Register for 2018 Marketing Seminars Now

Grain Farmers of Ontario farmer-members are invited to attend two full-day marketing seminars on grain marketing: Intro to Futures & Options, as well as the more advanced Options & Technical Analysis.

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Seminars will be led by Marty Hibbs, grain merchandiser with Grain Farmers of Ontario. Hibbs is a 25 year veteran futures trader, analyst, and portfolio manager. He was a regular guest analyst on BNN for four years and is currently authoring the Market Side education series on futures trading basics in the Ontario Grain Farmer magazine.

City Date Venue Topic
Peterborough February 5, 2018 Peterborough Lions Community Centre Intro to Futures & Options
Kemptville February 6, 2018 Somerville Conference Centre Options & Technical Analysis
Leamington February 13, 2018 Best Western Plus Leamington Options & Technical Analysis
Dresden February 14, 2018 Dresden Arena - Lambton Kent Memorial Hall Intro to Futures & Options
Ridgetown February 15, 2018 Ridgetown Arena - East Kent Memorial Arena Hall Options & Technical Analysis
London February 21, 2018 Stoneridge Inn & Conference Centre Options & Technical Analysis
Mount Forest February 27, 2018 Mount Forest & District Sports Complex Intro to Futures & Options
Orangeville March 1, 2018 Best Western Plus Orangeville Inn & Suites Options & Technical Analysis
New Liskeard March 14, 2018 Waterfront Inn Intro to Futures & Options

Pre-registration is required. No walk-ins will be permitted. Register online at For more information, contact Marty Hibbs at 1-800-265-0550 or

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Grain Market Commentary for March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT May 3.87 ↑ 13 cents
Soybeans CBOT May 10.65 ↑ 10 cents
Wheat CBOT May 4.97  02 cents
Wheat Minn. May 6.20 02 cents
Wheat Kansas May 5.34  12 cents
Chicago Oats May 2.64  06 cents
Canadian $ March 0.7731 ↓ 0.65 points

Cash Grain prices as of the close, March 7, are as follows: SWW @ $238.66 ($6.50/bu), HRW @ $233.91/MT ($6.37/bu), HRS @ $248.62/MT ($6.77/bu), SRW @ $231.54/MT ($6.30/bu).

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Market Trends Report for March-April 2018

Monday, March 12, 2018

March is often a time in the grain markets where we can see movement in the production area of South America, which can be impacted by weather events. The big US crop has long been put away and is slowly moving out to end-users across the greater hinterland. Problems in Argentina with severe drought conditions have dominated the landscape over the last 30 days as prices have gone up to become much more volatile based on this weather market. Increasingly so, farmers need to watch the weather maps of South America to get clues of production conditions in the southern hemisphere.

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The USDA is starting in on their projection season. On February 22nd during their Outlook forum predictions for 2018 corn and soybean acres came in equally at 90 million acres. So let the games begin. An even bigger USDA report will come March 29th when the USDA releases its prospective plantings report. Markets will be focused on that day to see if there are any surprises.

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