Tony Balkwill, an independent agronomy specialist based out of Southern Ontario, wins the inaugural Grain Farmers of Ontario Nuffield Scholarship. As owner of NithField Advanced Agronomy, he manages thousands of acres of cropland across several counties. He is also a third generation farmer who farms in the Oxford and Brant areas. His farming operation is the foundation for NithField’s research and development program and consists of 400+ acres of full production field scale research systems. Tony has been working with producers for over ten years. He is a Certified Crop Advisor, a graduate of the University of Guelph and the University of Illinois, specializing in Crop Science. Tony is an avid public speaker and a published writer with the American Society of Agronomy, Better Farming and Grain Farmers of Ontario.
With his Nuffield Scholarship, Tony will be looking at the challenges of accurately modernizing historical soil type maps into field specific management zones by studying the geology and make-up of agriculture soils and how they can be a foundation and predictor for variable rate farming, in the aim of increasing production potential and sustainability.
Tony will primarily be visiting large ‘grain belts’ across the world including Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Tony’s scholarship is sponsored by Grain Farmers of Ontario.
“Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to congratulate Tony on his scholarship,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are proud to support his commitment to advancing grain farming practices in Ontario and look forward to sharing his learnings with our farm-members throughout his Nuffield journey.”