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Accelerating Ag Innovation on the Farm

Don’t miss our last digital event of 2021 on November 10!
Innovation drives the heart of our Canadian ag industry. At our online digital event day on November 10, we'll share interesting technology we’ve seen, and information on farmers and companies embracing innovative approaches to improving profitability and resilience on the farm.


Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (All Times Eastern Daylight Time)

8:55 am − Welcome to Accelerating Ag Innovation on the Farm
John Greig, Editor of Farmtario, sets the stage for the final digital event day of 2021: all about ag innovation on the farm.

9:00 am − Tech Talk: What’s Hot and What’s Not in 2021? (LIVE PANEL)
Join this LIVE panel discussion on Zoom with Glacier FarmMedia technology writers Scott Garvey, Robin Booker and Ron Lyseng as they discuss what they've seen come over the horizon in new technology this year. Hosted by Farmtario Editor John Greig.

9:45 am − Autonomous Livestock Monitoring Using Machine Vision
Find out about CattleEye, an ‘AI first’ company that have harnessed the capabilities of advanced Artificial Intelligence in video analytics to deliver the world’s first academically verified autonomous livestock monitoring platform.

10:00 am − Experimental Paths: Outstanding Young Farmers in Ontario
A discussion with some of the 2021 Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer program finalists from Ontario. Discover how these farmers use out-of-the-box thinking to move their farm businesses forward.

10:45 am − Erth Engineering
Join us at the event for details!

11:00 am − Coffee Break… Meet us in the Virtual Coffee Shop!

11:15 am − Boldly Grow with Raven Driverless Ag Technology
Learn more about Raven’s easy-to-implement autonomous farm solutions. Farmers maximize time, safety and efficiency as the equipment does more of the heavy lifting.

11:30 am − Fields and Finances: Tales From the Farm Accountant
Join host Krista Kilback, Manager of Marketing and Sales for FCC AgExpert, as she chats with Kathy Neufeld, Manager at Stark and Marsh, about managing farm books confidently and effectively.

11:45 am − Quadcrate Arrives in Canada
Formally known as the 'Swiss Army knife' for quads, Quadcrate provides multiple solutions for those who use ATVs and UTVs in agriculture. Quadcrate allows for a more efficient farming life, solving problems as they arise.

12:15 pm − What’s the Risk? Common Loss Prevention Areas at Your Home or Farm
Get tips from Ontario Mutual Insurance Association on some of the most common areas of risk on your property and how to manage them.

Speakers presented by Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Information to come!

James Dyck
Engineering Specialist, Crop Systems and Environment, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

W. David Lubitz
Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Guelph

Presentation: Efficiencies and Best Practices for Grain Dryer Owners

Overview: During the summer of 2021, researchers at the University of Guelph undertook a survey to understand how and where grain dryers are used in Ontario, and what challenges grain dryer operators are facing today. This session will discuss the results of the survey and share best practices for grain dryer owners to adopt in their own operations. This survey is part of an ongoing research project to understand how grain drying facilities can become more efficient and reduce impacts on surrounding neighbours.

Profiles: James Dyck is the Engineering Specialist, Crop Systems and Environment with OMAFRA, based in Vineland Ontario. James was raised on a cash crop and hog farm in the Niagara Region, and completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Waterloo. His work at OMAFRA focuses on best practices, innovations and environmental impacts of grain drying and storage, field equipment, precision agriculture, and greenhouse gas reduction. He has a particular interest in energy use and efficiency of farm production processes.

W. David Lubitz is an Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. He is the lead researcher on a project to investigate and quantify noise emissions from Ontario grain dryers, and develop recommendations and best management practices to mitigate nuisance problems. David has also led research projects to make grain drying less expensive and reduce associated carbon emissions by investigating drying using heat pumps powered by electricity from low-carbon grids, and to develop practical models of the drying process that allow producers to use weather forecasts and site-specific information to operate dryers efficiently.

Robert Gobeil, OHS Cert., NCSO
Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist, Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA)

Presentation: Product Handling and Storage Safety

Overview: Corn and soybean harvest is coming quickly and that means storage safety is top-of-mind. Hear what the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association says about how to mitigate grain storage incidents including hazard control methods around people, equipment, materials and the environment in order to keep everyone safe at harvest.

Profile: Robert Gobeil is the Agricultural Health and Safety Specialist for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), a non-profit organization with the vision of “Safe and sustainable agriculture where healthy Canadian farm communities thrive”. Rob grew up in rural Manitoba and spent many informative hours on his grandparent’s grain and poultry operation learning the fundamentals of farming. Rob worked for several years as a supervisor in the heavy construction sector. Rob obtained his Occupational Health and Safety Certificate with Honours from Red River College in 2007. Rob currently manages the BeGrainSafe program, course development and other projects for CASA. Rob leads a national Provincial Partner Safety Leadership Panel and is a member of the Canadian Agricultural Systems Standards Oversight (CASSO) / Surveillance des norms des systèmes agricoles canadiens (SNSAC) committee as well as a member of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) Safety Days Development Committee. Rob, his wife Breanne, and young daughter Ilyanne live in Winnipeg. Rob also has a grown son, Shawn.

Set Up for a Successful Harvest

Rewatch sessions from our September 15 digital event day!

Experts offer information  about grain storage and monitoring, factors influencing yield quality, harvest safety and risk management.  Get your Digital Pass to get access to this information and more:

•  Hear about a summer 2021 University of Guelph survey of Ontario farmers about the challenges facing grain dryer operators today

•  DLF Pickseed  Canada  corn  performance tour highlights grain and silage hybrids

•  BIN-SENSE®  shares how  grain monitoring can support your crop storage by keeping grain in optimal condition

•  Grain Farmers of Ontario and  three  OMAFRA  specialists  discuss current conditions and considerations for harvest 2021 

•  Mutual Insurance Association  shares  tips on managing  the  common areas of risk on  the  farm

•  Sevita  International  staff explain how to maintain a high-quality crop prior to and during harvest

•  New  ALPINE®  products support  cropping practices, improve  water and nutrient use efficiencies  plus increase  microbial and soil health

Digital Livestock Day: Featuring Dairy & Beef

Rewatch sessions from our August 18 digital event day!

Experts discuss the dairy and beef sectors, what’s impacting production today, what’s new in the industry. Register to get this information and more:

•  How farmers in New Zealand headed off a similar ‘buttergate’ issue with a palm oil market challenge and what Canada’s dairy industry can learn from what happened in New Zealand

•  Hear about an emerging trend of dairy farmers breeding part of the herd to beef sires and what management and marketing changes are required with this strategy

•  The DLF Pickseed Forage Performance Tour focuses on the DLF Pickseed Canada Breeding program, new alfalfa technology and forage grasses

•  Hear about dairy and livestock products from New Holland Dealers of Ontario to help you provide the best feed for your animals − from round balers to combines and tractors

•  Discover BouMatic products that are centered around cow-comfort, and find out the benefits to your herd and other aspects of your operation

•  Learn about innovative ways to improve your animal management systems with products from Gallagher and Brussels Agri Services Ltd.

•  Get access to special deals and find out more about the Flip & Win contest!

Research and Tire-Kicking

Rewatch sessions on our July 13 digital event day!

Listen to experts share creative solutions to ag challenges you might be facing. Register to get this information and more:

•  New options in non-chemical weed control in field crops

•  Electric drive vehicles & farm machinery design

•  View sessions on-the-go with our FREE app: where you want, when you want

•  Get access to special deals and find out more about the Flip & Win contest!

Getting on with Growing

Rewatch sessions from our June 16 digital event day!

Listen to experts about emerging  issues and opportunities  in the field, ways to be more efficient with  inputs and how to get the most out of your farm equipment  this  spraying season.  

Learn about the different ways to get more out of your crop:

•  Nitrogen application options from application processes to nitrogen inhibitors and how these processes fit with 4R  Nutrient  Stewardship

•  Establishing cereal rye  as a cover crop  in soybeans

And more!

Planting Kick Off

Rewatch sessions from our March 10 digital event day! Register for free to learn:

•  How small changes on your farm can lead to BIG returns

•  Making your planter more profitable

•  The future of autonomous machinery

•  The latest innovations in ag equipment

And more!

2021 Schedule

March 10, 2021

Planting Kick Off – Profiting Through Incremental Gains
What’s on your mind as you start the 2021 growing season? We’ll share ideas on maximizing profitability through small changes, planting equipment tips and news, plus what’s on the horizon as another season gets underway.

June 16, 2021

Getting on with Growing – Vigilance in Crop Care
Now that the season is underway, what pressures are you facing? We’ll talk to experts about emerging issues and opportunities in the field, ways to be more efficient with inputs and how to get the most out of your farm equipment this spraying season.

July 13, 2021

Research and Tire-Kicking – Demos and Clinics to Inform Your Decisions
Although in-person restrictions make tire-kicking and plot tours tough this summer, we’ll bring you up-to-date information from the field to help with equipment decisions, crop research to help you plan and ways to prepare for harvest.

August 18, 2021

Livestock Day 2021 - Featuring Dairy and Beef
Dairy and beef producers continue to face changes in their sectors based on trade and market pressures and influence from consumer trends. We’ll share what’s impacting production today and look at strategies to help producers in each sector maximize profits.

September 15, 2021

Set Up for a Successful Harvest
Are you ready for the busy harvest season? As you prepare for success with this year’s harvest, we’ll help you look at ways to get your crop off and stored for top quality and other considerations for this time of year.

November 10, 2021

Accelerating Ag Innovation on the Farm
Innovation drives the heart of our Canadian ag industry. We'll speak to farmers and companies embracing innovative approaches to improving profitability and resilience on the farm.


Enter to win a chance to Stock Your Shop with tools & equipment from New Holland!

The Flip & Win with Farmtario contest runs from May 17, 2021 through to midnight on November 10, 2021

There are many ways to enter. Make sure you register, then look for bonus entries:

• Entries are available online at

• Subscribe to Farmtario’s FREE eNewsletter, and be automatically entered for a chance to win

•  Register at and attend this year’s Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show digital event days throughout the year to find bonus codes at the digital events

•  Look for bonus codes for additional chances to win in issues of Farmtario starting May 17, 2021

Check out what’s included in the grand prize!

See contest rules on the Flip & Win with Farmtario website for details. Contest is open to Ontario (Canada) residents only. The Ultimate New Holland Shop Prize Pack includes tools and shop equipment valued at $25,000. Grand prize may not be exactly as shown. No purchase necessary.

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