Month: October 2011

Corn School – Ontario Farmers Comment On Corn Yields

Corn harvest is underway for most of Ontario and farmers are starting to get a rough estimate of what their corn will yield. For those producers not waiting on the rain, half a day in the combine can give you an idea of the size and quality of your crop. This week on the Corn… Read more »

Henry Vos: Why I Stepped Down From the CWB Board of Directors

This week Henry Vos resigned from the Canadian Wheat Board for several reasons.  I talked to him this morning so that he can get his reasons in the open and in the clear.  Whether you agree with Henry’s decision to resign, it is very visible that Henry feels strongly about his reasons and what is… Read more »

Dairies are Different than the CWB Single Desk Issue

Now that it looks like the Canadian Wheat Board’s single desk is about to be extinguished, it seems that the main stream media has turned its focus to the Canadian Dairy industry.  Is the CWB situation the same as the supply mananged dairy industry?  Should the Canadian dairy industry be in Gerry Ritz’s cross hairs next? … Read more »

Beef Market Update – U.S. Cattle on Feed Report Provides Insight Into the Hot Feeder Market

The USDA October Cattle on Feed Report came out late last week with one number in particular well above U.S. analysts estimates. The October 1st on-feed inventory was roughly a percent above estimates, re-establishing the impact the drought in key cattle producing parts of the U.S. is having on the regular flow of cattle. The… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: Here Comes the Deep Freeze For Western Canada?

Winter. We all know it’s coming, but it’s the waiting that really gets you. This is the time of year when you can’t make any definitive plans based on the weather because everything is just so uncertain in this time between seasons. So when will this winter get started, and what should we be looking… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: High Probability of a Wet November For Ontario

The effects of periodic rain during summer harvest can range from inconvenient to extremely disruptive depending on the amount. That effect grows exponentially when rain comes at this time of year. It just takes that much longer for fields to dry out in this cold. It’s a fact that is weighing on the minds of… Read more »

Farmers to Benefit From AGT Durum Plant

The announcement of the building of the AGT durum processing plant in the Regina area is welcome news for producers in that area. Strangely enough, it’s also news that’s stirred up some controversy. Some proponents of the single desk call it a fallacy and a ploy, while some on the other side call it an… Read more »

Harvest from a Helicopter

With harvest 2011 almost complete across the country except for the Eastern corn, everyone is getting ready for winter.  Farmers never seem to take enough pictures of their hard work through the growing season.  The growing season presents challenges but no time brings a farm more together than harvest.   Harvest is harvest is about hard… Read more »

Beef Market Update: AB & SK Cattle on Feed Report and Trade InBalance

The Alberta & Saskatchewan Cattle on Feed report came out last week and a number of over arching themes emerged. The small herd numbers are evident when we take a look at feed yard placement numbers and heifer retention. The strong calf prices seem to be driving that heifer retention as ranchers consider replentishing the… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Two Things Farmers Need To Look Out For

For farmers in the West finished harvest, there is a tendency to sit back and breathe a big sigh of relief and rightly so. However, as any farmer who’s had a bin full of grain go bad can tell you, it’s not a time to sit back and forget about that crop. Monitoring and conditioning… Read more »

John Depape Comments on the New CWB Bill Presented in Parliament

Yesterday the Federal Conservatives released the new CWB bill which for the first time outlines it’s intentions for the CWB in a non-single desk world.   The Act includes everything from the repeal of the old act to the dissolving of the current Board of Directors including the release of Chairman Alan Oberg.  We discussed this… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: Will the End of October Bring More Rain?

Patience is being tested in farmers living in Southern Ontario as the wrap up for soybean harvest for some and the beginning of corn harvest for others has been prolonged by some wet weather. It doesn’t look as though relief is going to come in the immediate future either. This week on the RealWeatherWatch we… Read more »

Just Be Happy About the AGT Plant Build

This week Alliance Grain Traders (AGT) announced that they are building a durum processing plant in Regina.  This is a great story for Western Canadian growers as it creates jobs, moves more grain processing into Canada and allows for future growth of the industry. Of course the Canadian Wheat Board rhetoric had to hijack the… Read more »

Talking to Farmers: What Will Your Corn Yields In Your Area Be?

The Canadian corn harvest is barely underway and it’s time to put some reputations on the line. Back in early September we asked some farmers at the Outdoor Farm Show what they thought corn yields would be like in their area. A great deal of producers got their corn in later than usual because of… Read more »