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GUELPH, ON (May 5, 2011) – Canadian biofuel is better for the environment than biofuel produced further south - in part due to our different agricultural practices - according to a new study released by the Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The report, produced by Dr. Terry Daynard and KD Communications says that by including an average of just 5% ethanol in regular gasoline, Canadians are reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2.3 million tonnes annually.

“We’re looking at a reduction of 2.3 million tonnes of Canadian GHG greenhouse gas emissions,” says Dr. Terry Daynard, “That’s equivalent to removing 440,000 Canadian cars from the road. About two-thirds of this benefit is in Ontario.”

Efficiencies are generally higher for Canadian corn and ethanol production, compared to the south. This is due to the  lower use of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer (more livestock manure), less usage of lime and irrigation in Ontario corn production, and the fact that all Canadian ethanol plants use natural gas rather than coal as their source of energy.

The environmental benefits provided by ethanol are clear. Ethanol has replaced other more hazardous compounds used for octane enhancement in gasoline while also reducing harmful emissions, thus reducing the usage and importation of petroleum and refinery products – critical for a major petroleum-importing province such as Ontario - and reducing net greenhouse gas emissions.  Fuel ethanol produced from corn has 1.6 times more combustible energy than is used for its manufacture, including the production and transportation of corn.

“Ethanol blending of gasoline has proven to be an environmental benefit, and that’s been supported globally” says Barry Senft at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are proud that Canadian farmers are playing a role in this important initiative.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario

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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Market Trends Report for October-November 2017

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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