McGuinty makes RMP permanent

GUELPH, ON (March 29, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is enthusiastic and pleased with the commitment the McGuinty government has made to Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers with the inclusion of a permanent risk management program (RMP) in the budget.

RMP is a cost-shared, insurance program that provides stability to farmers when grain markets are volatile. 

“The RMP model has been piloted for four years and has shown great value for grain farmers,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We appreciate the efforts and support of Premier Dalton McGuinty and Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell in protecting the viability of our 28,000 members’ farms.”

The decision to make RMP permanent demonstrates the government’s long-term dedication to Ontario’s food supply and rural communities.

“Ontario’s grain farmers should celebrate today’s news,” continues Kenny. “The leadership shown today by the McGuinty government sets a new standard in the province and ensures the sustainability of our family farms.”

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.

2011 Soybean Yield Challenge launched at Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic

LONDON, ON (MARCH 21, 2011) – With over 400 farmers present, Don Kenny, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario announced the start of the 2011 Soybean Yield Challenge. Farmers were invited to pick up their registration cards and try their hand at the prizes.

“It’s a great competition and farmers are definitely excited about it this year,” says Kenny. “It’s a really great opportunity to recognize Ontario’s elite growers and to give everyone a chance to learn from one another.”

This year’s challenge is slightly different from last year as it is split into two divisions – an IP division and a non-IP division.

“IP and non-IP soybeans require different management practices and we wanted to recognize those differences within the challenges,” says Crosby Devitt, manager of research and market development at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The new divisions also allow us to hand out more prizes, which is always fun.”

The challenge is still separated into heat unit zones and winners will be chosen in each zone within each division. Two grand prizes will be awarded to the IP farmer and the non-IP farmer with the highest yield. Both farmers will win a trip for two to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Winners in each zone in each division will win a cash prize of their yield multiplied by their bushels per acre. Runners up in each zone will win admission to Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show and their local farm show – London, Ottawa or Toronto.

The IP prizes are made possible by DuPont and the non-IP prizes are made possible by Monsanto.

Farmers can collect registration cards from Grain Farmers of Ontario or the industry sponsors of the competition: Monsanto, DuPont, Pioneer Hi-Bred, Hyland Seeds, Syngenta Seeds, Mycogen Seeds, Dekalb, Maizex Seeds, Country Farm Seeds and SeCan.

Challenge information, including rules and a downloadable registration card is also available at www.gfo.ca/soybeanyieldchallenge.

The deadline to register is July 29, 2011.

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.

Wheat challenges highlighted at Grain Farmers of Ontario March Classic

LONDON, ON (MARCH 21, 2011) – Excitement was building about the upcoming crop year as Grain Farmers of Ontario launched the 2011 Spring Wheat Challenge and highlighted the 2011 Winter Wheat Challenge at the March Classic.

The two challenges are part of Grain Farmers of Ontario’s suite of production challenges which aim to recognize the elite farmers of Ontario while providing an important venue for discussion of production practices that lead to high yields and good quality crops.

“Ontario has excellent wheat growers and it’s important we celebrate that,” says Don Kenny, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “They are friendly competitions that all wheat farmers should consider. Even if you don’t think you’re going to win, it’s a great way to learn about what you’re neighbours and friends are doing to achieve those high yields,” he continues.

The 2011 Spring Wheat Challenge comes on the heels of the successful inaugural year of the competition. The average yield for last year’s registrants was 71.9 bushels per acre, a whopping 36 percent higher than the provincial average for the year.

2011 is the first year of the Winter Wheat Challenge. “Many farmers have been thinking about their winning strategies since the fall when the challenge was announced at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show,” says Crosby Devitt, manager of research and market development at Grain Farmers of Ontario. “But if early scouting is telling you that your crop is in good shape, you should definitely register for the challenge,” he continues.

In both challenges, the first place winner will take home a $1,500 prize with the second highest yield being awarded $750. The third place winner will receive $500.

The challenges are open to all spring and winter wheat growers in the province and all legal production practices are permitted. Certified seed must be used and the wheat must be graded at milling quality, either grade 1, 2 or 3.

Both challenges are made possible by generous support from Bayer CropScience, C&M Seeds and Hyland Seeds.

Farmers can collect registration cards from Grain Farmers of Ontario or our industry sponsors. Challenge information including rules and a downloadable registration card is also available at www.gfo.ca/springwheatchallenge and www.gfo.ca/winterwheatchallenge.

The deadline to register for the Spring Wheat Challenge is June 30, 2011 and the deadline to register for the Winter Wheat Challenge is May 2, 2011.

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.