Grain Farmers of Ontario-Dupont Young Leader Program successful candidates chosen

GUELPH, ON (September 2, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario has selected Dave Park and Christine Russell, from Lambton County, as the Canadian representatives for the 2012 American Soybean Association (ASA) and Dupont Young Leader Program.

This program offers an excellent opportunity to help train Ontario’s future farm leaders. Participants benefit from lessons in public speaking and exposure to other successful farm operations, while the greater agriculture sector will benefit from their personal enhancement.

Several applications were received, all were reviewed by committee and interviews were conducted with a short list of candidates. “We had a great group of applicants this year and were impressed to see such a keen interest from our younger members” says Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario. 

Dave and Christine farm near Sarnia with Dave’s father. They have approximately 10,500 acres of corn, soybeans, and wheat.  In addition to farming, they operate a seed business whereby they grow, process, package and store soybean seed. Avid innovators with an eye to the future, they have adopted robotics on their packaging line, creating a more ergonomic work environment, while increasing efficiencies and cutting down on labour costs. “They are ideal candidates for this program,” added Senft.

The 2012 class of Young Leaders will participate in a challenging and educational leadership experience beginning in November 2011 at the Pioneer headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, and then complete training in February 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic. 

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 Winter Wheat Performance trial results online!

GUELPH, ON (August 30, 2011) – Ontario Winter Wheat Performance Trial information is now available online at www.GoCereals.ca, a website developed by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) that features the 2011 Winter Wheat Performance trials.

This year 33 varieties were entered in the performance trials, from 10 different distributors.  The trials include winter wheat varieties from all four classes searchable both geographically and by production traits.  The complete report containing full performance trial data laid out in chart format can be downloaded and printed from the website.

“The trials conducted across Ontario act as a vital resource for Ontario farmers when selecting wheat varieties for the upcoming crop year. In addition to yield, the trials report findings on test weight, protein level, Fusarium head blight, septoria and other diseases.” says Martin Harry, chair of OCCC.

To ensure this information is widely available in a timely manner, the performance trials will be presented through a webinar hosted by the OCCC and Grain Farmers of Ontario on September 1 at 8:30 am.  Grain Farmers of Ontario manager of research and market development, Crosby Devitt, will moderate the online seminar. Members of the Ontario Cereal Crop Committee will be on camera to provide comments about the growing season and to describe the performance trials and their results.   These members include Martin Harry, OCCC Chair, Ellen Sparry, OCCC Winter Wheat Coordinator, and Peter Johnson, OMAFRA’s Provincial Cereal Specialist. Farmers and industry representatives can access the webinar live to view the discussion and send in their questions. To register for the webinar, send your name and email address to info@gfo.ca. If you aren’t able to tune in live, the recorded webinar will be available after the event on www.gfo.ca and www.gocereals.ca.

For a printed copy of the final report please call the OMAFRA Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or call the Grain Farmers of Ontario office at 1-800-265-0550. Printed copies will also be available at upcoming Grain Farmers of Ontario events, including the Grain Farmers of Ontario annual general meeting, Outdoor Farm Show and the International Plowing Match.

The Ontario Cereal Crop Performance Trials are coordinated by the Ontario Cereal Crops Committee (OCCC) and its members include representatives of farmers, seed growers, seed industry, researchers and government.  

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 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.

Grain Farmers of Ontario update wheat moisture requirements

GUELPH, ON (July 07, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is moving from a standard of 14.5% moisture to 14% in keeping with the industry standards set last year.

While 14.5% is an adequate moisture level for wheat storage in Canada; 14.0% was chosen in response to our customers requests and it is also more in-line with international standards. It’s important to note that all wheat deliveries to GFO this year must be at least 14.0% moisture to avoid incurring any drying costs.

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 landed basis (initial payment) price chart 2011 crop year

GUELPH, ON (July 07, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario announces the initial payments for the 2011 pool program. These prices are based on current market conditions and represent an estimated 65% of the final price. “GFO’s pool program allows farmer members an opportunity to diversify their marketing risk during these volatile times.” Barry Senft C.E.O Grain Farmers of Ontario. In the past 7 years, five of those have paid more to pool participants than the cash price market available at harvest.

SWW (Pool A)
Gross landed basis price
Less license fee*
Net landed basis price
$152.00
$0.97
$151.03
HRW (Pool B) Grown from certified seed (proof required)
Gross landed basis price
Less license fee*
Net landed basis price
$157.00
$0.97
$156.03
HRS (Pool C) Grown from certified seed (proof required)
Gross landed basis price

Less license fee*
Net landed basis price
$172.00
$0.97
$171.03
SRW (Pool E)
Gross landed basis price
Less license fee*
Net landed basis price
$142.00
$0.97
$141.03
Hard Red (Pool F)
Gross landed basis price
Less license fee*
Net landed basis price
$142.00
$0.97
$141.03
Feed (Pool G)
Gross landed basis price
Less license fee*
Net landed basis price
$122.00
$0.97
$121.03

Notes: 

  • Landed Basis Levels are subject to change 
  • Classes HRW & HRS (Pools B & C) – plus protein payment 
  • Discounts will apply for lower grades 
  • Prices in metric tonne 

Please refer to the variety list on our website (http://www.gfo.ca/Marketing/WheatMarketing/InitialPayments) for the varieties accepted for Pool C (HRS). All varieties not accepted in Pool C (HRS) will be considered Pool F (HR). Please remember that Grain Farmers of Ontario requires a Form 7 producer declaration for all Pool B (HRW) and Pool C (HRS) wheat.

* Effective July 1 2011 every producer of wheat shall pay to the local board licence fees at the rate of $0.87 per metric tonne plus the Grain Financial Protection Plan fee of $0.10 per metric tonne, for a total of $0.97 (includes 10 cents for Grain Financial Protection Fund) per metric tonne, in respect of all wheat marketed by the producer.

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.

OMAFRA Extension Support

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Horst Bohner

RESEARCH INSTITUTION

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

PROJECT START

July 2011

PROJECT END

September 2018

OBJECTIVES

  • Enhance soybean extension efforts in Ontario to ensure growers have access to the most up to date information. This project focuses on three main areas: Improved Information Gathering, Enhanced Extension Efforts, and Breaking Issue Support.

IMPACT

  • The development and display of demonstration and research trials provides farmers and agronomists information on production strategies that was gathered and assessed to update best management strategies in soybean production.
  • The accessibility of timely, high quality information enables producers to make informed in-season management decisions.
  • The development and printing of the Ontario Soybean Field Guide and in the development of the soybean chapter in the new Agronomy Guide is an example of how the project supported extension efforts.

SCIENTIFIC SUMMARY

Agricultural extension (technology transfer) is a key component to ensure the ongoing competitiveness and sustainability of the Ontario grain sector. Agricultural Extension has a strong history in Ontario dating back to the establishment of the Ontario School of Agriculture at Guelph in 1874. Agricultural Extension is a general term referring to the education of farmers and agronomists with respect to the application of scientific research and new knowledge to agricultural practices. The first Agricultural Representatives were hired by the Department of Agriculture in 1906. Since then there has been a strong collaborative extension effort in Ontario. Today, the rapid development of new technologies drives the need for continued extension in the province. Extension is an area which is often difficult to support financially from either direct OMAFRA or external funding sources.

This project is dedicated to improvements in Agricultural Extension and is focussed on three main areas: Improved Information Gathering, Enhanced Extension Efforts, and Breaking Issue Support. Initiatives supported with the Enhanced Extension Efforts include: Phosphorus and potassium management, double cropping soybeans, foliar fungicide timing, soybean row width strategies, etc.

Information was disseminated through the following:

  • Grower meeting presentations
  • Delivery of findings via the “Crop” suite of extension vehicles (CropLine, CropAdvances, CropReport, CropPest)
  • Web reports available at www.fieldcropnews.com
  • Video delivery of findings through www.realagriculture.com
  • Presentations available through sliderocket
  • Media interviews and articles via many print media sources (Ontario Farmer, Top Crop Manager, etc.)
  • Radio delivery through regular farm broadcasts (CFCO, CKNX)

Grain Farmers of Ontario pleased with permanent risk management program

GUELPH, ON (June 29, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased with the details that were finalized earlier this month regarding the permanent Risk Management Program and announced for Ontario’s 28,000 grain farmers by Minister Carol Mitchell today. 

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.

“We have been looking forward to the day our program was made permanent since our pilot Risk Management Program began in 2007,” says Don Kenny, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario.  “We are thankful to our Minister of Agriculture, Carol Mitchell for her hard work and dedication to Ontario’s farmers.”

Program applications for grain farmers will be available in August and the program will continue to be delivered through Agricorp.  All grain farmers are eligible for the Risk Management Program and premiums have been waived for the 2011 crop year.

Grain Farmers of Ontario would like to thank Premier McGuinty and our Ontario MPPs who recognize the value of a strong agricultural sector in this province.  

“We appreciate and look forward to having this permanent Risk Management Program for Ontario’s farmers,” says Kenny.

Details about the program are available at www.ontario.ca/rmp, by calling 1-877-424-1300, or by sending an email to rmpinfo@ontario.ca.

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 new community page and blog are live!

GUELPH, ON (June 22, 2011) – Grain Farmers of Ontario’s website has become an industry leader in providing up to the minute news, crop updates, market information, the latest agricultural research and more.

Now, the Grain Farmers of Ontario website has launched a community page at www.gfo.ca/community to create an area of interest to the general public looking for general farm news, and links to products made from corn, soy and wheat. Visitors will also find fun trivia and general grain information, book reviews and recipe sharing.

The new community page will also feature a new blog titled “Growing Grain”.  The focus of the blog will be something a little different on the Grain Farmers of Ontario website, as it documents the adventures of a city girl discovering the country and covering such topics as farm life, food, recipes and agriculture in general.

Grain Farmers of Ontario is encouraging our urban neighbours to learn more about grain farming using the community page as a starting point.  Other features of the website such as the Twitter feed and comment areas encourage those interested to engage in conversation and provide feedback on the new content.  

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.