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Grain farmers ask province to play fair on proposed seed ban

GUELPH, ON (April 27, 2015) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has written the provincial government urging them to move the consultations regarding the Regulatory Amendments to Ontario Regulation 63/09 under the Pesticides Act to Reduce the Use of Neonicotinoid Insecticides outside of the planting season for corn and soybean farmers.

“The proposed regulations amount to a ban on the product and state that close to 100% of corn farmers and 60% of soybean farmers will be impacted,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our organization represents 28,000 grain farmers across the province and most farm both of these crops in a rotation — nearly all of our farmer members will be affected.

The government has set May 7th as the final date to comment on the proposed regulations, making this only a 45 day comment period. They also intend to move forward with the regulations before July 1, 2015 — which would be a record fast decision for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change compared to similar decisions.                                                                                    

The Ministry of Agriculture acknowledges May 7th and 10th as key dates for farmers to be planting corn, and notes the first ten days of May as being critical for soybean crops.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for grain farmers,” says Brock. “It’s unnecessary to force farmers to choose between planting Ontario’s crops or providing input to regulations that will dramatically impact their future.”

In reviewing other relevant ministry decisions, Grain Farmers of Ontario noted that the proposed seven week window between the end of comments and implementation of the regulation is ten times faster than the Ministry typically takes to consider less contentious issues that lack much engagement. Few decisions, even the non controversial, could be found to have been made in less than six months.

Examples include:

  • EBR posting 012-1394 where a policy decision (Water Supply Well - Requirements and Best Management Practices Manual) took 379 days with just two comments having been received through the EBR process.

  • EBR posting 012-1559 where a regulation decision (Reducing Coal Use In Energy-Intensive Industries) took 318 days with just 77 comments received through the EBR process.

  • EBR posting 011-8075 where a regulatory decision (Regulatory Discussion Paper under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, to allow for the Land Application of Nutrient Feedwater in Ontario) took 614 days with just 12 comments received through the EBR process.

Ontario’s Agricorp crop insurance requires fields be planted by June 30th to be eligible for coverage. Grain Farmers of Ontario is asking the government to demonstrate good faith consideration of this issue by extending comments to this date, and removing any prejudgment on when they will implement their decision to show they are actually listening.

This request is within the spirit of the rules for the Environmental Registry consultations, which say on their own website: Some proposals may provide more time (e.g. 60 days or 90 days).’  

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.

Contact:

Mark Brock, Chair - 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

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

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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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