by Lucie Roy
The annual Sturgeon County Agricultural Service Board Tour is an event many look forward to each summer and this year more than 130 registered for the tour, 160 for the annual dinner and awards presentation.
Because there was so many people registered this year, four buses were used. Ag Tourists were split between Pulse Crop Plots or the Hollyhock Meadow Miniature Horse Farm in the morning and either Dow AgroSciences or the Den of Antiquity in the afternoon. All participants went to the Pereira and Moniz Tree Nursery and to the R&S Poultry Ltd./HM Turkey Farm.
Hollyhock Meadow Miniature Horse Farm
Peter Holt, owner of Hollyhock Meadow Miniature Horse Farm with his horses Governer and General. Peter and Terry Holt and staff demonstrated the obstacle course, their country pleasure driving carts, the wedding cart used for seniors when they visit, the barrel race and other miniature horse items.
Periera & Moniz Tree Nursery
Jose Moniz, owner Pereira & Moniz Tree Nursery; Lidia Silva, Office Manager; and Arnold Heuver, consultant made a presentation at the nursery. There are more than 80,000 pieces in the nursery that stretches just a few acres shy of two quarter sections. There are more than 60 different types of trees.
Discussions and information included the benefits of plants, with aesthetic beautification, shade, screen from the wind, reducing noise pollution, preventing erosion, habitat for animals, landscape design and plants for special purposes.
Cat Garcia Production Leader at Dow AgroSciences made a presentation on the formulation, packaging, repackaging, distribution and containers used for shipping herbicide. She showed the 450-litre containers used to ship either the Vantage Plus Max II or the Maverick III. Vantage is a water-soluble herbicide for nonselective weed control in cropland systems and in forestry and other non-cropland areas.The Maverick III is a water-soluble herbicide for nonselective weed control in cropland systems and in non-cropland areas. They also ship Edge Granular, a pre-emergent herbicide for pulse and oilseed crops.
Farmstead and Acreage Beautification Awards
The dinner and Farmstead and Acreage Beautification Awards were held Aug. 7 at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre. Entertainment was by former Morinville resident, Gene Gebo(stage name), a Johnny Cash tribute artist.
Four nominations were submitted for the Farmstead Beautification Award. Winners Walter and Joyce Tappauf were unable to attend. Five nominations were submitted for the Acreage Beautification Award. Winners Wayne and Janice Vegh-Morin were unable to attend. There were no nominations this year for the 100-year family award.