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A successful first fiscal year for Grain Farmers of Ontario

GUELPH, ON (September 16, 2011) – At the September 8, 2011 Grain Farmers of Ontario Annual General Meeting, farmer members learned of the many ways the organization added value to its members in 2011 and of the surplus position of the organization that has led to a reduction in license fees for the 2012 crop year.

In addition to the positive reports from the organization’s leadership, delegates and members came together to have meaningful discussion on issues and resolutions that will affect farmer-members in the future.

“The financial reports for Grain Farmers of Ontario's first full fiscal year are very positive, ending with an operating surplus of $4 million,” said Grain Farmers of Ontario finance manager Tom Farfaras in his presentation. “This surplus is due to the record yields and quality of the 2010 crop.”

The meeting also featured interesting speakers including David Phillips from Environment Canada who shared his thoughts on overarching weather trends and why weather seems to matter so much to Canadians, especially farmers. Attendees also had an opportunity to hear from John DePutter who spoke on market trends and provided insight into both the current market conditions and future opportunities.

To see the detailed reports from each manager at Grain Farmers of Ontario and for a complete look at our financial statements, see our Annual Report here: http://gfo.ca/Annual-Report

The financials will also appear in the October issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

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Grain Market Commentary for August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT September 3.52  20 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.25  53 cents
Wheat CBOT September 4.20  44 cents
Wheat Minn. September 6.73  60 cents
Wheat Kansas September 4.20  24 cents
Chicago Oats September 2.60  10 cents
Canadian $ September 0.7898  0.15 points

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, August 16 are as follows:
SWW @ $182.43/MT ($4.96/bu), HRW @ $189.46/MT ($5.16/bu),
HRS @ $254.49/MT ($6.93/bu), SRW @ $187.11/MT ($5.09/bu).

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Market Trends Report for August-September 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

US and World

It has been an uneven growing season in much of the American corn belt. The Western corn belt has been dry especially in the Dakotas, while the mid south and Eastern corn belt were inundated with heavy rains earlier in the spring. The forecast in late July turned cooler and wetter for all of the American corn belt. This new forecast essentially changed much of the outlook for the American crop, but still many analysts were expecting lower August USDA numbers reflecting some of the earlier tough conditions for US corn and soybeans. Anticipation of the August 10th USDA report was filled with expectations of lower yield projections.

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On August 10th, the USDA lowered their projected corn yield estimate to 169.5 bushels per acre down from their earlier projection of 170.7 bushels per acre and less than last year's 174.6 bushels per acre. At the same time the USDA raised soybean yield expectations to 49.4 bushels per acre up from their 48 bushels per acre earlier estimate. This pegged 2017/18-soybean production at 4.4 billion bushels. Both of these USDA estimates rocked the grain market August 10th, as it was a big surprise. With so much uneven weather affecting this crop in the field a US corn yield of 165-166 bushels per acre was a general trade estimate. Futures prices plummeted on this very bearish report.

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