Tagwi, North Dundas Specialist High Skills Major Agriculture students see the industry firsthand

Holly Byker of the U of G's Winchester Agricultural Research station addresses agricultural students from Tagwi Secondary School and North Dundas District High School. Courtesy photo

NATION VALLEY — Local high school students specializing in agriculture recently spent spent a day learning about field crops, with a focus on pest management, grain grading, seed saving, and nutrient management.

The Agriculture Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) groups from both Tagwi Secondary School and North Dundas District High School took part in the Oct. 17 excursion.

After a presentation on field crops at NDDHS, the group visited the University of Guelph’s Winchester Agricultural Research Station to look at crop trial plots and learn about methods of grading and measuring grains. The day continued at the Parrish and Heimbecker elevators to learn about the movement of grains by truck and rail and finished with a discussion of fertilizer at Agri-Partners Crop Centre.

Teacher Craig Stevenson, Agriculture SHSM Lead at Tagwi, expressed thanks to a number of individuals who ensured the day’s success: Tracy Porteous of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, Holly Byker and Ian DeSchiffart at the Winchester Agriculture Research Station, Arthur Rutley and Jamie Cowan of Parrish and Heimbecker, and Tim Moher of Agri-Partners Crop Centre.

Below, two more photos of the Winchester Agricultural Research Station facilities, followed by two shots of Parrish and Heimbecker elevators, where Jamie Cowan leads the groups.

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