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Grain Farmers of Ontario encouraged by PMRA consultation

GUELPH, ON (December 16, 2013) – Grain Farmers of Ontario responded to the Pest Management Regulatory Agency’s (PMRA’s) call for public input on its Notice of Intent regarding bees and neonicotinoid pesticides during the 90-day comment period made available to stakeholders, which closed last week.

A standardized letter was available for members to submit in response to the consultation.  Neonicotinoid seed treatment is an important tool to manage risk from insect damage for the farmer-members of Grain Farmers of Ontario. The letter requested policymakers to stay on course with a science-based regulatory process that will benefit all involved and highlighted the importance of treated seed to grain farmers across the province.

“We appreciate the chance to express our need for these products during the consultation period,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We hope to continue collaboration with all stakeholders to find a solution that works for both beekeepers and farmers. The consultation period allowed us to focus on the importance of sound science and our farmers’ need for technology. ”

The Grain Farmers of Ontario submission is available for viewing at www.gfo.ca. The consultation period for the Notice of Intent closed yesterday. Results will be made available on the Health Canada website. 

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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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Barry Senft, CEO - 1-800-265-0550; bsenft@gfo.ca

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Grain Market Commentary for December 6, 2017

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Commodity Period Price Weekly Movement
Corn CBOT March 3.52  01 cents
Soybeans CBOT January 10.03  10 cents
Wheat CBOT March 4.25  10 cents
Wheat Minn. March 6.14  09 cents
Wheat Kansas March 4.23  06 cents
Chicago Oats March 2.48  15 cents
Canadian $ December 0.7835  0.50 points

Cash Grain prices as of the close, December 6, are as follows: SWW @ $178.23/MT ($4.85/bu), HRW @ $187.61/MT ($5.11/bu), HRS @ $238.74/MT ($6.50/bu), SRW @ $182.92/MT ($4.98/bu).

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Monday, November 13, 2017

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Harvest time is in full swing across United States and Ontario. There have been delays, but as usual, farmers in 2017 like they have many times before are finding ways to get the crop in the bin. Yield monitors flickering on social media have been a harbinger of big yields in the United States as one of the biggest crops in American history gets closer to the finish line. How big that crop has become has been a great subject of debate over the last several months.

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On November 9th USDA chimed in with their latest crop production report. In a surprise move, which shocked the market the USDA raised 2017/2018-corn production to 14.58 billion bushels. This was on a projected yield of 175.4 bushels per acre, which was up from its October estimate of 171.8 bushels per acre. This was outside any pre-report estimates on the high side and the market responded accordingly by falling seven cents on the day. If this yield comes to fruition, it will be the largest US domestic corn yield in history. US domestic corn stocks are projected to increase to 2.49 billion bushels, a very onerous figure headed into next year.

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