CRYSLER – Weeks before the mad dash of the planting season descends upon local farmers, the Crysler Farm and Machinery Show took time to recognize the hard work and dedication of local producers in their annual seed and forage awards and also took a glimpse into the future of farming with more than 30 exhibitors on display Thurs., March 1 and Fri., March. 2.

The annual event attracted farmers from far and wide to talk shop, crops and gear with local exhibitors of seed companies, construction supplies, equipment and various ag services. For the second year in a row, huge machines took over the Crysler community rink and showcased some of the latest in agricultural equipment.

First-time exhibitor Claude Farley (centre) from Crysler accepts the award for champion forage exhibit from Tami Rainville (right) of National Bank and Ray Seguin of Pickseed.

“It was another wonderful turn-out this year and we can’t wait to have everyone back next year,” said co-organizer Barbara-Ann Glaude. “For a first-time exhibitor to do so well in the awards was also a great achievement.”

Glaude was referring to Claude Farley who not only picked up the Premier First Time Exhibitor Award, but he also walked away with the Champion Forage Exhibit Award for hay, haylage, baleage and corn silage.

Glaudale Farms of Berwick was a powerhouse once again taking home a wagon-load of wins, including premier forage, champion shelled corn, champion grain corn, champion cereal, champion haylage, reserve seed, reserve forage and the title of overall premier exhibitor.

Paul Oosterhof (left) from Finch Feed and Seed presented the Premier Exhibitor Award to Kevin Glaude of Glaudale Farms, who ended up taking home champion grain corn, shelled corn, cereal and forage titles as well.

Paynebranch Farms of Finch was recognized for reserve corn silage, reserve premier exhibitor, reserve forage, reserve haylage and premier seed.  Roger Lafrance of Crysler picked up the champion soybeans award, Threeloos Farms from Avonmore won champion corn silage and Domar Farms from Moose Creek won the high yield contest. Bill van Loon of Finch was recognized as reserve champion for shelled corn and soybeans.

Kelly Fawcett-Mathers (left) of Toronto Dominion Bank and Leigh Hudson of GC Maizex Corn Seed presented Henry TePlate from Paynebranch Farms the Premier Seed Exhibitor Award. Press Photos – Schoch

The Ottawa Valley Seed Growers and Ontario Seed and Crop Improvement Association each donated $300 for prizes.