Ontario Farmers Face the Reality of Average Crops

While traveling between Guelph and Hamilton this week I saw Some good fields and some less than ideal ones but overall things looked good for corn and soybean growers in Ontario. I attended the Canadian Seed Growers meeting and had a chance to talk to several growers from across the province. It seems that the consensus is that for the majority of the province the corn yields will be quite average as everyone hopes for some significant heat units in July and August.

With the dream of last year a distant memory, farmers in Ontario are facing the possibility of some very average yields based on what farmers told me. The concern mainly lies with corn as some have even said that corn will need anti freeze to mature. Some areas are even saying rain could be a real help right now which is amazing based on the moisture that was pounded down in the province through the spring.

How are your yields in Ontario? Would you agree with the average yield statement?


Shaun Haney

Shaun Haney is the founder of RealAgriculture.com. He creates content regularly and hosts RealAg Radio on Rural Radio 147 every weekday at 4PM est. @shaunhaney


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I will be happy with “just average” corn yields this year. Some crops look sick while others look “decent”. Soybean yields will vary substantially. I would expect wheat yields to be on a high average.

Claire Cowan

I think Wayne’s hit the nail on the head. I think the key word in Ontario this year wil be “variable.” A few fiels are great, some are good and some are terrible. With such a “variable” spring, I suspect we’ll have a “variable” harvest.

Shaun Haney

It seems that as the days progress the prognosis gets worse. How desperate is the majority of the acres in Ontario for rain?


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