Grain Farmers of Ontario launches online RMP calculator

GUELPH, ON (August 16, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is once again launching an online Risk Management Program calculator to coincide with the release of the 2011 program applications, mailed the first week of August by Agricorp.

The changes in the 2011 RMP calculator reflect the recent program details announced for the first year of the permanent program namely; premiums are set to zero for the 2011 program year and the coverage level is fixed to 100% for the first year of the program.  Due to the timing of the release of the RMP calculator, before pre-harvest payment information is known, pre- and post-harvest prices are estimated with ranges built into the calculator for farmers to use to adjust prices based on their own price predictions. The calculator will be updated with actual pre- and post- harvest price information when they are available.

“This online calculator is a great resource for farmers interested in running different marketing scenarios using the actual numbers from the Risk Management Program,” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “With no premium required for 2011 and 100 percent coverage for the provincial portion of the program, we hope for a high participation rate this year.”

Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased with the details that were finalized regarding the permanent Risk Management Program and announced for Ontario’s 28,000 grain farmers by Minister Carol Mitchell. The program was designed by farmers for farmers to insure their businesses against risk factors out of their control like commodity price volatility, currency fluctuations and unexpected input cost increases.

The RMP calculator is available on the Grain Farmers of Ontario website at www.gfo.ca/rmp

If you have any additional questions about the details of the permanent Risk Management Program there are three ways to get answers:

  • For questions regarding the application process, deadlines or program details contact Agricorp at 1-877-257-1380.
  • For questions about the design of the program, future considerations or any other general questions about the program contact Erin Fletcher at Grain Farmers of Ontario at efletcher@gfo.ca or 519-767-4137.
  • This program is offered through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  Information about the program can be found on their website at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/about/rmp/rmpgrain.htm.

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.

Research yields new soybean varieties

GUELPH, ON (August 12, 2011) – New genetics are becoming available to soybean farmers as a result of the success of a new public breeding program supported by Grain Farmers of Ontario.

The “Advanced Canadian Field Crops through Breeding” project began in April 2010 and will continue through till March 2013. This project is managed by the newly created Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA), which GFO is a founding member.

“Building on previous investments by Grain Farmers of Ontario and the members of the CFCRA, the Canadian soybean breeding programs have been very active and the impacts are already being seen in the industry and at the farm level,” says Alison Walden-Coleman, research projects manager with CFCRA. “This year has been very successful with 10 new varieties being released to the market,” she continues.

These 10 varieties are currently licensed to industry seed companies and several have already been made commercially available to farmers.

The CFCRA is an alliance of provincial farm organizations and industry partners. In partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada through the Developing Innovative Agri-Products program, $5.7 million is being invested over three years for the project.

The project will improve crop genetics and develop new varieties tailored to meet the needs of the marketplace. Farmers from Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes have come together to ensure that farmers have access to globally competitive varieties for years to come.

The successful introduction of new soybean varieties is just the first triumph to come out of this project and Grain Farmers of Ontario is looking forward to seeing more results in the six crops the project covers over the next few years. In addition to soybeans, this project is investing funds in breeding efforts in corn, winter wheat, spring wheat, oats and barley.

For more details on Ontario soybean varieties, visit www.gosoy.ca.

For more information about these projects, visit www.gfo.ca/research.

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 annual harvest survey begins

GUELPH, ON (August 5, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is once again conducting the annual wheat harvest survey that will provide our buyers with qualitative data from the 2011 wheat harvest.  Results to date show good test weights and solid grade #2 wheat and milling and baking tests have begun on the first half of the crop.

For the Grain Farmers of Ontario, having the quality of wheat that buyers are looking for is essential to maintaining the domestic and international reputation of our wheat and the profitable success of our farmer members.  An annual survey allows for our customers to compare this year’s wheat quality to years past and adjust their grist to ensure a seamless transition between crop years.

“The result of the quality inspection is a snapshot of the quality of Ontario’s wheat that we make available to everyone in the industry,” says Mike Reimer Ontario Wheat Technologist with the Canadian International Grains Institute (CIGI).

The Harvest Survey is conducted each year at this time right across the province in order to understand the overall quality of the year’s Ontario wheat crop and identify points of regional differentiation. Harvest samples are collected from participating grain elevators and terminals throughout the harvest season. As grains are delivered, 1kg sample bags are taken and labeled with the variety of wheat and where it is grown then graded by the Canadian Grain Commission. The grain is then sent for milling followed by a flour quality inspection by the Canadian International Grains Institute in Winnipeg, MB.

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.