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The value of corn

UNDERSTANDING MARKET INFLUENCES

CORN CAN BE a great crop to grow. In Ontario, our corn yields have been consistently increasing on an annual basis. According to Statistics Canada, in 2018 Canadian farmers planted approximately 3.6 million acres, which [Read more]

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Ontario wheat

MARKET ASSESSMENT

THE 2018 WHEAT crop was a high quality crop that met the needs of end users in terms of strong falling numbers, decent test weight, and good protein levels. For a full indication of wheat [Read more]

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Marketing plans

ADAPTING TO MARKET CHALLENGES

OBTAINING PREMIUM PRICES right at harvest time has been a given in recent years, but not during the bumper crop of 2018. In the past, producers could be relatively comfortable that they’d get a better [Read more]

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Targeted sales

MARKETING DON INFECTED CORN

MY FIRST HARVEST in the commercial grain elevator business was 1992. For the farmers who are too young to remember it, 1992 was an extremely cool summer and much of Ontario’s corn crop simply failed [Read more]

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Coping with stress

FARMER HEALTH

IT HAS BEEN a particularly difficult harvest for some Ontario farmers this fall. The severe DON outbreak is weighing heavy and stress levels are higher than during a typical harvest season. Uncertainty makes it difficult [Read more]

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Farm Market News review

TARIFFS TRUMP SOYBEAN PRICES

THE 2017—18 MARKETING year will be remembered for the tariff war between the United States and China. Already weighed down by the prospects of huge U.S. crops, the uncertainty over the trade situation applied further [Read more]

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On-farm emergencies

HAVE A PLAN FOR FIRST RESPONDERS

NO ONE CAN ever really prepare for an emergency. The cause, scale, and impact are unpredictable, especially on a farm where emergencies or accidents can include anything from barn fires or tractor roll overs, to [Read more]

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Always read the data contract

NEW TECHNOLOGY’S LEGAL ISSUES

FARMERS ARE INCREASINGLY trying to improve productivity and profitability with farm management software systems. Those systems generate vast quantities of data about the farms on which they’re used, however, who owns and has rights to [Read more]