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Protecting Ontario's crops

GUELPH, ON (July 9, 2013) – Ontario farmers have faced unusual and extreme weather conditions that adversely affect many aspects of agriculture. One prevalent and complex issue is an increase in bee deaths.

“Many North American studies are underway and numerous risk factors to bee health have been identified, including varroa mites, poor nutrition/lack of forage, drought, winter-kill, and diseases,” says John Cowan, VP of Strategic Development at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The public is pointing to neonicotinoid seed treatments as a possible contributing factor, but it is critical that all risks are fully understood and all stakeholders consulted before considering a blanket ban on seed treatments that are critical to Ontario’s 28,000 grain farmers.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is actively involved in several initiatives to enhance bee protection. These include ensuring that farmers implement best management practices and working with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs, the University of Guelph, and the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus to support research into pollinator health. 

“Neonicotinoid seed treatments are a vital tool for Ontario’s corn, soybean and wheat farmers,” says Cowan. “Without this technology, farmers have a potential for yield loss of 3-20 bushels per acre which would result in significant ramifications for the entire food value chain.”

Banning the use of neonicotinoid treatments would make it impossible for Ontario’s farmers to compete with their peers in other regions, such as the United States and Western Canada, who would continue to have access to these technologies.  Grain Farmers of Ontario looks forward to further investigation into the challenges of protecting both crops and pollinators in the face of numerous environmental obstacles. 

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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Barry Senft, CEO - 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

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Grain Market Commentary for September 13, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT December 3.51  10 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.60  11 cents
Wheat CBOT December 4.43  03 cents
Wheat Minn. December 6.43  01 cents
Wheat Kansas December 4.44  05 cents
Chicago Oats December 2.38  05 cents
Canadian $ December 0.8196  0.15 points

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, September 13 are as follows:
SWW @ $182.92/MT ($4.98/bu), HRW @ $185.15/MT ($5.04/bu),
HRS @ $238.95/MT ($6.50/bu), SRW @ $182.91/MT ($4.98/bu).

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Monday, September 18, 2017

US and World

Across the US corn belt American farmers are starting to harvest another huge crop. The growing season was uneven with widespread drought in the Northwest plains and quite a wet start in the Eastern corn belt. This was accentuated by somewhat dry conditions in mid-summer, but it looks like good genetics and modern farming methods have won out. As we careen into October, US farmers are set to harvest their third-largest corn crop and the largest soybean crop ever.

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On September 12th the USDA released their latest estimates of US crops. USDA estimated US corn production would come in at 14.184 billion bushels, with an average yield of 169.9 bushels per acre. This was seen as a bit of a shock to the market as traders were expecting lower yield estimates. The USDA also increased 2017/18 ending stocks to 2.335 billion bushels, up 62 million from their August report. This US crop is approximately 6% less than last year with the yield 4.7 bushels per acre lower.

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