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Watch the Corn Market; It's Controlling the Wheat Prices

Posted on Mar 13th, 2017 by Jennifer Hannan

The total demand for Ontario grown wheat in this province’s flour mills is roughly 560,000 tonnes. Assuming that the North American Free Trade Agreement stays intact, we can traditionally move another 400,000 tonnes into the U.S. flour mills in New York, Ohio, and Michigan. The first million tonnes of supply is consumed in the human consumption market within the Great Lakes basin, but to find demand for the other half of the crop depends on the value spread between domestic corn prices (which is the gate-keeper for local feed demand) and export demand in order to move wheat into other parts of the world.... 

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New Technology Propels Agriculture Forward

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2017 by Jennifer Hannan

New technology will change the way farmers go about their business, says University of Wisconsin biological systems specialist John Shutske. He outlines four key areas that will affect agriculture: • Computer capability. Shutske says there is a “virtual tsunami” of data now available to farmers. He sees sensors on real-world objects being able to collect valuable field and equipment data.... 

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New meat bird program offers possible full-time income from part-time work

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2017 by Jennifer Hannan

CURRAN - Kornel Schneider is used to the strange looks he gets from fellow dairymen. He pasture feeds his 100 cross-bred milking herd and plans his seasonal calving where there will be 120 calvings in May and June but none for the rest of the year. That’s why he didn’t pay much heed to the looks he got when he also started raising grass-fed chickens last year as part of the Chicken Farmers of Ontario’s artisanal chicken program. The CFO last year changed their rules to increase the number of chickens allowed to be raised without quota from 300 to 3,000.... 

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