRIS trading area.

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Ridgetown Offering Free Integrated Pest Management Course For Corn, Soybean Growers
The University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus will soon be offering classroom and on-line Integrated Pest Management Courses for corn and soybeans.
These half-day courses are among the requirements farmers need to buy and use neonic-treated corn or soybean seeds under the new provincial government regulations.

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Official Opening Cottam

AGRIS Co-operative completes $5 million overhaul to its fertilizer facilities

L-R Adrian VanDyk, David Sherman, Kim Fysh, Jim Campbell, Paul Repko, John Nooyen, Alex Michinski, Larry Pajot, Jim Spradlin, Pat Van Heule, Jim Anderson
COTTAM, ONTARIO, September 29, 2015 – AGRIS Co-operative owners are proud to announce the official opening of their new fertilizer storage and blending facility in Cottam, a capital investment of more than $2.6 million. This new investment is the largest element of an overall strategy to increase capacity throughout the co-operative’s full trade territory.

The new facilities in Cottam will increase the previous blending capability to 200 MT per hour, eight times faster than before and the storage capacity to 4500 MT, nine times the previous capacity. An additional $1.2 million has been spent in fertilizer storage and blending capacities at the AGRIS Dutton location, which was officially opened September 28, 2015. The Dutton facility has increased their blending capacity to 200 MT/hour and the storage capacity has been increased three-fold.

Official Opening Dutton

L-R Adrian VanDyk - AGRIS Co-operative operations manager, John Couwenberg - AGRIS Co-operative Elgin, Middlesex, Lambton area manager, Richard Tanner - AGRIS Co-operative board director, Peter Dieleman - AGRIS Co-operative board director, Jim Campbell - AGRIS Co-operative general manager
On September 29, 2015 AGRIS Co-operative celebrated the official opening of its new fertilizer facility in Dutton with a ribbon cutting ceremony. This new investment of more than $1.2 million will help improve farm productivity and benefit the local economy. It has also substantially increased the blending capacity to 200 MT/hour and the storage capacity has been increased three-fold, significantly improving loading and efficiency for our owners and customers.

Seasonal Employment

Part Time Seasonal Employment

AGRIS Co-operative in Dutton and Thamesville are looking for reliable, hardworking individuals for fall harvest  

  • truck drivers
  • labourers

Applicants with an agricultural background, ability to work irregular hours and have a valid AZ, DZ license would be an asset

To be considered for one of these positions please apply in person to our AGRIS Co-operative branch at 260 Currie Rd in Dutton or 1 Priscilla St. in Thamesville
or complete our online application form.

Ontario Neonic Regulations

August 10, 2015
For the 2016 planting season, the Ontario government is looking for a 50 per cent reduction in neonic treated acres.  The following is a summary of what you need to know and what you need to do for the 2016 crop year as we know today.
  • If you choose to buy 50 per cent or less neonic treated corn and soybean seed, no pest assessment is required, but a Seed Amount Declaration is required to be submitted to your seed supplier(s)
  • Over 50 per cent neonic seed use, requires a pest assessment submitted with seed order intentions

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Grower Course Online
 Grower Pesticide Safety Course – Learn and Certify Online
Farmers now have the option of taking the Grower Pesticide Safety Course via the internet. Each online course takes place over five days and requires participation in each one of those five days. 
This new online option is best suited to those who are self-directed learners, competent in the use of a computer and have access to a high-speed internet connection. The traditional classroom style sessions are also still available. 
Click here for the traditional classroom course dates and locations. 
Click here for upcoming dates for the new online courses.
Or call OPEP at 1-800-652-8573

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"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me."

~ Dudley Field Malone

Did You Know?

In 1862 the first USDA research bulletin was issued. It was on sugar content of several varieties of grapes and their suitability for wine

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Great Lakes Grain Direct Deposit
Great Lakes Grain offers direct deposit payments
We are pleased to offer you easy and efficient direct deposit services for your grain and oilseed business. Direct deposit offers a number of benefits including:
·  You will no longer have to manually deposit your cheque.
· You will have immediate access to your funds.
· Postal delays and disruptions are eliminated.
We will send you confirmation of our deposit to your account in one of the following ways:
· Electronic information to your email address.
· Facsimile to your fax phone number.
·Through your branch representative.

Complete details and a downloadable enrolment form

FS Agri-Finance
Check out our FS Agri-Finance Program!
Contact your local AGRIS Co-operative branch or
Mary Bell at 519-380-2370 or more details!

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Co-operative Seed Demonstration Plots 2015
AGRIS Co-operative & Wanstead Farmers’ Co-operative have many corn and soybean seed demonstration plots across our trading area. Please contact your local branch to view the plots closest to you.


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