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Grain farmers look to federal leaders for a commitment on business risk management

GUELPH, ON (September 21, 2015) – As the federal election candidates turn their attention to agriculture policy, Grain Farmers of Ontario looks forward to commitments on business risk management programs for farmers.

Ontario grain and oilseed farmers require access to risk management programs that are timely, predictable, bankable, and straightforward, including a permanent suite of fully-funded federal Business Risk Management (BRM) programs.

“Grain farming is a high risk business and farmers face many challenges every year like volatile prices and weather patterns,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We also have to compete in a global marketplace that is influenced by government supports in other countries, requiring us to be innovative in order to remain competitive.”

BRM is a key to innovation and competition in a global environment, allowing grain farmers to adopt innovative practices in order to remain competitive while providing stability so that farmers have the confidence to invest in their operations.

“Right now, we have AgriStability as one of the federal-provincial Growing Forward 2 suite of BRM programs – but it’s not working for Ontario’s grain farmers,” says Brock.

Grain Farmers of Ontario is seeking a commitment from the federal leaders to review the AgriStability program for grain and oilseed producers with a view to replacing it with a more predictable and transparent program that works to provide income stabilization for grain and oilseed farmers. 

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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

Deb Conlon, Manager, Government Relations - 416-805-4490; dconlon@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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