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2018 Open Call for Research Proposals

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GUELPH, ON (September 1, 2017) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has released its call for research proposals for funding in 2018. Investment in research is a long-term strategic initiative of Grain Farmers of Ontario. In the 2016-2017 year, Grain Farmers of Ontario supported 68 research projects across the province.

“Grain Farmers of Ontario is proud to provide funding for research projects that address the present and future needs of our farmer-members,” says Dr. Josh Cowan, Manager of Research and Innovation, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Last year, Grain Farmers of Ontario invested $1.7 million into new and ongoing research projects with every $1 invested by the organization being matched with $3.45 from government and industry funding sources, which is a total value of $7.6 million.”

The 2018 call for research proposals will target projects addressing four priority research areas: Agronomy and Production; Weed, Disease & Insect Pests; Breeding & Genetics, and Crop Utilization & Quality. There is an emphasis this year on pesticide resistance management and coping with breakdown of resistance, and the management of grain corn ear mould incidence and reducing the occurrence of vomitoxin (DON).

“We look forward to seeing what research projects come forward this year,” says Dr. Cowan. “These research projects create value for our farmer-members and their cropping systems.”

To help prospective researchers properly complete their 2018 Research Proposals, Grain Farmers of Ontario will be hosting an Information Session through videoconference on Wednesday, October 4th at 1:30PM EST. More specific details will be shared closer to the date.

Interested researchers must submit the application form found at gfo.ca/research.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. EST on November 24, 2017. Should researchers have any questions, they are encouraged to contact Grain Farmers of Ontario to discuss their research proposals — contact Natalie DiMeo at ndimeo@gfo.ca or 519-767-4138.

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, 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:

Dr. Josh Cowan, Manager, Research and Innovation - 519-993-7692; joshcowan@gfo.ca

Natalie DiMeo, Research Coordinator – 519 767-4138; ndimeo@gfo.ca

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Grain Market Commentary for October 12, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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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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