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Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic industry speakers

GUELPH, ON (March 01, 2011)  – Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic will offer global industry insight for Ontario growers. Buyers of corn, wheat, and soybeans will explain their experiences with Ontario product and how adjustments in on-farm practices will help ensure the sustainability of grain farming on our province.

A great supporter of Grain Farmers of Ontario , Jan Wescott of Spirits Canada, will offer a wealth of knowledge about the corn quality requirements for fine Canadian whisky. The whisky industry is unique and proves to be a marketing channel of interest for many Ontario grain farmers. Remote distilleries often rely on the convenience of local farm supplies of corn whereas border locations have numerous options. Wescott will share how we can keep Ontario distilleries buying domestic corn.

Travelling all the way from the United Kingdom (UK), Warburton’s Bob Beard, will join the Grain Farmers of Ontario conference to discuss their wheat program and how they select their wheat suppliers. Warburtons is an artisan bakery that has been highly successful in the UK for 130 years. The company purchases all their wheat from the UK and Canada and has implemented traceability all the way back to the farm. Beard will provide great insight into the differences between Western and Eastern Canadian wheat in baked goods.

Finally, CRFA President Gordon Quaiattini will speak to the March Classic crowd about the status of renewable grain based fuels in Ontario. From biodiesel to ethanol, Quaiattini will flow knowledge of the current and future position of renewable fuels domestically and internationally as well as the economic impact on farm and on a macro-scale.

These three powerful industry alliances will provide an opportunity for Ontario’s grain farmers to address marketing and end-use requirements of their crops. To register for the March Classic visit www.gfo.ca/MarchClassic or call the Grain Farmers of Ontario office at 1-800-265-0550. 

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Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

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Grain Market Commentary for October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT December 3.49  06 cents
Soybeans CBOT November 9.92  34 cents
Wheat CBOT December 4.30  12 cents
Wheat Minn. December 6.12  02 cents
Wheat Kansas December 4.26  10 cents
Chicago Oats December 2.62  16 cents
Canadian $ December 0.8030  0.15 points

Harvest 2017 prices as of the close, October 12 are as follows: SWW @ $183.52/MT ($4.99/bu), HRW @ $192.67/MT ($5.24/bu), HRS @ $238.89/MT ($6.50/bu), SRW @ $188.09/MT ($5.12/bu).

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Monday, October 16, 2017

It is that time of year again when combines are rolling. However, uneven weather in parts of the American corn belt and Ontario has delayed harvest. There is nothing particularly unusual about this as we have it every year. US crops are huge coming off the fields and the market will certainly be making further adjustments. The final determinant on yield will come in the January USDA report. However, the October USDA report released October 12th helped to re-focus the trajectory of grain prices as we head into the end of the 2017.

In the October 12th report USDA increased US national corn yield to 171.8 bushels per acre, an increase of 1.9 bushels per acre over their September estimate. This put 2017/2018-corn production at 14.28 billion bushels on the high-end of pre-report estimates. The USDA also pegged corn-ending stocks at 2.34 billion bushels, which was up 5 million bushels from their September estimate. This number was a bit of a surprise especially with which dry weather throughout the American Midwest the summer.

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USDA estimated soybean production to be at 4.431 billion bushels, which was a decrease from their September estimate. This was based on a .4 bushel/acre cut in US national yield down to 49.5 bushels per acre. However, the US soybean harvested acreage is at a record high of 89.5 million acres, which was up 1% from the USDA September estimate. The US domestic soybean ending stocks were also pegged at 430 million bushels, which was down 45 million bushels from their September estimate. This was generally looked at as bullish on report day and soybeans responded by going up $.26 a bushel. US domestic wheat stocks were set at 960 million bushels, which was 27 million bushels higher than their September estimate.

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