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Ontario Grain Farmer Magazine is the flagship publication of Grain Farmers of Ontario and a source of information for our province’s grain farmers. 

GFO Newsletter for December 2011


Details for the district meetings in association with Grain Farmers of?Ontario are listed on the next page. If your district meeting time and place is still to be determined, check upcoming newsletters and the website at These meetings are an invaluable way for farmers to learn about GFO’s activities and to get involved. Everything you need to know about the Annual District Meetings can be found on the gfo website at


Grain Farmers of Ontario and John Deere are jointly hosting two new satellite locations for the Southwest Agricultural Conference (SWAC). 

 Walkerton – Huron Tractor Ltd
6 Durham Rd, RR4, Bruce Rd 3 Walkerton
Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $25

 Omemee – Green Tractor
114 Heights Road, Omemee, ON
Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Admission: $25

Lunch will be provided at both locations as well as on-site presentations from John Deere and Grain Farmers of Ontario. The following sessions will be broadcast live from SWAC and questions can be submitted in real-time to the presenters.

 Session 1:   Cover Crops & Reduced Tillage
Session 2:   Peak Planter Performance
Session 3:   Big Bucks in Grain Storage
Session 4:   Soil Test Advanced
Session 5:   What Part of 30% Residue Cover Didn’t We Understand?
Session 6:   Market Outlook 2012

To register, please contact Meghan Burke at or 519-767-2773 by Dec 16th, 2011. For information about SWAC visit: •

The Annual District Grain Committee Meetings of Grain Farmers of Ontario held in each district in January are important for all members to attend and make their voices heard. The meetings feature reports from GFO’s activities and an opportunity for farmers to ask questions and receive updates on current and upcoming issues. These meetings also serve the important purpose of electing the delegates, alternates and director for each district.

It is for these reasons that Grain Farmers of Ontario is making every effort to get as many farmer-members out to each meeting. All corn, soybean and wheat farmers are welcome.

Any farmer that brings a member that has never attended a Grain Farmers of Ontario Annual District Grain Committee Meeting will receive a Barlow Stainless Steel multi-tool. So round up your neighbours and come on out! •

Grain Farmers of Ontario is offering bus transportation from Eastern and Northern Ontario for members attending our March Classic (being held March 19th, 2011). 

Both buses will leave for London on Sunday afternoon, March 18th and return Tuesday morning, March 20th. Hotel accommodations for both Sunday and Monday evening will be covered by Grain Farmers of Ontario for these members. Those on the bus are encouraged to purchase tickets to the March Classic banquet on Monday evening for $45 each.

• Bus seats must be reserved! Please call Anita at Grain Farmers of Ontario (1-800-265-0550) to reserve your spot on the bus by Feb 1st, 2011.
• Pick-up times are approximate. Please be at your location 15 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.
• If there are not enough reservations, the buses will be cancelled, so please RSVP?as soon as possible. Check after February 1 for confirmation that the buses are running.

Bus Pick-Up Locations and Times:

Eastern Ontario
11:00am Cornwall, 1901 McConnell Ave.,
Fifth Wheel Truck Stop (*Sign vehicle in at store)
12:10pm Town of Prescott, 141 Commerce Dr.
Canadian Tire, 140 Prescott Centre Drive (*Vehicle pre-registration with GFO?office to submit to store)
2:20pm Belleville, Hwy. 401 & Cannifton, (MTO Carpool Lot)
Stop in Bowmanville for 1/2 hour break
4:30pm Oshawa, Hwy. 401 & Simcoe (MTO Carpool Lot)
Arrive in London at Convention Centre about 7:30pm

Northern Ontario
11:00am New Liskeard , 133 Scott St., WalMart
Parking Lot
(*Vehicle pre-registration with GFO office
to submit to store)
1:25pm North Bay, 201 Pinewood Park Dr.
Clarion Resort Pinewood Park, (*Park in
south end of south lot)
Stop Near Newmarket for 1/2 hour break
Arrive in London at Convention Centre
about 8:00 pm

Ontario grain farmers are invited to hear about the results from the Corn Hybrid Performance Trials and the Soybean Performance Trials in an upcoming webinar hosted by Grain Farmers of Ontario.

In an effort to get the information provided in both trials to farmers in a timely manner, Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting an interactive webinar on December 9 at 8:30am. If you aren’t able to tune in live, the recorded webinar will be available after the event on

GFO’s manager of research and market development, Crosby Devitt will moderate the online seminar which will feature Greg Stewart and Horst Bohner. The webinar is a live event and those tuned in will have an opportunity to ask the experts questions and get immediate responses. 

To register, send your name and email address with “Corn and Soy Webinar” in the subject line to You will receive a confirmation email with webinar details and instructions upon registration. 

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