Features

Ontario’s wheat story

MARKET OVERVIEW

ONTARIO FARMERS GROW close to a million acres of wheat annually, this includes winter and spring wheat. Wheat is a rotational grain whose acreage is in large part dependent on the weather in September. A [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Tax season update

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT’S NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S TAX SEASON? (W.R.) Whether you’re impacted or not, most farmers are aware of recent tax changes made to private corporations. Most of the changes aimed at converting income into [Read more]

Features

Profit hunting closer to home

THE POWER OF LOCAL MARKETS

ONE OF THE most valuable lessons Ontario grain farmers might take away from marketing grain in 2017 is not to underestimate the influence of local markets. This was where some marketers found some of their [Read more]

Also in this issue

Uncertainty

U.S. AGRICULTURE IN 2018

A NEW PRESIDENTIAL administration always means adjustments for U.S. agriculture, but the first year of the Trump presidency has been uniquely unsettling. The resulting uncertainty may produce exceptional challenges in 2018 affecting infrastructure, trade, and [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: A great farm employer

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT MAKES A GOOD FARM EMPLOYER? (H.W.) It doesn’t matter what type of business you are hiring employees for, a good employer provides clarity. On the farm, I recommend employers focus on clarity of [Read more]

Market Side

Market side: Futures trading basics

LESSON 31: TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

CANDLESTICK CHARTING Most traders and technicians today use bar charts for analysing their trading options. However, candlestick charting is rapidly becoming more popular and is a superior form of analysis. Candles, as they are commonly [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Retaining farm employees

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) MANY FARMERS ARE ALSO EMPLOYERS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES OF HIRING FARM WORKERS? (H.W.) Farming is unique in many ways. Typically, farmers don’t get involved in farming to become farm employers or [Read more]