Developing oats that are higher yielding and disease resistant for eastern Canada are one of the areas to be managed by Grain Farmers of Ontario. Corn and soybean improvements are also a focus.

National research to address common grain issues

Provinces collaborate to leverage research dollars and expertise for greater impact

Approximately $14 million has been allocated by the federal government and industry partners to a cross-province grain research cluster, with the intention of developing more productive — and more resilient — grain varieties for Canadian farmers. Industry representatives say the investment, as well as funding commitments from organizations within the grains sector, are important for […] Read more

Farmers have been challenged by an inability to market lower-quality corn after last year’s harvest.

Loan program gets extension, funding boost

Changes made to the Commodity Loan Program to help deal with DON-infected corn financial challenges

Changes to the Commodity Loan Program (CLP) have been made to help farmers dealing with extreme harvest issues across the province. Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) asked for an extension back in November to assist farmers across the province managing challenges with corn crop quality this year. Why it matters: The CLP changes will help […] 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

Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Province aims to strengthen farmer input with new committee

The heads of farmer, processor and agribusiness associations will be vice chairs of the committee

The Ontario government has released details on the structure and operations of its new agriculture advisory committee. The task force, first announced in November, is intended to strengthen the competitiveness of the province’s agriculture sector while working with industry on farm issues, the initiative was greeted with praise by Grain Farmers of Ontario. Why it […] Read more

Two strategies aim to increase investment in wheat and breeding.

Can royalties grow investment in cereal breeding?

Proposals would mean levies on the use of cereal seed

In an effort to increase private-sector investment in cereals research, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have tabled two possible strategies designed to promote better returns for plant breeders. Private-sector investment in wheat and barley remains low in comparison to higher value crops such as corn, soybeans, and canola. Why it […] Read more

There remains a significant amount of DON-infected corn in fields in Ontario.

Governments promise help for farmers with DON-infected corn

There are few details yet for the federal-provincial program

The federal and provincial governments have announced steps to help Ontario corn farmers hit by high deoxynivalenol (DON), in their crop through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Why it matters: Corn farmers in Ontario are continuing to try to get their corn harvested, while dealing with serious quality issues that depending on geography and local buyers, […] Read more

A lot of corn remains in Ontario fields, now much covered by snow.

DON-infected corn storage and ethanol trials proposed

A meeting of the grain sector last week has yielded some guidance for farmers

Here’s the latest news on the managing of the DON-infected corn crop. Get the good corn off: Minister Hardeman Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman said the main message from his recent meeting of the industry is to get the good quality corn harvested. Leave the DON-infected corn in the field […] Read more

Markus Haerle, chair of the Grain Farmers of Ontario board of directors.

GFO letter addresses corn quality situation

Editor’s note: Grain Farmers of Ontario has issued an open letter to its members addressing some of the challenges with DON-infected corn in Ontario and frustrations boiling to the surface from some farmers. Here’s what it says: An open letter to our GFO farmer-members We are facing one of the most severe outbreaks of DON […] Read more

Grains, hog farmers praise trade deal

Farmers outside of supply managed commodities are praising the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement to modernize NAFTA. Stability of markets is important for trading commodities and a completed North American trade deal will help remove concerns about potential change in the market. “This agreement ensures that the existing strong trade relationship between Canada, the U.S. and […] Read more

Ontario farm groups offer government ideas on coping with market and production disruptions

Commodity groups are pleased the federal government is reviewing farm business risk management programs (BRMPs) but they worry the process will stop short of fixing major flaws.

Farm leaders say the ongoing review can’t simply reinforce the status quo and there needs to be more consideration given to recent American-driven trade battles, which pose barriers to implementing more effective programming. Why it matters: Current federal BRMP programs continue to be scrutinized across commodities for providing inadequate coverage for farmers. Ideal programs would provide […] Read more