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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. 

GrainTALK for October 2021



Grain Farmers of Ontario is conducting a farmer-member survey. Your confidential feedback will help our planning and make our organization more responsive to your needs. All farmer-members were mailed a copy of the survey with their September issue of the Ontario Grain Farmer and provided with a postage paid return envelope. Please complete the survey as soon as possible and return. You can also complete the survey online at All farmer-members who complete the survey will be entered to win a Yeti cooler prize pack. Farmer-members who complete their survey online will be entered to win one of two $100 gift cards per month(September – January).


Premises identification is the first step in establishing a traceability system that can lead to business advantages, including improved operational efficiencies and increased market access. With the Provincial Premises Registry (PPR), the government can notify you about incidents that may impact you and your operation quickly, minimizing the effect on your operation.

The PPR is a record of individual parcels of land associated with agri-food activities. Agricorp operates the registry on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

The integrity of the PPR depends on accurate and current premises information. Registrants are encouraged to confirm or update their premises information annually. Confirming your premises information at least every two years also keeps your premises ID active and eligible for government programs, such as Ontario’s Risk Management Program. To update your information or register a new premises, visit


Grain Farmers of Ontario is proud to be a supporter and participant in several upcoming agriculture industry events:
Farm and Food Care Gala November 13
GrowCanada November 30 – December 2
Ontario Agricultural Conference January 5 -6, 2022 •


Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting a virtual Women‘s Grain Symposium on November 15, 17, and 19. This year‘s event will be held during morning sessions over the three days.

You may individually register for any or all of the sessions. Register and attend all three sessions and your name will be entered in a draw to win a YETI prize pack valued at $500. Register at •


Tar spot is spreading across southwestern Ontario and farmers need to be vigilant about identifying the disease in their fields. Positive identification this fall will allow you to make informed management decisions in 2022. To learn more about tar spot, read Crop Side on page 22, listen to the GrainTALK podcast Episode 85, and read our Agronomy Alert at •


by Philip Shaw
On September 30, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released their September 1 grain stocks report, which always puts a cap on the old crop year. The USDA raised U.S. corn stocks to 1.24 billion bushels and raised substantially U.S. soybean stocks to 256 million bushels. These numbers were bearish for corn and soybeans. Earlier on September 10, the USDA had pegged U.S. domestic corn yield to come in at 176.3 bushels per acres and soybeans at 50.6 bushels per acre with total production of 14.99 billion and 4.374 billion bushels respectively.

In Ontario, big corn and soybean crops are currently being harvested. The Canadian dollar noon rate on September 30 was 0.7849, which continues to add stimulus to Ontario cash grain prices. •


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