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Grain Farmers of Ontario's commitment to sustainable agriculture practices

Pollinator Protection and Responsible use of Treated Seed

GUELPH, ON (February 6, 2014) – As part of an overall commitment to sustainable agriculture practices that protect pollinators Grain Farmers of Ontario welcomes Health Canada’s new label changes and best management practices that will help promote proper handling and safe use of neonicotinoid insect control.

Constant improvement and adaptation are essential ingredients in the Grain Farmers of Ontario’s commitment to sustainable agriculture.  Over the past 3 years, Grain Farmers of Ontario has been raising awareness and building understanding of the issues facing honey bees in our province and working on solutions to reduce the risk of dust exposure during the planting of seeds treated with neonicotinoids. Part of these efforts include supporting the development of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA) newly released Pollinator Protection and Responsible use of Treated Seed guidelines that include a series of label changes and recommendations for the use of neonicotinoids for spray application and seed treatment.

To help facilitate Health Canada’s new guidelines all corn and soybean seed deliveries will be accompanied by a new label and supply of the new fluency agent.  Farmers are required by law to adhere to the label instructions that include safer handling procedures.  Part of these new procedures ensure the replacement of talc (that creates dust) by making the use of the new fluency agent (that reduces dust) mandatory. Farmers are reminded to follow the instructions on the new fluency agent label.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario is committed to adjust planting practices to protect pollinators and we are pleased to see Health Canada’s label changes in place for the 2014 planting season.” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Protecting crops from insect damage is essential for farmers and PMRA’s new guidelines, along with Grain Farmers of Ontario’s initiatives, promote sustainable agriculture practices and the protection of pollinators.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario encourages all farmers to review PMRA’s recommendations for neonicotinoids and follow the new seed tag label. A tear-out listing of the 2014 best management practices can be found in the March issue of Ontario Grain Farmer magazine to post in farm offices as a convenient way to review and share what is required. The PDF version can also be downloaded anytime at www.gfo.ca/protectingpollinators.  

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

Henry Van Ankum, Chair - 519-835-4200; henryvanankum@sympatico.ca

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

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Grain Market Commentary for October 18, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT December 3.48  01 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.84  08 cents
Wheat CBOT December 4.30  01 cents
Wheat Minn. December 6.10  02 cents
Wheat Kansas December 4.28  02 cents
Chicago Oats December 2.68  06 cents
Canadian $ December 0.8025  0.10 points

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, October 18 are as follows: SWW @ $183.15/MT ($4.98/bu), HRW @ $192.30/MT ($5.23/bu), HRS @ $238.09/MT ($6.48/bu), SRW @ $187.72/MT ($5.11/bu).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

It is that time of year again when combines are rolling. However, uneven weather in parts of the American corn belt and Ontario has delayed harvest. There is nothing particularly unusual about this as we have it every year. US crops are huge coming off the fields and the market will certainly be making further adjustments. The final determinant on yield will come in the January USDA report. However, the October USDA report released October 12th helped to re-focus the trajectory of grain prices as we head into the end of the 2017.

In the October 12th report USDA increased US national corn yield to 171.8 bushels per acre, an increase of 1.9 bushels per acre over their September estimate. This put 2017/2018-corn production at 14.28 billion bushels on the high-end of pre-report estimates. The USDA also pegged corn-ending stocks at 2.34 billion bushels, which was up 5 million bushels from their September estimate. This number was a bit of a surprise especially with which dry weather throughout the American Midwest the summer.

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