Bring the POWER back to the soil!
Wed/Thurs Feb 19/20, 2020
Best Western Lamplighter Inn London
February 19 – 6:30
Banquet & Innovative Farmer of the Year Award
Mike Belan chosen as 2020 Innovative Farmer of the Year
Every year, the Innovative Farmers of Ontario chooses a farmer who exemplifies great soil stewardship, progressive thinking, and a drive to explore ways to improve their farming practices.
We are pleased to announce Mike Belan as our 2020 Innovative Farmer of the Year recipient.
Mike Belan is a 3rd generation farmer in Lambton County, presently farming over 1,000 acres with his father and uncle.
In 2012 the Belans began to assess the merit of moving their goals from yield to profit per acre and consistency. They had been practicing no till for years but began to incorporate cover crops mix and add heifers to graze cover crops.
The Belans have seen a beneficial impact from these changes including reduced soil erosion, increased water infiltration and reduced compaction.
They are pleased with the results they have seen and now say they wouldn’t farm any other way.