Ontario Grain Farmer
The magazine of Grain Farmers of Ontario
SEPTEMBER 2015
FEATURES
On-farm grain storage
Tony Palermo
Farmer saved seed
Patty Townsend
U.S. Corn Belt
Edith Munro
Using flowering plants for cover crops
Christina Franc
Late planted wheat
Erin Calhoun
A responsibility to lead
Rachel Telford
A new learning opportunity
Meghan Burke
Understanding precision agriculture
Doug Aspinall, Nicole Rabe, and Ian McDonald, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
The effect of extreme weather
Rachel Telford
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Protecting water quality
Edith Munro
The St. Lawrence Seaway
Rachel Telford
IN EVERY ISSUE
Legal action
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Market side: Futures trading basics
LESSON 10: WHY USE FUTURES CONTRACTS?
In the news
NEWS BITES THAT MATTER
Business side: Pollution liability
CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS
GFO Newsletter for September 2015
GET THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRAIN FARMERS OF ONTARIO
Future of grain
HIGHLIGHTING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY IN GRAIN PRODUCTION AND UTILIZATION
Cropside: Feeling the pressure? Good!
AGRONOMIC INFORMATION FROM ONTARIO'S CROP SPECIALISTS
Research roundup
FIND OUT WHAT'S NEW IN THE WORLD OF RESEARCH
WEB SPECIAL
PREVIOUS ISSUES
November 2009

November 2009
Test Weight watchers
By: Greg Stewart, OMAFRA Corn Specialist
LET'S BEGIN WITH SOME skill testing questions:1. True or False: Corn hybrids with high test weights also yield more per acre.False. The relationship between yield and test weight is not reliable; high yielding corn can also have a tendency for low test weights.2. How many pounds are there in a metric tonne?There are 2,204.6 pounds in a metric tonne.3. True or False: Test weight is not affected by the moisture content of the corn.False. Test weight is affected
November 2009
The big picture: Why can't pro food be pro farm
By: Claire Cowan
A QUICK BROWSE THROUGH the urban media this past month will unfortunately tell you that conventional farming is not only the reason we’re fat, but it’s also the big bad cause behind climate change and water pollution. An article in the Toronto Star from early October takes over 1,000 words to outline why corn and soybean farms in Ontario are essentially “junk food farms,” instilling images of “fields of Dorito bags waving in the breeze.”One article is easy to overlook as utter lunacy,
November 2009
Research roundup
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GREEN MANUFACTURINGJOEY SABLJICDISTILLERS’ Dried Grains with Solubles (DDGS) could benefit Canada’s agricultural sector and the struggling manufacturing industry alike, all while reducing their environmental impact, says Dr. Amar Mohanty, a plant agriculture researcher at the University of Guelph.Mohanty is working with Dr. Manjusri Misra, School of Engineering, to create biodegradable, compostable plastics and green composites. They’re blending DDGS – a co-product of corn-ethanol
November 2009
Farming with HST
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ON JULY 1ST, 2010, Ontario’s Retail Sales Tax will be combined with the Federal Goods and Services Tax to create a single, federally administered, Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). Farmers need to be aware of what this change will mean for their farm business. Consumers, including farmers when purchasing non-farm goods, can expect to pay an estimated increase from $150 to $500 per year as a result of the HST. The amount of tax paid will be determined by consumption levels. In order to ease the
November 2009
Soy science takes off
By: Mary Wiley
ONTARIO SOYBEAN GROWERS have reason to celebrate as the Biomaterials Research Laboratory is officially opened at Trent University. The centre, which will focus on utilization of the natural oils found in oilseed crops like soybeans, will be a crown jewel in Trent’s Centre of Knowledge in the Environment.As a founding partner, Ontario soybean growers should be proud their leadership and support has helped to establish a lipid utilization program that will be one of only a few around the
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