Staff / Two Manitobans were recipients of awards at the recent Manitoba North Dakota Zero Tillage Association in Bismarck, South Dakota.
John Heard, a soil fertility specialist with Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives received the non-farmer-of-the year award for his work over the past 20 years in helping farmers understand the agronomy related to soil fertility in various cropping systems. “His enthusiasm for agriculture and his incredible knowledge make him one of the best ag extension people in the country,” the citation says.
Longtime Waskada-area farmer Bill McKinney received the farmer-of-the-year award as one of the first farms in the province to attempt zero tillage, adopt single-pass seeding and incorporate legumes into an annual cropping rotation.
“Bill is always thirsting for new ideas and information and has been a strong supporter and early adopter of many new ideas in agriculture,” the citation says. “Bill was never the first person to leave a farm meeting or a field day as he always wanted to stay till the end in case he missed anything.”