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Grain farmers ask province to play fair on proposed seed ban

GUELPH, ON (April 27, 2015) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has written the provincial government urging them to move the consultations regarding the Regulatory Amendments to Ontario Regulation 63/09 under the Pesticides Act to Reduce the Use of Neonicotinoid Insecticides outside of the planting season for corn and soybean farmers.

“The proposed regulations amount to a ban on the product and state that close to 100% of corn farmers and 60% of soybean farmers will be impacted,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our organization represents 28,000 grain farmers across the province and most farm both of these crops in a rotation — nearly all of our farmer members will be affected.

The government has set May 7th as the final date to comment on the proposed regulations, making this only a 45 day comment period. They also intend to move forward with the regulations before July 1, 2015 — which would be a record fast decision for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change compared to similar decisions.                                                                                    

The Ministry of Agriculture acknowledges May 7th and 10th as key dates for farmers to be planting corn, and notes the first ten days of May as being critical for soybean crops.

“This is one of the busiest times of the year for grain farmers,” says Brock. “It’s unnecessary to force farmers to choose between planting Ontario’s crops or providing input to regulations that will dramatically impact their future.”

In reviewing other relevant ministry decisions, Grain Farmers of Ontario noted that the proposed seven week window between the end of comments and implementation of the regulation is ten times faster than the Ministry typically takes to consider less contentious issues that lack much engagement. Few decisions, even the non controversial, could be found to have been made in less than six months.

Examples include:

  • EBR posting 012-1394 where a policy decision (Water Supply Well - Requirements and Best Management Practices Manual) took 379 days with just two comments having been received through the EBR process.

  • EBR posting 012-1559 where a regulation decision (Reducing Coal Use In Energy-Intensive Industries) took 318 days with just 77 comments received through the EBR process.

  • EBR posting 011-8075 where a regulatory decision (Regulatory Discussion Paper under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002, to allow for the Land Application of Nutrient Feedwater in Ontario) took 614 days with just 12 comments received through the EBR process.

Ontario’s Agricorp crop insurance requires fields be planted by June 30th to be eligible for coverage. Grain Farmers of Ontario is asking the government to demonstrate good faith consideration of this issue by extending comments to this date, and removing any prejudgment on when they will implement their decision to show they are actually listening.

This request is within the spirit of the rules for the Environmental Registry consultations, which say on their own website: Some proposals may provide more time (e.g. 60 days or 90 days).’  

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.

Contact:

Mark Brock, Chair - 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

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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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