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Megan Veldman
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January 2011
Cropside: Calibrate those spreaders
By: Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
AS OF THIS fall, urea is the cheapest source of nitrogen (N). Many farmers will take advantage of this economic opportunity and apply urea this spring. But, while you’re spreading, it’s important that your machine is doing the best job possible.spread pattern uniformityBoth spinner and airflow urea spreaders can do a great or a terrible job. Poor spread patterns have been shown to significantly reduce yields; one study in the province found a 22 bushel per acre loss from non-uniform spread
January 2011
Future of Grain
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MISSING CORN GENESRECENT research has revealed that some inbred corn lines have more variations in genes that humans have. Six elite inbred corn lines were re-sequenced and compared. The research found more than 100 genes that are present in some corn lines are missing in others. The information gathered from this research could indicate which genes are responsible for which traits, ultimately providing a shortcut for breeders to produce hybrids with specific traits. Further research is
January 2011
The uneven recovery
By: Seamus Hoban, Grain Farmers of Ontario
THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL crisis was not discriminative, all markets were hit. However the economic recovery has been much more uneven. Luckily for producers, it was the commodity markets which were the first to recover. Indeed most commodities, including grains and oilseeds, are now trading above their pre-crash levels.  Meanwhile stocks, real estate and most critically, employment levels continue to lag, prompting many to dub this a “jobless recovery.” The Federal Government is right
January 2011
Winning yield is 74 bushels per acre
By: Claire Cowan, Grain Farmers of Ontario
WHAT SOME ARE deeming “the perfect growing season” has yielded an impressive crop of Soybean Yield Challenge winners. The nine winners were announced and prizes awarded recently at the Soybean Yield Challenge banquet.“This is the biggest year yet,” says Crosby Devitt, Manager of Research and Market Development with Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We had 60 entrants that completed the competition,” he continues. These numbers are an increase from last year where 34 entrants completed the
January 2011
Fertilizer outlook - Spring 2011
By: Casper Kaastra, Agromart Terminals Inc.
GRAIN MARKET FUNDAMENTALS will continue to be the main driver for fertilizer price activity between now and the spring, but government food policy shifts in developing economies are expected to have the largest influence on prices over the longer term.As a result of forecasted low grain ending stocks later this year, it is expected that the US farmer could plant more than 90 million acres of corn a few months from now.  The last time this happened was in 2007 when an estimated 93.6
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