Blake Vince

Blake Vince

Blake Vince

Blake is a fifth generation farmer and Canadian Nuffield Scholar from Merlin, Ontario, Canada. He and his father grow corn, soybeans, and winter wheat on 1200 acres, and their farm management practices are centered on soil health. They are considered to be no till pioneers in their corner of Canada. Blake considers himself very fortunate to have been taught, from a young age, the merits of no till farming.

Knowing that soil is not an infinite resource and working with the objective to leave his farm in better condition for future generations, Blake has been using a multi-species cover crop blend to protect and enrich them. His practices are in stark contrast with others in his area of Southwestern Ontario where more farmers are reverting back to conventional tillage.

Blake will:

  • Highlight the importance of how soil management impacts water quality
  • Share how farmers need to change their focus to financial yield, not physical yield
  • Discuss how cover crops can provide numerous financial benefits to farmers
  • Show how his farming practices have allowed him to remain profitable, even with slim profit margins
  • Share data from edge of field research for nutrient loading in tile drainage

Cover Crops and Soil Health
TUESDAY, AUG 11 1:00 PM | SPEAKER TENT