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Ontario is out of step with rest of North America on pollinator health

GUELPH, ON (June 1, 2015) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is calling on the Province of Ontario to take a look at what other jurisdictions are saying when it comes to pollinator health — instead of rushing though unworkable regulations that will hurt farmers.

In the last two weeks, the Canadian Senate and the U.S. White House each issued reports on how to address the issue of improving pollinator health. Of 13 recommendations proposed by the two entities, none call for an immediate reduction in the use of neonicotinoid treated seeds. This calls into question why Glen Murray, Ontario’s Environment Minister, is pushing heavily to restrict access to important seed treatments as his only solution to protect pollinator health.

“It is becoming increasingly frustrating to try to explain to the government how wrong headed their approach to pollinator health is. Instead of focusing on key issues that have been identified by responsible parties, Ontario’s policy is being driven purely by politics and special interest groups,” says Mark Huston, Vice Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

As an example, last week, the David Suzuki Foundation brought in a scientist from Europe to tell Ontario legislators that there has been no reduction in crop yield during their moratorium on neonicotinoids, while bee mortalities dropped 10% during the same period.

“We know he is wrong on crop yield. Field reports from England and Germany indicated widespread pest damage that could not be controlled by alternative means,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Here in Canada we have a better solution to protect both our crops and pollinators. We saw a 70% reduction in bee mortalities during the 2014 planting season by following the PMRA’s interim controls. It just doesn't make sense for Murray to want to force this through on July 1 given the achievements we’ve already seen.”

The Pollinator Health Blueprint developed by Ontario farmers, beekeepers, and other stakeholders proposes strategies that are in line with other jurisdictions including the Canadian Senate and the White House.  Grain Farmers of Ontario is urging the provincial government to delay the July 1, 2015 implementation of its proposed neonicotinoid regulations and engage farmers in developing a workable plan that will deliver a tangible result in improving pollinator health.

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

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

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Corn CBOT December 3.49  06 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.92  34 cents
Wheat CBOT December 4.30  12 cents
Wheat Minn. December 6.12  02 cents
Wheat Kansas December 4.26  10 cents
Chicago Oats December 2.62  16 cents
Canadian $ December 0.8030  0.15 points

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, October 12 are as follows: SWW @ $183.52/MT ($4.99/bu), HRW @ $192.67/MT ($5.24/bu), HRS @ $238.89/MT ($6.50/bu), SRW @ $188.09/MT ($5.12/bu).

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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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