• Kearney Planters

    Feb 21 | 1370 Views | No Comments

    Kearney Planters established in 1979 by Barry Kearney’s own quest to modify his corn planter Kearney Planters is a name that farmers have grown to trust planting through harvest. Growing and adapting through the past 36 years the business has now expanded into two working shops and a new...

  • DeGoeys Nursery And Flowers

    Jul 9 | 1769 Views | No Comments

    In 1976, the DeGoey family were fresh market field growers. John and Jane DeGoey believed that growing flowers was a niche they could build, and in 1980 they built their first greenhouse for flowers. Today the whole family is involved in the thriving business. Building slowly through the years, the...

  • Geo Produce

    Jul 9 | 1772 Views | No Comments

    Starting as a 1-acre greenhouse back in 1990, the Knoteck family has grown Geo Produce to a 12+ acre, high-tech greenhouse operation. Operated by skilled professionals, Geo Produce grows 7 acres of red, yellow and orange bell peppers as well as 4.5 acres of TOV greenhouse product, such as...

  • Buis Beef

    Jul 9 | 1882 Views | No Comments

    Buis Beef is a third generation family farm with a mixed farming operation with vegetable crops (sweet-corn, green beans) and field crops (corn and beans & wheat) as well as a herd of 350 beef cows. They are known as an innovative farm because they are not afraid to try new operational...

  • Jennen Family Farm Market

    Jul 9 | 1676 Views | No Comments

    The Jennen’s have been in Wabash for over 20 years. Their family farm has grown every year, with recent expansion to 12 acres of High Tunnels and into long-season berry production. The High Tunnels allow for a longer and more sustainable growing season by moderating temperature, wind and...

  • River Bell Market Garden

    Jul 9 | 1377 Views | No Comments

    River Bell Market Garden has been farming organically since 19990 and has been certified organic for fruits and vegetables since 2003. Their unique “organic vegetable box” program delivers a crate of fresh organic vegetables to your house or a local drop-off area throughout the year. River Bell...

  • Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products

    May 7 | 2927 Views | No Comments

    Giffin’s Maple Syrup Products is a family operation owned Don and Jean Giffin.  They began their maple syrup operation in 1980 and have 2800 taps in their 50-acre maple bush. Always open to innovation, in 2015 Giffins started utilizing reverse osmosis for production, which removes 75% of water...

  • The Pickle Station

    May 7 | 1490 Views | No Comments

    In 1964, Norm VanRoboys sold a load of cucumbers to Walter Bick, founder of Bick’s Pickles. That same year, VanRoboys contracted 2 million pounds of cucumbers to Chatham-Kent farmers, which was the beginning of VanRoboys “Pickle Station”. Today, the third generation of VanRoboys manages the...

  • McGrail Farm Equipment

    May 7 | 1958 Views | No Comments

    McGrail Farm Equipment has been a successful Southwestern Ontario John Deere dealer for 50 years. John Deere is continually developing new products to improve agriculture production. McGrail Farm Equipment is committed to enhancing the capabilities of the products they sell by keeping all employees...

  • Devolder Farms

    Mar 27 | 1665 Views | No Comments

    Recognizing the needs of other farmers in the area, Bob and Diane Devolder established Devolder Farms Seeds in 1988. Today, Devolder Farms is a family-owned and operated business with an active presence within the farming Chatham-Kent community. In 1974, Bob Devolder acquired and has maintained his...

  • Early Acres Estate Winery

    Mar 27 | 1578 Views | No Comments

    Wine production is truly a family experience for Mike and Sue Korpan. Their Early Acres Estate Winery is set on 7.5 acres of sandy loam soil, which is perfectly suited to the success of their grapes. The warm summers and cool falls of Chatham-Kent provide the perfect combination of flavour and body...

  • Sunshine Farms

    Dec 15 | 1432 Views | No Comments

    Sunshine Farms, founded by John and Claudia Jaques,  began growing  and pickling asparagus in 1982. Once their friends and family tasted the fresh, crisp product, the demand grew. Today, Sunshine Farms, also run by sons Josh, Ben and Adrian, offer fresh asparagus as well as 23 types of pickles,...

  • The Ag Mag

    Nov 7 | 2241 Views | No Comments

    Here is the latest copy of the AgMag.  Enjoy! AgMag_WEB  ...

  • Uher’s Performance Feeds

    Sep 30 | 1905 Views | No Comments

    Uher’s Performance Feeds not only provides feed for livestock and pet food for small animals, they provide solutions to your feed challenges.  From wine, cattle and equine feed to sheep, poultry, game bird, pet feed and wild birdseed, customers can find all of this and more in-store at Uher’s...

  • Lloyd Bag Company

    Sep 19 | 1899 Views | No Comments

    Since 1939, the Lloyd Bag Company has been manufacturing and distributing bags throughout North America.  Today they manufacture and import woven fabric bags including jute, burlap, leno mesh, woven polypropylene, cotton, canvas, paper, bulk bags, BOPP bags and tote bags. With a variety of...

  • Crazy Eight Barn

    Sep 2 | 1781 Views | No Comments

    Expanding Chatham-Kent’s agri-tourism market is the popular Crazy Eight Barn. The 8-sided barn was originally built for stabling animals, but was left empty for years until Susanne Spence-Wilkins saw it and made plans of her own. She carefully disassembled the building and moved it to Palmyra, on...

  • Dover Corn Products

    Aug 19 | 1819 Views | No Comments

    Dover Corn Products Ltd., a 100% Canadian, family owned and operated facility, is quickly becoming an industry leader in the dry corn milling market. They are proud to bring one of Canada’s oldest and most stable industries back to Ontario. Dover Corn Products is the only dry corn mill in...

  • Thompsons Limited

    Aug 5 | 1560 Views | No Comments

    Since 1924, Thompsons principal business has involved the distribution of corn, soybeans, wheat, and dry beans as well as providing farmers with the necessary inputs to produce and grow successful crops. Thompsons Limited provides high quality agricultural supplies and services, including seed,...

  • London Agricultural Commodities

    Feb 14 | 2050 Views | No Comments

    London Agricultural Commodities (LAC) is privately held enterprise that operates two facilities in Chatham-Kent, has several marketing arrangements with independently owned elevators throughout Ontario.  Through our London office, LAC markets a variety of grains around the world. In Tupperville,...

  • Roesch Meats And More

    Feb 7 | 1921 Views | No Comments

    Roesch Meats and more has been serving the highest quality, freshest meats available since 1995. Their pork is fed and raised on-site, with no medication in the feed or water. They also offer Ontario beef and chicken, and all is sold through their on-site retail operation.  Lamb is available...

  • Harvest-Pac Products Inc.

    Jan 17 | 1933 Views | No Comments

    With the belief that if you begin with a superior raw product, you will produce a superior finished product, Harvest-Pac Products has been processing locally-grown vegetables and fruit since the early 1990s. Prior to entering into the processing side of the business, three generations of the...

  • Delhaven Orchards

    Jan 7 | 1605 Views | No Comments

    Delhaven Orchards Ltd. is a family farm owned and operated by Marilyn and Hector Delanghe. Over 400 acres are farmed and crops grown include apples (16 varieties), peaches (12 varieties), sweet cherries (6 varieties), pears (3 varieties), apricots (4 varieties), nectarines (3 varieties),...

  • Truly Green Farms

    Dec 23 | 1638 Views | No Comments

    Recognized as the first of its kind in North America, Truly Green Farms, operated by the Devries family, is 22.5 acres of greenhouse that produces up to 21 million kilograms of tomatoes annually. In partnership with GreenField Ethanol, the green house utilizes the ethanol plant’s waste heat and...

  • Pride Seeds

    Dec 17 | 1120 Views | No Comments

    The goal of Pride Seeds is to create a unique product experience that results in higher profits for corn, soybean and forage crop growers. Pride strives to increase profitability for growers by delivering superior seed. Pride Seeds is part of AgReliant Genetics, which has one of the largest...

  • MARKET RECAP – JULY 5, 2019

    on July 10 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on MARKET RECAP – JULY 5, 2019

    Corn prices were back in positive territory after suffering a setback the previous week when the USDA surprised the trade with a larger than expected acreage estimate for the U.S. crop.

    The support over the past week came from the weekly crop progress report on July 1 that rated the corn crop as 56% good to excellent. The rating was lower than the trade’s expectations, fueling speculation that the delayed planting will have a negative impact on yields. Last year at this time, the crop was rated as 76% good to excellent. 

    For old crop corn, the Chicago future (Sept.19) closed at $4.39 on Friday, up 14 cents from June 28. The new crop future (Dec.19) closed at $4.42, up 10 cents. 

    The Chatham-Kent (CK) high cash price was $5.84, up 14 cents from the previous week. The new crop high price was up 10 cents at $5.67. 

    At the same time last year, the CK high old cash price was $4.52, and the new crop was $4.50.

    For soybeans, the market continued to be pressured by uncertainty around the U.S.-China tariff dispute. Meanwhile, China’s struggles with African Swine Fever continue to have an impact on the market as soybean meal is a key feedstock for hogs. 

    The old crop soybean future (Aug. 2019) was down 29 cents from the previous week, at $8.76. The new crop (Nov. 19) future also lost 29 cents at $8.95.

    The CK old cash price on Friday was $10.86, down 29 cents from the previous week. The new crop price was also down 29 cents at $10.95.

    Last year, the CK high old crop price was $10.94, and the new was $11.16.

    Wheat futures lost ground as improving weather for the winter wheat harvest weighed on the prices. 

    For old crop wheat, the Sept. future in Chicago was down 12 cents from the previous week, closing at $5.15. The new crop (July 20) future was down 6 cents at $5.41.

    The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) Soft Red Winter Wheat cash price was down 16 cents at $6.86. The new crop price was 7 cents lower at $6.74. 

    Last year, the GFO Soft Red Winter Wheat cash price was $6.44; the new crop price was $6.73.

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    on July 10 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on AGRICULTURE LEADERS ADDRESS RIDGETOWN CAMPUS GRADUATES

    From a news release

    Women are making important contributions in all aspects of our agri-food economy, and two women at different stages of their careers shared their inspirational message at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus graduation on May 31.

    This year’s graduation address was delivered by Amy Cronin, President of Cronin Farms, and an accomplished agriculture and rural leader. 

    Amy has completed the Advanced Agriculture Leadership Program and the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management program. Her education, combined with her passion for family, farming and her community, has driven her to pursue several distinguished provincial leadership roles. 

    “Amy is a great example of farm women making a significant contribution in agribusiness and throughout the province,” states Ken McEwan, Campus Director. “We’re excited that she accepted our invitation to address the Class of 2019; she is an engaging and dynamic speaker who has been improving life for those around her for decades.” 

    This year’s graduation ceremony celebrated the successful completion of students in five associate diploma programs including Agriculture, Environmental Management, Equine Care and Management, Horticulture and Veterinary Technology. 

    The ceremony also celebrated the successful academic achievement for students in the Performance Horse Handler and Veterinary Office Administration certificates, as well as recognized completion of the in-class portion of students in the Dairy Herdsperson Apprenticeship program. 

    Prior to the graduation procession, the campus hosted a Donor Appreciation Luncheon. This year over $34,500 in awards was distributed to deserving students for academic and leadership excellence.

    The Ridgetown Campus Class of 2019 selected Abigail Taylor of Belmont, a senior student in the Associate Diploma in Agriculture program, to deliver the valedictorian address. 

    Abigail has been very involved in campus life; participating in student government, playing intramural sports, participating in campus clubs and livestock shows, and the campus Student Ambassador program. 

    Abigail also excelled academically; receiving several academic and leadership honours during her two years at Ridgetown. She plans to continue her studies in the Bachelor of Arts – Food, Agriculture, and Resource Economics degree at the Guelph campus of the University of Guelph in September 2019. 

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    on July 9 | in Tek Talk | by | with Comments Off on ONTARIO FIELD CROP REPORT – WEEK OF JULY 1, 2019

    From Field Crop News.com

    By the OMAFRA Field Crop Team


    Early planted corn reached the ‘knee-high by the 1st of July’. Crop stages range from 12 leaf stage to still a few acres being planted. More so on the heavier soils, some unseeded corn acres remain. Corn planted this late will have high harvest moisture and could be difficult to combine pending fall conditions. For the most part, plant stands look good on lighter and medium textured soils. Stands planted in less than ideal conditions continue to show plant stress, particularly on heavier soils. Some stands are showing the planting side-wall compaction, and with drier weather, the seed trench has opened up. A lot of the intended side-dressing nitrogen has been applied in the past week. With the warmer temperatures, the corn colour has improved significantly. In areas where planting conditions were delayed, nitrogen side-dressing still needs to be done.

    There are still a few fields where the weeds have emerged and are competing with the corn. Lots of slugs in no-till corn stands, less in the strip-till planted corn.


    Overall, soybean stands look good and are changing to a darker green as the nodules kick-in. Still, a few acres were replanted this past week due to seed corn maggot or poor emergence due to soil crusting. Symptoms of early season diseases like Phytophthora root rot are also starting to show in some fields that will require replanting. The soybean and edible planting date deadlines were extended to July 5th. With respect to the unseeded acreage benefit (USAB), a grower may now change their dominant crop up to July 5th. Please contact Agricorp to discuss coverage. More information on Cover Crop Options for Unseeded Fields is available on OMAFRA’s website and fieldcropnews.com.

    Pre-emergent herbicides have been doing an excellent job this year resulting from adequate activating rainfall. Weeds are quite large in a considerable number of fields that did not get a burndown application. Lots of volunteer corn is growing in soybean fields. Read herbicide labels to understand timing and performance. It is important to follow good herbicide stewardship practices like considering the wind speed, application volume, ground speed and neighbouring crops.


    Fusarium is starting to show up in winter wheat fields. Growers should begin scouting their fields to identify those with Fusarium head blight and target those fields first for harvest. Even fields that have been sprayed with a T3 fungicide should be scouted as applications may have gone on in less than ideal conditions in some cases, or there is variation in stands resulting in less than adequate protection of tillers.

    For those planning to use a pre-harvest desiccant, they should be applied at the hard dough stage when the grain is less than 30% moisture. An easy way to scout for the correct staging is to look for a change in the colour of the peduncle. When 95% of the peduncles have changed from green to tan/brown, the crop is physiologically mature and ready for a pre-harvest desiccant.

    Spring cereals are progressing with the early planted cereals now headed. Some disease is starting to show up, so continue to scout. Also, continue to monitor for cereal leaf beetle infestations as they move from winter wheat fields into spring cereals stands. Thresholds for aphids are up to the boot stage. If the crop is beyond this stage, treatment has no merit. Populations may begin to increase in spring cereals. However, natural enemies will hopefully build up before that. If young plants have 12-15 aphids per stem up to boot stage and natural enemies are not present, control may be warranted.

    Growers should be ready to harvest wheat at higher grain moisture and plan to dry it to maintain quality.


    May planted canola is in mid-bloom, and many fields have had a fungicide applied or will shortly. Early June planted canola is now bolting. Some areas are beginning to show moisture stress.

    Swede midge is present, but much of the crop that is flowering now has low to very low levels of damage so far, with many getting through bolting without an insecticide application.
    Dry Beans

    Still some white and other edible beans being planted yet. Some fields of shorter season beans such as cranberry beans left to plant. There are reports of white beans having poor emergence and emerging ” bald-headed”, without cotyledons. There are many reports of slow emergence on a variety of bean classes. There are also several fields with low populations, leaving tough decisions about replanting. Lots of volunteer corn in the edible beans also. Leafhoppers will likely be moving into dry beans as alfalfa stands are being cut. Scout for adults and nymphs. The threshold for adults or nymphs per leaf is 0.2 for unifoliate beans, 0.5 for second trifoliate, 1.0 for fourth trifoliate and 2.0 for flower stage. More information on potato leafhoppers is available at Field Crop News.com.


    Still lots of reports that forage inventory is low. More demand for oat seed for cover crops for unseeded acres. Forage stands that were going to be ripped up like the winter wheat ended up being kept. Some interseeded with Italian ryegrass was drilled into thickening stands. Lots of 1st cut hay being harvested. Still reports of yields only 60% to 70% of normal.

    Spring grains up high for forage, mostly nurse crop, harvest before the nurse heads out. Lots of emergency forages out there, and they need different management to be fertilized, harvested and ensile properly. Forage oats and peas still being planted. Others have planted sorghum or sorghum sudan grass planning on two cuts. Producers who have established alternative forage crops are reminded that it is generally 45-60 days from planting to harvest, depending on the crop. More information on alternate forage options is available at Field Crop News.com.

    Several growers have applied liquid manure after the 1st cut on forage stands. There’s some wheel damage from hay harvest and manure application equipment. Second cut yields look good.

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    on July 9 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on SHARP FALL FOR 2018 FARM INCOME

    From Statistics Canada

    The realized net farm income of agricultural producers fell 45.1% in 2018 to $3.9 billion, the largest percentage decrease since 2006. This followed a 2.8% decline in 2017.

    Realized net income is the difference between a farmer’s cash receipts and operating expenses, minus depreciation, plus income in kind.

    Rising feed, interest and labour costs together with little change in farm cash receipts pushed realized net farm income lower.

    Realized net income fell in every province except New Brunswick (+7.2%) where an increase in cannabis and potato production boosted receipts. More than one-third of the national decrease was attributable to a 68.1% decline in Alberta.

    Little change in farm cash receipts

    Farm cash receipts, which include crop and livestock revenues as well as program payments, edged up 0.1% to $62.2 billion in 2018. This followed a 2.6% rise in 2017.

    Farm cash receipts declined in five provinces, with the largest drop in Alberta (-4.0%), while New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia posted gains.

    Market receipts totalled $60.0 billion in 2018, up 0.4%, as a small rise in crop receipts more than offset a small drop in livestock receipts.

    Market receipts are the product of price and marketings. Marketings are quantities sold, using various units of measure.

    Increases in wheat and cannabis receipts lead to a slight rise in crop receipts

    Crop revenue edged up 0.9% to $35.0 billion in 2018 as increases in wheat (excluding durum) and cannabis revenues more than offset a decline in canola receipts.

    Wheat (excluding durum) receipts were up 11.6%—the second consecutive annual double-digit increase. Both prices and quantities sold rose, as exports to China almost tripled.

    The revenue of licensed cannabis producers totalled $564.1 million in 2018, up from $189.0 million in 2017. The recreational use of cannabis became legal in October 2018, contributing to the 198.4% hike in receipts.

    Receipts for corn producers increased by 9.9% on rising prices and marketings.

    The 6.5% decline in canola receipts was driven by decreased marketings as exports were down. Canola producers in Alberta were especially hard hit as canola receipts decreased 16.1%. Marketings fell by a similar percentage, in the wake of rail disruptions early in the year, a late harvest and lower production.

    Falling prices pushed lentil revenues down 35.1%. The imposition of duties by the Indian government in late 2017 on imports of lentils curtailed exports, sharply lowering prices. These duties also applied to dry peas with similar results. Dry pea revenue fell 19.7% as prices declined 17.2%.

    Falling hog receipts push livestock receipts down slightly

    Revenue from livestock production edged down 0.2% to $25.0 billion in 2018.

    Hog receipts were down 8.9% on lower prices as North American inventories reached record highs in 2018. Retaliatory pork tariffs imposed on the United States by China and Mexico also contributed to the surplus of hogs in the United States, reducing demand for Canadian exports.

    Moderating the decline in livestock revenue was a 2.8% rise in the receipts of supply-managed commodities. Chicken receipts were up 5.9%, with both prices and quantities sold increasing.

    There was little change in the cattle and calf sector, with receipts edging up 0.1% as small price decreases were more than offset by higher marketings.

    Program payments to producers fell 8.9% to $2.2 billion in 2018. Crop insurance payments were down 27.2%, following a 17.3% rise in 2017.

    Biggest increase in farm expenses in six years

    Farm operating expenses (after rebates) increased by 6.5% in 2018 to $50.6 billion—the largest percentage increase since 2012.

    Feed costs were up 9.6%, largely due to rising prices as feed grain supplies were tight before harvest. A large influx of imported corn from the United States provided an alternative source of feed.

    Interest expenses (+19.5%) increased sharply on rising average interest rates (+10.0%) and debt levels (+8.7%). This was the largest increase in interest expenses since 1981 (+49.5%). While in 1981 interest expenses comprised a large share of total operating expenses (18.3%), this was not the case in 2018 when the interest share increased to 7.2%, up from 6.4% in 2017.

    Cash wages increased by 8.0% in 2018—well above the average increase of the previous five years (+3.5%). Increased cannabis production and the impact on the horticultural sector of minimum wage legislation in Ontario strengthened the wage hike.

    Higher prices pushed machinery fuel expenses up 18.1% in 2018. This followed a price-related 9.3% hike in 2017.

    Total farm expenses—the sum of operating expenses and depreciation costs—rose 5.9% to $58.4 billion in 2018 as depreciation charges increased by 2.2%.

    Total farm expenses were up in every province, ranging from increases of 3.9% in Newfoundland and Labrador to 14.0% in New Brunswick.

    Sharp decline in total net income

    Total net farm income fell $5.2 billion to $3.0 billion in 2018. Total net farm income is realized net income adjusted for changes in the farmer-owned inventories of crops and livestock. It represents the return to the owner’s equity, unpaid farm labour, management and risk.

    Lower on-farm stocks of barley, corn, wheat (excluding durum) and soybeans, as well as decreased cattle and calf inventories, contributed to the drop in the value of inventory change (-$865 million).

    All provinces recorded declines in total net farm income.

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    on July 7 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on CANNABIS BOOSTS FARM CASH RECEIPTS

    From Statistics Canada

    Farm cash receipts for Canadian farmers totalled $15.9 billion in the first quarter, up 3.1% from the same quarter in 2018.

    The increase in 2019 was attributable to higher program payments (+60.6%), crop receipts (+1.5%) and livestock receipts (+1.3%).

    Farm cash receipts, which include crop and livestock revenues, as well as program payments, were up in every province except Nova Scotia (-2.5%), Manitoba (-1.3%) and Ontario (-0.3%).

    Higher receipts in Saskatchewan (up $184.5 million) and Alberta (up $153.0 million) more than offset the largest monetary decrease in Manitoba (down $22.7 million).

    Crop receipts boosted by cannabis

    Crop receipts totalled $9.0 billion in the first quarter, up $129.5 million (+1.5%) from the same quarter in 2018. Excluding cannabis, crop receipts would have declined by 0.8%.

    Cannabis receipts—which now include recreational cannabis—totalled $271.3 million in the first quarter, and are now included in farm cash receipts. Ontario had the highest farm cash receipts for cannabis at $116.7 million.

    Wheat (excluding durum) receipts were up 13.3% as increased exports, likely due to strong global demand coupled with lower competition from other major wheat-producing countries, boosted both marketings (+10.2%) and prices (+2.8%). Wheat stocks as of March 2019 were down 4.3% to 15.7 million tonnes compared with the same period last year. In Saskatchewan, provincial marketings for all wheat rose 24.9% year over year in the first quarter.

    Lentil receipts were up 44.9% to $259.5 million in the first quarter. This was mostly the result of a 43.9% increase in marketings to 607.4 million tonnes.

    Canola receipts were down 11.0% to $2.0 billion as exports decreased sharply in the first quarter due to an oversupply of oilseeds in the world market. Canola prices were down 4.7% year over year, while marketings declined 6.7%.

    Soybean receipts were down 22.3% with declines in six of the seven provinces that produce soybeans. This decrease in the first quarter was attributable to marketings (-20.9%), following a 10-year high of 1.3 billion tonnes in the first quarter of 2018.

    Livestock receipts rise on higher cattle receipts

    Livestock receipts rose 1.3% to $6.2 billion in the first quarter, mostly attributable to a 4.0% increase in cattle receipts to $2.0 billion and a 4.2% increase in dairy receipts to $1.7 billion. The increase was slightly offset by lower hog receipts (-8.7%).

    The increase in cattle receipts was mostly attributable to the increased international exports (+37.9%), driven primarily by higher marketings (+32.6%) and prices (+4.0%).

    The supply-managed sectors (which accounted for approximately 45% of total livestock receipts) posted a year-over-year gain of 4.8%, to $2.8 billion in the first quarter. Dairy receipts contributed the most to this increase. Both price and marketings were higher as receipts rose for both eggs (+9.6%) and chicken for meat (+5.8%). Turkeys (-6.4%) were the only supply-managed commodity that had lower receipts.

    Declining hog prices (-10.3%) pushed hog receipts down from $1.1 billion to $996.8 million—despite a 1.8% year-over-year increase in marketings. The majority of the decrease was attributable to slaughtered hogs (-9.4%), mostly related to lower prices (-10.9%).

    Program payments

    Program payments totalled $698.0 million in the first quarter, up 60.6% year over year. Crop insurance was the main driver of the increase, rising from $205.4 million to $470.6 million. Alberta accounted for just over half of the crop insurance payments as a result of adverse weather conditions, which left crops unharvested in the fields.

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    on July 6 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on FIELD CONDITIONS UPDATE FROM GFO

    From Ontario Grain Farmer.ca 

    By Marty Vermey, Grain Farmers of Ontario’s senior agronomist

    Over the past few days, as I have travelled through southern and western Ontario, it was all too evident the struggle farmers are facing with this wet spring. Some areas had a nice little bit of ground planted, and some areas had no field work done at all. If you averaged it, only about a third of the ground is planted, another third has been worked, and the rest hasn’t been touched. There has been water lying in fields in many counties.

    As we see the glassy shine on the fields and know that fields are saturated with three to six inches of rain on it, our thoughts turn to how will the recently planted crop emerge. Every field will be different, and those with good soil health and porosity will fair better. But as the soils dry, we will need to keep an eye on the activity of the seed beneath the surface, evaluate if a crust is forming, and notice how tight the soils are.

    If the seedling is being held back by a crust or tight soils, remediation may be required. Crack the crust once the soil starts to dry to give a point of least resistance for the seedling to emerge from. Prevent further compaction by waiting for the ground to be dry, but don’t wait too long as once the soil is baked, the damage will be done.

    Cracking can be done with many different tools you may already have on the farm. If you have to, even running an empty planter with the units up and just a coulter lightly cracking the crust will help. Using a shallow vertical till machine is also a consideration.


    I had the opportunity to attend the Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) this week. At the meeting, it was noted by Horst Bohner, OMAFRA soybean specialist, that as we get into a later timeframe for planting soybeans, we will lose 10 per cent yield with June planted soybeans. To help reduce the impact of late planting yield loss, farmers are encouraged to establish their soybean canopy as soon as possible as they will have a shorter growing window. You should focus on planting in narrow rows with a higher density to establish a canopy that pushes plants to pod higher. Later planting dates results in shorter and narrower plant development. Push seeding population by 10 per cent in early June and push to 20 per cent after June 15.


    The wheat crop is also under stress in the region. Thinner stands in many fields will result in reduced yields. We will need to manage the wheat crop properly to have a marketable product. Farmers will need to keep an eye on diseases. Stripe rust has been identified in Kentucky and Tennessee, and a field has been confirmed in the Wingham area of Ontario. For tips on how to identify and manage stripe rust, see the related article at Ontario Grain Farmer.ca.

    Fusarium will need to be managed closely as well this year. Wet weather at flowering will cause our greatest risk of infection. The wheat crop is at different growth phases, so keep an eye on your field, and once the majority of the field is at anthesis, get ready to spray. Consult your ag retailer for product options and application rates. More information can also be found at Field Crop News.com.

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    From a news release

    The federal government has implemented the new regulations necessary to strengthen the Advance Payments Program, as announced on May 1st.

    According to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, these changes will provide farmers with more cash flow, providing them flexibility to manage their farm operations, adjust their marketing plans and explore new market opportunities. The moves are aimed at mitigating the damage from a trade dispute with China over Canadian canola.

    China suspended the licenses of two Canadian companies to export their canola seed to China, citing non-compliance with their plant health requirements. At the same time, China strengthened their inspection measures on all Canadian canola seed shipments.

    The amendments made to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Regulations increase loan limits from $400,000 to $1 million for all producers on a permanent basis, and increase the interest-free portion of loans on canola advances from $100,000 to $500,000 in the 2019 program year under the APP. Producers of all other commodities can continue to receive up to $100,000 interest-free.

    With the regulations now in place, government officials are working with the 36 program administrators to revise contracts, operating procedures and to ensure system changes are properly implemented, and are working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Producers will be able to apply for the new amounts as early as June 10 and new advances above $400,000 will be issued as of June 26.

    Producers are encouraged to contact their APP administrator regarding application details and processing timelines. In the meantime, the Government continues to provide producers access to the current advance limit of $400,000, which effective immediately, is interest-free for all canola advances.

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  • Ontario’s First Agriculture Fair Was Held In 1792

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    The 2017 International Plowing Match Princess of the Furrow Brooklyn Hendriks rides with 2018 IPM mascot Tobe Cobe during the Dresden Exhibition parade on Friday, July 27, 2018. (David Gough, Postmedia Network)

    We are so fortunate to live in a rich farming area. Agriculture takes a lifetime to learn about and, for most, that is not possible. However, for those of us brought up in the city, we have a unique opportunity to learn more about the farming lifestyle by attending agricultural fairs.

    Fairs have a long history. There were two types of ancient fairs: trade shows and festivals. From the biblical “Fairs of Tyre” to Sturbridge Fair in medieval England, fairs were used as market places and carnivals. In the 1700s, the British crossed the agricultural improvement society with the traditional trade fair/carnival and agricultural fairs were born.

    These agricultural fairs were transplanted to the colonies by the earliest British settlers. The concept of fairs soon flourished in agrarian North America. In Canada, the first agricultural society was formed in 1765 in Nova Scotia. Ontario followed suit in 1792 with the Agricultural Society of Upper Canada based at Niagara-on-the-Lake. From the Ontario strongholds, the concept of agricultural fairs spread west with the first settlers.

    The system of agricultural societies and their fairs spread all over Ontario in the 1800s. They were organized by county and township and, at one time, numbered more than 500 in Ontario alone. While agricultural societies used many methods (of varying success) to improve agriculture and the rural lifestyle, their most enduring and endearing legacy was the agricultural fair. Industrial exhibitions and festivals came and went, but the fairs just carried on. Fairs soon became an ingrained part of Ontario’s (and indeed Canada’s) culture. They still are a very important part of our society.

    Ontario fairs have changed since their inception, but they still carry on their mandate of promoting agriculture and the rural lifestyle.

    Would you like to see modern tradition meet the modern world? Attend a fair!

    Here is a list of agricultural fairs in our area and beyond in alphabetical order along with the 2019 date. Most of these events are held later on in the year, but there are some early fairs on this list.

    ·        Leamington Fair – June 14-16

    ·        Dresden Fair – July 26-28

    ·        Ridgetown Fair – Aug. 3-4

    ·        Comber Fair – Aug. 9-11

    ·        Melbourne Fair – Aug. 17

    ·        Shedden Fair – Aug. 23-25

    ·        Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) – Aug. 16-Sept. 2

    ·        Harrow Fair – Sept. 6-8

    ·        Petrolia and Enniskillen Fair – Sept. 6-8

    ·        Western Fair – Sept. 6-15

    ·        Rodney Fair – Sept. 13-15

    ·        Plympton Wyoming Fair – Sept. 13-15

    ·        Forest Agricultural Society – Sept. 20-22

    ·        Glencoe Fair – Sept. 20-22

    ·        Thorndale Fair – Sept. 20-22

    ·        Highgate Fair – Sept. 27-29

    ·        Ilderton Fair – Sept. 27-29

    ·        Brooke/Alvinston/Watford Fair – Sept. 27-29

    ·        Wallacetown Fair – Sept. 27-29

    ·        Dorchester Fair – Oct. 11-14

    ·        Brigden Fair – Oct. 11-14

    If you have never attended any of these fairs in the past, why not try one out this year? You will find them exciting, informative and lots of fun. Make sure to take your children, grandchildren or anyone else.

    Just some food for thought.

    Think about this – God is far more interested in who you are than in what you do.

    Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘WE GROW FOR THE WORLD’.  Check out our community’s agricultural website at: www.wegrowfortheworld.com

    Kim Cooper has been involved in the agribusiness sector for over 45 years. He can be reached at: kim.e.cooper@gmail.com

    You can also follow him on Twitter.com/theAGguy

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  • OMAFRA Vegetable Newsletter – May 28, 2019

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    Here are the latest ONvegetables.com posts in pdf format.  Each week (slightly less often in the winter), we compile the new articles that have been posted onONvegetables.com, and send them to those of you who prefer the weekly pdf format.

    If you prefer to be notified immediately each time a new article is posted on the blog, you can sign up for email notifications (they will show as being from WordPress) or for the RSS feed at http://onvegetables.com.  You can then email us if you would like to be removed from the pdf email list.

    In this issue: 

    May 28, 2019 –

    ·       Resistant Weed Testing Is Available for Horticulture Growers by: Kristen Obeid, Weed Management Specialist, OMAFRA

    ·       PMRA Factsheets on REI and PHI

    ·       VCR – Vegetable Crop Report – May 23, 2019


    OMAFRA Vegetable Team

    Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 
    Visit ONvegetables.com for updates on vegetable issues in Ontario

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  • OMAFRA Vegetable Newsletter – June 4, 2019

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    Here are the latest ONvegetables.com posts in pdf format.  Each week (slightly less often in the winter), we compile the new articles that have been posted onONvegetables.com, and send them to those of you who prefer the weekly pdf format.

    If you prefer to be notified immediately each time a new article is posted on the blog, you can sign up for email notifications (they will show as being from WordPress) or for the RSS feed at http://onvegetables.com.  You can then email us if you would like to be removed from the pdf email list.

    In this issue: 

    June 04, 2019 –


    OMAFRA Vegetable Team

    Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs 
    Visit ONvegetables.com for updates on vegetable issues in Ontario

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