Larry Reynolds, left, and Lloyd Crowe were the first users to make a sale of corn using Grain Discovery’s system.

Ontario farmers make first blockchain system corn sale

An Ontario startup company facilitated the trade of high-DON corn

Some Ontario farmers have used a new grain sales system to sell some of their corn high in DON. Prince Edward County farmers Larry Reynolds and Lloyd Crowe used the Grain Discovery platform to find a new local buyer, confirm the trade and receive payment instantly. Grain Discovery says this is the first corn trade […] Read more

Corn infected with deoxynivalenol (DON) was more widespread than usual this year in Ontario’s crop.

Corn hybrid testing for DON needs industry support

There is currently no screening program for susceptibility to DON for corn in Ontario

Farmers continue to search for better ways to manage risk of an outbreak of deoxynivalenol (DON) in future corn crops. One of the areas of most interest is figuring out which corn hybrids are most susceptible to infection. There is currently no screening program for vomitoxin in corn hybrids in Ontario. Why it matters: Finding […] Read more

Aaron Fowler, Canada’s chief agriculture trade negotiator.

Canadian negotiator said CUSMA deal had to be done

The Canadian negotiators received pressure to end supply management until late in the negotiations

Canadian agriculture negotiators were dealing with proposals from the United States that would end supply management into September, 2018, not long before the deal was eventually completed at the end of September. That goes against the assurances of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue while visiting Canada last summer that the Americans didn’t want an end […] Read more

Deep discount questions

Ontario farmers took deeper discounts on moldy corn than farmers elsewhere in 2018. The question is, why?

Ontario corn farmers faced deep discounts on corn infected by deoxynivalenol (DON) in 2018, exposing their vulnerability in a market dominated by domestic users. While farmers in this province usually see attractive basis levels due to strong domestic demand for corn from the ethanol processors and livestock sector, neither market is keen on taking diseased […] Read more

Doug Griffiths consults with rural communities across North America

13 ways to kill your… farm

Observations about rural communities could also apply to farms

Doug Griffiths has spent a lot of time looking at rural communities and he’s come up with 13 things that communities do to themselves to lose business, momentum and size. Griffiths spoke at the recent Ontario Federation of Agriculture annual meeting. His 13 points could apply to farms just about as well as rural communities. […] Read more

Lee Moats was a farmer representative on a federal government panel on agriculture sector growth.

Setting the table for agri-food growth

Government and industry have roles to play in order to meet aggressive sector export goals

Does Canadian agriculture need an Own the Podium strategy? The Economic Strategy Table on Agri-Food thinks it’s an idea to examine. Lee Moats, a Riceton, Sask., farmer who was part of the economic strategy process for agriculture, says the idea of focusing resources where they can have largest impact makes sense to reach the lofty […] Read more

Jack Bobo has communicated to the public about agriculture technology from within government and industry.

Sorting through science and food messaging

The challenges agriculture has in the acceptance of new technology by the public is a function of resistance to change

In many ways this is the best time in history for the production and safety of food. There are fewer greenhouse gases produced per bushel of corn, with significantly less erosion and half the water of 30 years ago, says Jack Bobo, vice-president of global policy and government affairs for Intrexon, the company that owns […] Read more

Editorial: New chicken plant a needed investment

The contrast between the announcement of the closure of the General Motors auto plant in Oshawa, and the launch of the new Maple Leaf Food poultry processing plant couldn’t be more stark. It’s a difference between a sector being disrupted and in decline, and one that continues to grow and draw investment. Mark Brock, past […] Read more

Wheat has lagged in speed of development compared to other crops. That could change now that the genome has been sequenced.

Wheat’s bigger future

New genetic tools are emerging after the sequencing of the wheat genome

The sequencing of the wheat genome means researchers will finally have access to genetic tools to help with wheat development — an advantage other crops have had for years. It should also mean that Ontario growers will see quicker-developed varieties with traits like fusarium head blight resistance. Wheat’s genome was finally sequenced earlier this year […] Read more