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Field Unit

William Chabot(Agronomy technician) weighing farm produce accurately with this large capacity scale.

Wagons used to transport silage to fill silos and liquid manure spreader.

Students working on a research project insulating compost samplers.

The Field operations compound of Macdonald Campus Farm with some of the equipment used in our cropping program.

Harvesting some of the 150 acres of corn at the Farm.

The Field Unit of the Macdonald Campus Farm consists of 205 hectares of farmland that is currently devoted to the production of forages and corn for the Cattle Complex and for cash sales. A small area is also reserved as a permanent pasture for the cattle.

This land is situated on two rolling plateaus carved thousands of years ago by the Ottawa River. This results in a variety of soil types being found on the Farm. These range from blow sands to heavy clays with some areas being almost stone free while others are moderately stony. A small area of muck or organic soil is also found on the lower plateau. Tile drainage has been and is still being installed wherever necessary.

Over the past few years, conservation tillage (minimum tillage and no till) has been used on an ever increasing proportion of the seeded area. This has been done to reduce water and wind erosion problems and to limit the number of stones that must be picked every time the land is tilled. In the coming years, only the research areas will continue to use some form of conventional tillage. The Field Unit has a full complement of machinery for hay, small grain and corn production.

For more information on the Field Unit, contact marc [dot] samoisette [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Marc Samoisette) (514-398-7958)