Meeting Minutes - Peter Hannam: Horses to Robots - Sept. 28th. 2017
This meeting was called to order at 9:55 am at Trinity United Church with President Ed Herold in the chair and with 47 members in attendance as well as today’s guest speaker, Peter Hannam. Also present were two visiting guests, Paul McKerocher and Martin Wagner. President Herold introduced the newest member of the Club, John Sneyd and welcomed him to the Club. A special welcome back was made to John Pawley who has been on a lengthy recovery for the past year. Ken Dick has also returned after a period of absence. Welcome back Ken.
President Herold remarked on the wonderful experience numerous members had this past Saturday when they went flying at the York Glider Flying club.
David Moller introduced Peter Hannam.
Peter Hannam, and his son Greg, operate a grain and seed farm near Guelph, Ontario, growing corn, wheat, and specializing in soybean seed production, as well as being President of Woodrill Ltd., a crop supply and grain elevator business. He has held many volunteer positions including President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture; and Chair, Canadian Soybean Export Association and Chair of Soy 20/20 Project.
Peter Hannam was President of First Line Seeds Ltd., a Canadian Seed Company specializing in soybeans and specialty food soybeans, for 22 years. He retired August 31, 2004. First Line was started by 12 Ontario seed growers in 1982.
Peter Hannam – Horses to Robots
Peter began by informing us that he’s been a farmer all of his life and he' s gone through many changes in his lifetime. There has been a great pace of change in farming in one life-time.
Peter gave us a history of the transformations of his family’s farm from 1920 when they moved to Guelph from Grey County. Since 1929 to current time they have been on the same farm. In 1968 the farm converted from a Dairy farm to a Crop Farm. In the early 1980’s they started to crop farm and began a grain elevator business along with crop supply business. This business is the Woodrill Farm on Hwy #7 just east of Guelph.
Woodrill Farm Enterprises specializes in cover crops of soybean, wheat and corn.
-He' s gone - a family movement in order to change a law in Canada he had to go to the House of Lords in Britain (showing a film) a family operation -feeding chickens Woodmll Form on Hwy#7 East. History-1920 moved to Guelph from Grey county to current farm 1968-converted a dairy farm to acropfarm Early 80's-started grain elevator crop supply Crop supply service-at Mars u, He Crop production-soybeans, corn, wheat Harvesting In 20166 Auto steering in combine
RCMC Membership Meeting Sept. 28/17 All larger equipment in auto plug and play → -monitors tell speed, elevation, moisture 4M£ Is put on a memory stick Not, It in corn -Collect data that tells where best yield is on afield. Evualute yield soil Profiling probing -tells depth of topsoil Management decisions soil needs to be replenished on some fields hinders farm detail Precision Agd Production stability. Measure with a soil type map. Making management zones Relationship between yield 4 topography spreading compost VR#idle rate) corn population Nitrogen in Covn We know much more about crop production (see slide) Comment on GMO' s he' s a believer Isolating a GMO insulin Plows into sensors -see slide showing comparison of yields 2 or 3. % increase in crop affects supply ¢ demand significantly. erosion, soil conservation new crop of students coming along in society Q&A. Julian thanked Peter Hannam ******************* the following is partially edited A question and answer period followed Mr. Hannam’s presentation.
Julian Sale thanked Peter Hannam for enlightening us on today’s farming technology and the way farming has changed in the last half century.
Announcements Activities – Ray Biffis
Coffee Gathering is still scheduled for Boathouse and the Airpark Café on alternate Thursdays
Board of Directors Meeting scheduled on Tues. October 3rd.
Next Meeting is October 12th with Ralph C. Martin - Food Security