• 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...

  • NEW TOOL FOR GROWERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FUNGICIDE RESISTANCE

    on June 27 | in Tek Talk | by | with Comments Off on NEW TOOL FOR GROWERS IN THE FIGHT AGAINST FUNGICIDE RESISTANCE

    From a news release


    Canadian growers have a new tool in the fight against resistance. 
    ManageResistanceNow.ca, a resistance management website, has added fungicide best practice information to help growers minimize the development of resistance in their crops.


    “Fungicide resistance affects various crops grown across Canada. In fact, it is already an issue in pulses, potatoes and fruit crops,” says Pierre Petelle, president and CEO of CropLife Canada. “I’m pleased we can now offer growers access to information that will help them manage fungicide resistance on their farms.”

    CropLife Canada launched ManageResistanceNow.ca last November as part of its commitment to enhancing product longevity and promoting environmental sustainability. Featuring resources to help growers manage herbicide resistance, ManageResistanceNow.ca has now evolved to provide current and practical information for growers to proactively manage fungicide resistance.

    Effectively managing fungicide resistance requires multiple strategies to promote both healthy plants and fungicide longevity. This will ultimately help maintain yield and crop quality. The resources highlight three main factors that contribute to the development of fungicide resistance – agronomic factors, disease risk, and fungicide risk – otherwise known as the risk triangle.

    “Disease risk is often dictated by weather conditions and the presence of the pathogen,” explains Petelle. “In order to lower disease risk, growers must manage the other two elements of the risk triangle. For example, it’s vital to use agronomic practices that promote healthy plants and to select fungicides strategically.”

    In addition to providing best management practices, the website features case studies profiling growers, crop advisors and researchers from across the country who share their experiences with fungicide resistance. In the near future, resources will be added to help growers manage insecticide resistance.

    The Manage Resistance Now initiative also recently supported the development of the Resistance Management Specialist (RMS) Designation offered by the Ontario Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs). Sixteen CCAs successfully received their RMS Designation this spring.

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  • ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT REVIEW

    on June 26 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT REVIEW

    Ontario Federation of Agriculture Commentary

    By Peggy Brekveld, OFA Vice President

    Changes are being made to Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, and the government is welcoming comments on proposed revisions. This legislation impacts Ontario farmers who often deal with the habitats of many endangered, threatened and species of special concern on and around their farms. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is encouraging all members to review the proposed changes and participate in the online consultation process by the May 18 deadline.

    Here’s what OFA wants farmers to know about the proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act:

    ·  The Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks will require the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk (the organization that designates species at risk) to reconsider the classification of a species – this means a species classification could be adjusted based on new scientific information presented to government

    ·  Species evaluations will be required to consider classification status beyond Ontario’s border and not rely solely on a species’ status in Ontario – something OFA has been advocating for in recent years

    ·  Adjustments can be made to habitat protections, at the discretion of the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, allowing for temporary suspension of species classifications under certain circumstances

    ·  Municipalities or other infrastructure developers may have the option to pay a charge in lieu of completing requirements of the act
    The government’s process of open consultations on legislative changes offers all Ontarians the opportunity to add their voice to rules that impact their families, farms, businesses and environment. OFA encourages all Ontario farmers to review the proposed changes and provide feedback. This 10-year review of the Endangered Species Act is an opportunity to comment on how the proposed changes could impact your farm operation.

    OFA will be sending a formal submission to address areas of the act that are subject to significant changes. These areas include assessing species at risk, implementing habitat protection, issuing permits, developing exemptions and the enforcement of the act.

    OFA participated in the consultations that led up to the passing of the original Endangered Species Act in 2007 and continues to consult with government postings related to the act. This environmental legislation is designed to identify species at risk, protect their habitats and promote stewardship practices that will help protect these plant and animal species.

    It’s our job to ensure any changes to the Endangered Species Act are considered through the lens of farmers and do not impede normal farming practices while protecting our environment and all species that live within it.

    Submit your comments to the proposed changes on the Environmental Registry of Ontario website.

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  • ADJUSTING THE BALANCE

    on June 25 | in Ag News | by | with Comments Off on ADJUSTING THE BALANCE

    By Brenda Dyack, CFFO Director of Research & Policy

    The concept of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a convenient short form for considering the infinite number of combinations of social, environmental and economic choices we might make in seeking to achieve our greatest wellbeing. We are forced to choose a TBL balance because we can’t have all we want. We face scarcity, so unless we are continually innovating our way out of scarcity, there is no escaping the reality of hard tradeoffs.

    When we vote for change in government, we are voting for changes to our publicly shared TBL outcomes. Here in Ontario, we voted to shift the balance to economic outcomes. With the financial bottom line high on the agenda, this government has been swift to deliver on its promises to attract business activity, stimulate job creation and increase housing supply.

    Municipalities will have more flexibility on where housing and business development will expand, and development should speed up as the government’s new “A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2019” rolls out.

    On the social front, there are some concerns about proposals for healthcare and education change given that a healthy, well-educated population is the foundation of the creative innovations we need to compete globally.

    On the environment front, the government is promising that A Place to Grow will continue to ensure the protection of our agricultural and natural areas and support climate change mitigation and adaptation as Ontario moves towards the goal of environmentally sustainable communities.

    However, it is not clear how farmland will be protected with this growth plan, which is a key concern for CFFO. There seems to be no reference to OMAFRA’s Agricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) proposal of 2018. The AIA was meant to control development including settlement area boundary expansions, infrastructure projects and mineral aggregate extraction operations within prime agricultural areas.

    Moreover, several proposals clearly reduce existing environmental protections as the government aims to modernize old legislation.

    First, proposals to modernize the Environmental Assessment Act are aimed at changing the Act’s current requirements for social, economic, cultural, health and environmental analysis and will shift to focusing only on projects that pose actual, real risks. However, how we can know which projects “pose actual, real risks” unless an assessment is actually done?

    Second, two proposals to change how Conservation Authorities (CA) operate are intended to help them focus and deliver on protecting people and property and to improve governance. Will CA involvement in environmental goals continue?

    Adjusting the TBL balance is inevitable as priorities change. As people become more educated and as societies evolve, people gain a better understanding of both the short-run and long-run costs and benefits of our individual and voting choices. We know that short-run economic gains could come at an environmental cost in the long-run. The Duty of Care for the environment rests with governments. Therefore, our ultimate “Bottom Line” is that we have no choice but to trust that our current leaders will balance their economic growth mandate with their long-run responsibility for environmental stewardship.

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  • ONTARIO FIELD CROP REPORT – WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2019

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    From Field Crop News.com

    By the OMAFRA Field Crop Team

    Corn

    Grain corn planting is complete on intended corn acres except on heavy clays that received more rain this week. Crop stages range from 8 leaf stage to newly emerged. Overall plant stands look good on lighter and medium textured soils although plant stress is becoming evident on corn seeded into less than ideal conditions. There were reports of tough looking corn with very hard ground 2 inches below the surface and plants turning colour after 3 or 4 days without rainfall. There is concern that if conditions turn dry now these fields will struggle, due to a delayed root development primarily caused by seed trench compaction. There is also still some silage corn being planted. Majority of corn has received some of its nitrogen and much more is planted as side-dressing and later top dressing.

    Uneven stands are hard to diagnose between cool wet weather or emerging pest pressure. Black cut worm pressure in some areas, which matches up with model predictions.

    Herbicide applications have been delayed this year in some fields and weeds are very large before they are controlled. Weeds that emerge at the same time as the crop cause the greatest yield losses. Although soybeans will lose yield to weed competition they are less susceptible than corn. Prioritize you weed control applications to the fields that have the most urgent need and will offer the best response to the herbicide program.

    Soybeans

    Soybean stands seem to be good so far. Fields vary from newly planted to fully emerged. The earliest fields of narrow row beans are beginning to fill in with some achieving second trifoliate stage. Replants are underway on clay soils where seed was planted too deep or stands are thin for a variety of reasons including crusting after rain. The soybean and edible planting date deadlines have been 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.

    Pre-emergent herbicides have been doing an excellent job this year resulting from adequate activating rainfall. A considerable number of fields did not get a burndown and have very large weeds now. Read herbicide labels to understand timing and performance. It is important to following good herbicide stewardship practices like considering wind speed, application volume, ground speed and neighbouring crops.

    Should fields that are planted now be switched to earlier season varieties? The general rule of thumb regardless of planting date (even double cropping) or geography is to seed the longest maturing variety that will finish normally in the fall before a killing frost.

    After June 15th shortening a variety by 0.5 to 1.0 maturity group is a reasonable strategy to ensure timely fall harvest. However, growers in areas with more than 3000 crop heat units may opt not to switch varieties since those areas are more likely to have an open fall. If planting is delayed past the first few days of July switching to earlier season varieties is the best strategy to ensure crops mature this fall.

    The presence of seed corn maggot in some soybean fields has been observed.

    Cereals

    Spring cereal stands are generally in good shape and progressing well with the below average temperatures and good soil moisture.

    The risk for fusarium head blight in winter wheat remains high. It’s estimated that up to 90% of the wheat received a T3 fungicide. Heading dates were variable so deciding the exact date to spray was very challenging. Overall, the crop is likely about 2 weeks behind normal development.

    Cereal leaf beetle (CLB) is being reported in several winter wheat fields and will likely begin to move into spring cereal stands. If the crop is after the boot stage but prior to heading, the threshold is one CLB larva or adult per stem. Watch for pre-harvest intervals if timing is getting late.

    Physiological fleck and aphids are also being reported in winter wheat fields. 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.

    Canola

    The earliest planted spring canola, primarily in Bruce and Grey counties on lighter ground, is approaching flowering. These fields represent typical spring canola planting and flowering timings. Most of the spring canola was planted in late May or early June and is still in the rosette stages. Flea beetle were present in many fields and numerous fields were sprayed with an insecticide. Some crop scouts have noted flies in the fields, which are likely Delia species (such as seedcorn maggot flies or others). The adult flies will not cause crop damage but check for maggots feeding on the roots. However, it is not expected that the maggots are causing much damage. Many flies have been observed dead and stuck to the top of canola plants; these have been killed by a beneficial fungus.

    Winter canola varieties at the AAFC Harrow Research Station that are defined as “early” varieties are starting to show signs of seed colour change. “Regular” winter canola varieties will likely mature about a week later. Spring was late this year, so harvest of winter canola in southwestern Ontario will likely occur towards the end of July.

    Dry Beans

    Dry bean planting is ongoing between rain events. Reports from Huron and Perth indicate up to 20% of dry beans remain to be planted as of June 23. Bean emergence has been quite slow, particularly for larger seeded beans like cranberry and kidneys. Soil temperatures of 18 (C) and above are best for quick dry bean emergence, so relatively cool temperatures may have been the cause of slow emergence. Crusting is also an issue in some fields. There have been reports that slow emergence has led to some bean cotyledons rotting. When considering replanting dry bean fields, factor in the harvest date as well. Stands with 2 to 3 healthy plants per foot of row on 15” rows and 3-4 on 30” rows, with an even distribution of healthy plants, should yield reasonably well. Later plantings may lead to more quality issues at harvest time.

    Forages

    Harvest of first cut hay continues throughout the province and the harvest period has extended for several weeks compared to typically one week. First cut yields range from average to below average. Forage quality is unknown until lab results are completed in next few weeks. Improved weather conditions are helping cow calf grazing in last ten days. Some livestock producers continued planting silage corn earlier this week to boost forage inventories. 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.

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  • Spring Is Here, So Bring On The Asparagus

    on June 24 | in Kim Cooper | by | with Comments Off on Spring Is Here, So Bring On The Asparagus

    Asparagus is finally here, which is a sure sign of spring. Many people wait all year for local asparagus to appear at roadside stands and food stores. Did you know that here in Chatham-Kent we are the No. 2 producer of asparagus in all of Ontario?

    My thanks go to the Asparagus Farmers of Ontario (www.asparagus.on.ca) for the valuable information they provided for this article. You can also find some great asparagus recipes on their website.

    Asparagus is a spring vegetable and a member of the lily family, which includes onions, garlic, leeks, turnips and gladioli. Asparagus shoots arise from underground “crowns” that are planted about inches inches deep. Under ideal weather conditions, an asparagus shoot, or “spear”, can grow 25 cm (10 inches) in a 24-hour period. If not harvested, the shoots grow into tall fern-like plants with small red seeds. Once the shoot starts to “leaf out,” the stems become woody and inedible. Asparagus is a long-lived crop that can be productive for 15 or more years if given proper care.

    Asparagus comes in three colours, which are green, white and purple. Green asparagus has colour because of photosynthesis, the process where plants use sunlight to produce chlorophyll, which gives them their green colour.

    White asparagus is actually just green asparagus, but the farmer mounds soil on top of the spears so they never see sunlight and, as a result, do not perform photosynthesis and therefore have no colour.

    Purple asparagus is simply a variety of green asparagus that has a gene that makes it purple, even though it still uses photosynthesis.

    Today, the biggest asparagus-producing countries are China, Peru, Germany, Mexico, Thailand and Spain. The United States (mostly California, Washington and Michigan) are seventh and Canada is 16th in world production.

    Asparagus has only four calories per spear and is very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fibre, protein, beta-carotene, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium.

    Asparagus is also rich in rutin, a powerful antioxidant.

    Asparagus is also a diuretic. It brings about an increase in the excretion of chlorine and phosphate compounds. This dilutes the urine, which helps prevent renal and urinary tract inflammations.

    It looks like asparagus is an amazing food that we need more, so why not buy some delicious and nutritious Chatham-Kent asparagus and try a few new recipes.


    With the spring planting season underway, this means farmers are moving large farm machinery on our local roads as they move from field to field. Please slow down and be very careful when you see these farm implements.

    Also, please be patient. Our farmers are just trying to do their job and not intentionally trying to slow you down.

    Thank you for your understanding.


    June 3-9 is Local Food Week across all of Ontario. So here in Chatham-Kent, let’s celebrate our delicious and nutritious local food and our amazing local food producers.


    Think about this – When God seems so absent, He is very much present.

    Just some food for thought.

    Remember that here in Chatham-Kent ‘We Grow for the World’. Check out our community’s agricultural website atwww.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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  • ONTARIO SUPPORTING FRESH AND HEALTHY SCHOOL FUNDRAISING

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    From a news release

    The Ontario government is supporting school fundraising and promoting fresh Ontario grown food and healthy eating through its Fresh from the Farm initiative. Schools can enroll in the program for 2019 by visiting Fresh from the Farm.

    Fresh from the Farm – a collaborative initiative between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association – is committed to helping:

    ·  Encourage healthy food choices

    ·  Provide opportunities for learning about agriculture and food in the classroom

    ·  Support local economies

    ·  Raise funds to support school extracurricular initiatives, such as class trips or school yard improvement projects, with 40 per cent of all fresh produce sales going directly towards the school.

    “This fresh approach to fundraising is a great way for students to access healthy, delicious local food while raising money to provide students with opportunities such as class trips or schoolyard improvement projects,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Fresh from the Farm connects students with farmers because learning where their food comes from helps them understand the value and importance of local food.”

    “We are pleased to be part of this innovative fundraising program,” added Minister of Education Lisa Thompson. “It is important for students to learn about the agri-food industry and healthy eating habits. This program will also help our students build skills in other areas such as financial literacy and entrepreneurship.”

    “The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association congratulates OMAFRA and the Ontario Ministry of Education for having the vision to support the Fresh from the Farm program,” said Bill George Jr., Chair, Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association.

    “This initiative is a great example of how government and industry can work together to achieve shared goals such as supporting school communities, Ontario farmers and increasing access to local Ontario food.”

    More than 1,700 Ontario schools have participated in Fresh from the Farm to date. The schools have collectively distributed about 1.7 million kilograms of fresh, local fruit and vegetables to Ontario families, and generated a total of around $4 million in local food sales.

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  • FULL RMP DETAILS NOW AVAILABLE

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    From Agricorp


    Full RMP program details are now available to help Ontario farmers finalize their 2019 program decisions. In April, the provincial government announced that RMP would continue with the addition of a new 95 per cent coverage level. The new coverage level is a cost-effective alternative to the existing 100 per cent coverage level.

    Participation timelines have been adjusted to provide additional time for customers to make the best decisions for their farm businesses.

    Full 2019 program details, including premium rates and updated timelines, are available on Agricorp’s website for the following plans:

    ·  Cattle

    ·  Sheep

    ·  Veal

    ·  Hogs

    ·  Grains and oilseeds

    Renewing coverage for 2019

    Renewal packages will be mailed in May. When customers receive their packages, they can follow these steps to secure coverage for 2019:

    Step 1: Review your renewal
    Make sure the contact information, insured production for livestock, insured acres for grains and oilseeds, and business details are all up-to-date and accurate. This helps keep coverage ready for when customers need it.

    Step 2: Consider your options
    Review the 2019 premium rates and use the Rates, Dates and Updates information sheet, in renewal packages, to help evaluate individual premium options.

    Customers can also call Agricorp – a representative would be happy to help.

    Step 3: Select your coverage
    Because of the new coverage-level option, coverage is not automatically renewed this year. Customers will need to evaluate their options and contact Agricorp to select a coverage level that is best for their farms.

    Tip: RMP: Grains and Oilseeds customers can also select their coverage level when they report their planted acres for Production Insurance, all in one phone call.

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  • USDA FORECASTING HUGE STOCKPILES OF NEW CORN, SOYBEANS AND WHEAT

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    In its first outlook for the 2019-20 marketing year, the United States Department of Agriculture projects larger ending stocks for U.S. corn and wheat and slightly lower stockpiles of soybeans.

    According to the May 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, U.S. ending stocks of corn are up 390 million bushels from last year to 2.485 billion. If realized, the amount would be the highest since 1987/88.

    The 2019-20 corn crop is projected at 15 billion bushels, up from last year and the second largest on record behind 2016/17 as an increase in the area more than offsets a reduction in yield. With beginning stocks down from a year ago, total corn supplies are forecast record high at 17.2 billion bushels.

    Total U.S. corn use in 2019/20 is forecast to rise relative to a year ago as greater domestic use offsets a slight decline in exports. Food, seed, and industrial use is projected to rise 50 million bushels to 7 billion. Corn used for ethanol is projected to increase 1 per cent from a year ago, based on expectations of modest growth in motor gasoline consumption, a slight decline in ethanol’s inclusion rate into gasoline, and larger exports.

    U.S. corn exports are forecast to decline 25 million bushels in 2019/20, despite larger world corn trade. Increased exports out of Argentina and Brazil during 2018/19 (local marketing years beginning March 2019 and ending February 2020) are expected to limit U.S. exports during the first half of 2019/20. 

    Soybeans

    U.S. soybean ending stocks for 2019/20 are estimated at 970 million bushels, down 25 million from the revised 2018/19 forecast. The soybean crop is projected at 4.15 billion bushels, down 394 million from last year’s record crop on lower harvested area and trend yields. With sharply higher beginning stocks, soybean supplies are projected at 5.165 billion bushels, up 3 per cent from 2018/19.

    U.S. soybean exports are forecast at 1.95 billion bushels, up 175 million from the revised forecast for 2018/19. Despite limited growth in global soybean import demand, U.S. export share is expected to rise to 35 per cent from the 2018/19 record low of 32 percent on higher supplies and competitive prices. 
    Wheat 

    Ending stocks for 2019/20 are projected 14 million bushels higher than last year at 1.141 billion. The 2019/20 U.S. wheat crop is projected at 1.897 billion bushels, up less than 1 per cent from last year as a higher yield more than offsets reduced harvested acreage. 

    The first 2019 National Agricultural Statistics Service survey-based winter wheat production forecast indicated larger Hard Red Winter production, more than offsetting smaller Soft Red Winter and White Wheat crops. 

    Total 2019/20 domestic use is projected up 5 per cent with increases in all usage categories. Exports are projected at 900 million bushels, down 25 million from the revised 2018/19 exports.

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  • CANADIAN CORN AND WHEAT STOCKS LOWER; SOYBEANS AND CANOLA HIGHER

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    From Statistics Canada


    On March 31, 2019, stocks of Canadian wheat, barley, corn for grain, oats, dry peas and lentils were down compared with the same date in 2018. Conversely, stocks of canola and soybeans were up year over year. Lower stocks were generally a result of lower on-farm stocks.

    Corn for grain

    Stocks of corn for grain were down 5.2% compared with the same date one year earlier, to 8.3 million tonnes. The decrease in total corn stocks was led by on-farm stocks which fell 11.9% to 5.9 million tonnes, offsetting an increase in commercial stocks (+16.2%, to 2.4 million tonnes).

    Soybeans

    Despite a year-over-year increase in exports, record high beginning stocks for the crop year—coupled with higher imports compared with the same date one year earlier—drove soybean stocks higher on March 31. Nationally, total stocks of soybeans were at 2.9 million tonnes on March 31, 4.3% higher than the same date one year earlier.

    Commercial stocks were responsible for the increase in total soybean stocks, rising 11.8% to 1.2 million tonnes. In contrast, on-farm stocks were down 0.5% to 1.7 million tonnes.

    Wheat

    Total wheat stocks decreased 4.3% from the same day a year earlier to 15.7 million tonnes on March 31. The decrease was led by on-farm stocks, which fell 10.3% year over year to 11.4 million tonnes. In contrast, commercial stocks of wheat were up 16.4% to 4.3 million tonnes.

    At the national level, exports of wheat increased 9.1% from the previous year to 15.7 million tonnes on March 31, the highest level on record for this period. Higher exports were likely driven by strong global demand coupled with lower competition from other major wheat-producing countries.

    Farm-level stocks in Saskatchewan accounted for the greatest proportion of the year-over-year decrease, falling 15.8% to 4.9 million tonnes. Alberta reported slightly higher on-farm stocks, rising 0.4% to 4.5 million tonnes.

    Canola

    Canola stocks increased 10.5% year over year, rising to 10 million tonnes on March 31. The increase was led by on-farm stocks which increased by 16.5% compared with the previous year to 8.8 million tonnes, while commercial stocks fell 20% to 1.2 million tonnes. 

    Higher stocks on March 31 were a result of fewer deliveries and lower exports in the first quarter of the calendar year. Deliveries continued to be slowed by lower producer prices, which fell from above $500 during the same time in 2018 to under $460 in 2019, and reduced export demand, which in turn was pressured in part by high global oilseed stocks.

    Barley and Oats

    Total barley stocks decreased from the same date in 2018, falling 26.6% to 2.5 million tonnes on March 31, a record low for this period. On-farm stocks fell 28.4% to 2.2 million tonnes, while commercial stocks decreased 10% to 306,000 tonnes.

    Lower year-over-year inventories of barley combined with higher exports to decrease stocks. Low global stocks, strong world prices for feed barley, and low world supplies of malting barley likely drove exports higher (+10.3%) compared with March 31, 2018.

    Oat stocks were lower on March 31, declining 33.4% to 1.4 million tonnes from the same date one year earlier. While commercial stocks increased by 14.4%, on-farm stocks fell 38.6% to 1.2 million tonnes.

    Dry peas and lentils

    At the national level, stocks of dry peas fell to 1.7 million tonnes on March 31, 2019, down 25.7% compared with the same date one year earlier. While commercial stocks were up 11.5% to 388,700 tonnes, on-farm stocks offset this increase, falling 32.5% to 1.3 million tonnes.

    Total stocks of lentils decreased by 15.4% to 1.4 million tonnes compared to the same date one year earlier. The decrease was a result of lower on-farm (-15.6%) and commercial (-14.5%) stocks.

    Dry pea exports rose to 2.1 million tonnes from 1.8 million tonnes one year earlier. Despite ongoing tariffs on pea exports to India, exports to other countries such as China and Bangladesh have contributed to the growth in exports.

    Similarly, exports of lentils grew 41.8% compared with the same date one year earlier to 1.4 million tonnes, despite ongoing tariffs. 

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