14 new elevators added to Grain Farmers of Ontario’s SellSmart app

GUELPH, ON (December 9, 2011) – Elevators in 14 new locations across Ontario have been added to Grain Farmers of Ontario’s SellSmart app to make a total of 41 locations with pricing available through mobile devices.

SellSmart is a custom app for iPhone and BlackBerry users designed to put local price information at farmers’ fingertips. The price data for corn, soybeans and wheat from the Chicago Board of Trade is adjusted with basis information from local elevators across the province and provided on a 10 minute delay. 

With the 14 new elevator locations added to this app, more farmers can now find their local elevator information to view, compare and receive alerts on commodity prices. 

New locations include:

  1. Aylmer
  2. Ayr
  3. Beeton
  4. Chesterville
  5. Collingwood
  6. Grand Valley
  7. Guelph
  8. Meaford
  9. Mitchell
  10. Port Hope
  11. Sunderland
  12. Tavistock
  13. Woodstock
  14. Wyoming

In addition to these new locations, the app has also been updated to be compatible with new BB7 devices.

The SellSmart app is available for free in the BlackBerry App World and the Apple App Store.

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.

Winter wheat yield challenge and soybean yield challenge results

Top Yields Revealed at Banquet Today in Ingersoll

GUELPH, ON (December 8, 2011) – Top yielding Ontario farmers were rewarded today at a banquet in Ingersoll. The event was the culmination of two contests: the Winter Wheat Yield Challenge and the Soybean Yield Challenge. Entrants submitted their best fields to compete against their peers and those with the highest yields were rewarded with great prizes.

This was the first year of the Winter Wheat Challenge and the winners definitely deserve their prizes.

  • First Place, winning $1500: Lloyd Crowe of Picton, 150 bushels/acre with 25R56
  • Second Place, winning $750: Zilke Farms of Woodstock, 140.8 bushels/acre with 25R39

The Soybean Yield Challenge was separated into two divisions: an IP division sponsored by DuPont and a non-IP division brought to you by Genuity. Within each division, entrants were separated into three zones based on crop heat units.


Zone 1 (2700 CHU and under)

Non-IP Division

1st Place: Ronald Rody, Moorefield, Dekalb 26-11RY, 57.8 bushels /acre

IP Division

1st Place: Jon Bakker, Frankford, S05-T6, 74.0 bushels /acre

2nd PlaceSchouten Corner View Farms, Richmond, S03-W4, 73.7 bushels /acre

Zone 2 (2725 to 3000 CHU)

Non-IP Division

1st PlaceGeorge Ennis, Winchester, Titanium, 80.2 bushels /acre

2nd PlaceR&J Fraser Farms Ltd, Ottawa, 91Y90, 68.5 bushels /acre

IP Division

1st Place: Ceresmore Farms, Bowmanville, Colby, 69.7 bushels /acre

2nd Place: Justin Dorland, Brighton, 91M01, 64.1 bushels /acre

Zone 3

Non-IP division

1st PlaceSimard Bros Inc., Oldcastle, 92Y80, 72.9 bushels /acre

2nd Place: Robert Devolder, Dover Centre, 32-60RY, 67.9 bushels /acre


The two Grand Prize winners: George Ennis and Jon Bakker, each received a trip for two to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky! All winners and runners up received admission to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and a local farm show of their choice. Winners in each division and each zone went home with a cash prize of $10 x their yield in bushels. 

The production challenges would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors. The Winter Wheat Challenge was sponsored by Bayer CropScience, Hyland Seeds and C&M Seeds. For the Soybean Yield Challenge, the prizes for the IP division were provided by DuPont, the prizes for the non-IP division were sponsored by Genuity and the banquet received generous assistance from Pioneer Hi-Bred Ltd. Also providing support for the soybean challenge at the Gold Sponsorship level were Dekalb, Hyland Seeds, Maizex, Mycogen and NK Seeds and at the silver level were Country Farm Seeds and SeCan.

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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario deferred payment regulations

GUELPH, ON (November 21, 2011) – As the 2011 crop year comes to a conclusion and many grain farmers are considering whether to defer crop payments, Grain Farmers of Ontario has produced an information sheet on the changes to the Grains Act made in December 2010.

In summary, there are several things to keep in mind when entering into deferred payment agreements:

  • The deferred payment must be voluntary, and agreed to by both the grain dealer/elevator operator and the farmer/owner.
  • The deferred payment must be in writing and clearly set out when the dealer/elevator must pay the farmer/owner.
  • All deferred payments must be paid in full on or before July 1, 2012.

“The current amendments to the Grains Act are in place until July 1, 2012,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “Our organization is working alongside the Ontario Agri-Business Association and with government and Agricorp to ensure a permanent decision on deferred payments is in place on or before July 1, 2012.”

To see complete details on the Deferred Payment Regulations or to view the Grains Act please visit www.gfo.ca/governmentrelations and follow the links provided.  Grain Farmers of Ontario will continue to update members on our website as information becomes available.

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.