Business Side

Business side: Farm advisors

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT ROLES CAN FARM ADVISORS HAVE AS PART OF A FARM MANAGEMENT TEAM? (C.C.) Farm advisors offer a specific area of expertise that can compliment an internal farm management team. Many advisors specialize in [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Equipment insurance

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT DO FARMERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INSURING FARM EQUIPMENT? (R.N.) Farm equipment is typically insured under a farm policy. In some case, equipment can also be covered under a home owner policy if [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Building prevention

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT FIRE CODE REGULATIONS DO FARMERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF WHEN PLANNING NEW ON-FARM BUILDINGS? (J.E.) Prevention and maintenance are key when it comes to reducing the risk of fire and should be [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Fire risks

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M) WHAT TYPE OF FIRE RISKS DO TRACTORS AND EQUIPMENT POSE ON THE FARM? (J.Z.) Motorized equipment, especially tractors, produce a significant amount of heat even after being powered off and stored. As farms grow [Read more]

Features

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]

Features

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]

Features

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]

Features

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]

Also in this issue

Financial analysis

BMO ISSUES NORTH AMERICAN REPORT

DESPITE ONGOING TRADE concerns and rising business costs, Bank of Montreal (BMO) analysts say a favourable exchange rate between the Canadian and American dollar means Canadian grain producers face a positive market outlook. EXCHANGE RATE [Read more]

Business Side

Business side: Distracted driving

CONVERSATIONS WITH BUSINESS EXPERTS

(J.M.) WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? (K.S.) Distracted driving is most often associated with cell phone use. Under the Highway Traffic Act, motor vehicle drivers in Ontario cannot use a hand-held device while driving. And while [Read more]