“It’s not only about working with NPK, it’s working smartly around plant nutrition.”

Soil health products part of new entrant’s offering

Fertilizer stabilizers among products coming from Timac Agro

Reading Time: 2 minutes A French company is bringing its unique model and crop technology to Ontario. Timac Agro Canada, a division of international agriculture company The Roullier Group, offers fertilizer products, especially stabilizers and treatments than can help with nutrient efficiency in soils. The company started in France when the founder discovered that there were opportunities to use […] Read more

Soybean prices rise due to South American uncertainty

Ontario corn yield was down almost eight bushels per acre in 2019

Reading Time: 5 minutes Statistics Canada’s November crop survey released on Dec. 6 was considered neutral to bullish for Ontario corn, soybean and wheat markets. Production for all three crops came in below year-ago levels and below prior estimates. Quick look Soybeans: Ontario soybean production declined by five million tonnes in 2019. Corn: Total Ontario corn production was only […] Read more

Darci Vetter says American policy is harsh on farmers there.

American trade policy remaking world economy

Many parts of it will be detrimental to American trade over the long term, says former negotiator

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are several ways the United States is losing by focusing on a nationalist trade agenda and balancing trade in every way, says a former U.S. chief agriculture trade negotiator. Darci Vetter, who is now vice chair, Agriculture, Food and Trade with Edelman, told the recent Arrell Food Summit that that’s borne out in the […] Read more

Farm acquisitions can be more challenging tax-wise than succession plans.

Accessing Ontario’s small business tax rate

Both passive and active income can change your tax rate, which can be a surprise for some farms

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farms are typically small businesses entitled to the small business tax rate each year. But farm finance experts say even relatively small farms can lose access to small business tax rates through several means. Why it matters: Under current rules, even small farms can lose access to small business tax rate in some circumstances. As […] Read more

Cattle and pasture help to sequester carbon.

Taking the sustainability discussion to the city

An event in Toronto’s centre emphasized the complexity of farm ecosystems

Reading Time: 4 minutes Farm and Food Care has taken urban dieticians and food influencers out to farms across the province with its annual bus tours. The organization recently went the other direction to the centre of the city, hosting an agriculture sustainability discussion at the Royal Ontario Museum that challenged conventional urban wisdom about beef production. Why it […] Read more

When recently elected Argentine Vice-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was previously president, her export tax policies prompted farmers to ignore “basic agronomy” and plant six times as many soybean acres as corn.

Argentinian politics may prompt soybean glut

Politics will continue to play a major role in grain markets in 2019-20 and this time some effect will come from Argentina

Reading Time: 2 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – Argentina’s recent election results could have a profound impact on corn, soybean and wheat markets, said an analyst who closely follows South America’s grain and oilseed sector. Incumbent Mauricio Macri is on his way out, and the new president will be Alberto Fernandez. Not much is known about Fernandez, who was a […] Read more

Processing tomato and carrot growers will have the option to negotiate directly with processors.

Direct negotiations coming to processing tomatoes and carrots

Growers can also vote to negotiate as a group by secret ballot with individual processors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario is opening up the processing tomato and carrot market to direct negotiations with processors, but is also leaving open the possibility of collective negotiation with individual processors. Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a letter Dec. 11 informing growers of the decision. Why it matters: The decision will reduce […] Read more

Sustainable agriculture organization expands to Canada

Field to Market brings together nearly 140 member organizations

Reading Time: < 1 minute Field to Market, an organization dedicated to sustainable agriculture, recently announced its expansion into Canada. Stakeholders have access to a streamlined approach to conduct continuous improvement projects, strengthening the ability for companies to meet their sustainable sourcing objectives and science-based targets. Field to Market brings together nearly 140 member organizations. It has developed a science-driven […] Read more

Slowly but surely corn is getting harvested in Ontario.

Ontario winter wheat acres likely to hit one million

Soybean exports look to be increasing from Canada

Reading Time: 5 minutes As of Nov. 19, we estimate that Ontario farmers have harvested 93 per cent of soybeans and 50 to 60 per cent of corn. It’s hard to assess the corn progress given the recent weather. Ontario received 150 to 200 per cent of normal precipitation over the past 30 days. Many farmers are coming to […] Read more

The Smithfield Foods processing plant in Smithfeld,Virginia, in 2017.

Smithfield looks through whole supply chain to limit carbon impact

Manure remains the largest impact on carbon for the worldwide swine production company

Reading Time: 3 minutes Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest producer and processor of hogs, has a significant plan to reduce carbon emissions from its operations. The company has set a goal of reducing its carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2025 in its United States operations. Why it matters: Farmers are increasingly under pressure to reduce carbon emissions. […] Read more