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April 2014 Blog Posts (6)

FCC: Where are Farmland Values Heading?

Agricultural economists are said to seldom agree on things. The outlook for farmland values provides an excellent case in point.

FCC released its annual Farmland Values Report. The national average farmland value increased 22%, the highest increase FCC has ever reported. Large profit margins for crop production and continued low interest rates have driven the recent…

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Added by OntAG Admin on April 28, 2014 at 4:05pm — No Comments

6 Attributes to Becoming a Successful Agricultural Entrepreneur

This past Thursday I had the pleasure to speak with the Quebec Farmers' Association about marketing and entrepreneurship. Although the presentation was to the QFA, I believe it is relevant to Ontario farmers just as much. Take a look and feel free to comment with any questions or comments! Thank you, Kelsey Banks.…

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Added by Kelsey Banks on April 28, 2014 at 11:13am — No Comments

Stay Safe on Your Farm and in Your Agri-Business - April 28th Day to Honour Workplace Fatalities

Agriculture is not Canada's most dangerous workplace but fatalities do occur. Remember safety first for you, your family, neighbours and co-workers:…

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Added by OntAG Admin on April 28, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Stats Canada: Planting Intentions - Record Soybeans, Less Corn in Ontario

Corn for Grain:

    Ontario farmers expect to seed 2.1 million acres of this total, down 7.0% from 2013.

Record Soybean Acreage Forecast:  

    Ontario farmers project seeding 300,000 additional acres compared with 2013, This would bring the total soybean acres to approx. 2.72 million acres. Producers in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan all plan to seed record levels in 2014.

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Statistics Canada's March 31,…

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Added by OntAG Admin on April 24, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FCC Farmland Values Report - Ontario

Ontario farmland values increased an average of 15.9% in 2013, following gains of 30.1% in 2012 and 14.3% in 2011. Much of this increase occurred in the first half of the year. Average farmland values in the province have continued to rise for 25 years.



The province saw a mix of transaction types, including land sales through real estate brokers, property auctions and the tender process. Ongoing low interest rates contributed to the market activity.In some areas of southern…

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Added by OntAG Admin on April 14, 2014 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

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ONTARIO FIELD CROP REPORT – May 17, 2018

Field activity continues in full gear as soils become fit for fieldwork. Many areas received some rainfall over the weekend, with areas of Kent and Essex catching heavier bands of rain that left over 100 mm in a few locations. As it happens every year a few areas of the province have nearly completed planting, while areas with heavier soils wait for decent planting conditions to occur. Fields that were planted to cover crops last fall - both fall and spring terminated - have required more tillage than fields without cover. A mat of residue kept soils wet and cold and delayed planting in those fields.

Ag industry steps up to support farmer mental health

In government, academia, industry – and indeed in the field itself – problems that have long been hidden or dismissed are starting to see the light of day. These efforts follow a University of Guelph study in 2015-2016 of more than 1,000 participants that revealed nearly 60 per cent met the classification for anxiety, 45 per cent for high stress and 35 per cent for depression.

Ontarians favour land-sharing policies

People in Ontario may have changed their preferences on formal agri-environmental land use policies.

Winchester Agribusiness Breakfast Meeting Minutes – May 15, 2018

The weather in the past week has being great for planting. Crop heat unit accumulation from the 1st of May are about 200 as of the 15th of May as compared to the normal of 150 (Ottawa airport). Some areas had a light frosts this past Friday and Saturday. Where the fields were left uneven last fall, the soils are working up lumpy requiring more secondary tillage. Smoother fields were fine with a shallow, light working.

Cereal leaf beetle activity on the horizon

There have been many reports of cereal leaf beetle adult activity over the last few weeks. Adults do some feeding but also lay eggs that give rise to the real issue – cereal leaf beetle larvae. Eggs will be hatching within the next week or so. With daily growing degree days accumulating more quickly than usual, the populations and feeding activity could catch us off guard. A few locations tend to experience a higher frequency of infestations including fields near Dresden, Bolton, Stayner, Seaforth, and Clinton but reports from other locations with significant adult activity have come in this year. Stay vigilant and monitor fields over the next three weeks in particular.

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