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Agrimarketing : September 2012
18 Agri Marketing September 2012 ONTARIO CROPS OUTLOOK Ralph Pearce, Production Editor, Country Guide (East) To say that "talk about the weather this growing season has dominated the industry" is a bit of an under- statement. The drought in 2012 has provided daily cause-and-effect stories in the Farm Press and even some fodder for the mainstream media. If there's any good news, it's that conditions in much of Eastern Canada have been moderately better, although there are fields of corn and forages that not going to yield anywhere near "normal." Looking ahead, there's talk that the 2013 corn crop in the U.S. could reach the 100 million-acre mark, but that may be too optimistic. Some seed companies are seeing uneven pollination of their seed corn crops, some of which are grown under irrigation in parts of the drought- stricken U.S. Midwest. Add to that the notion that dry conditions have "emptied the warehouses these past two years." And a quick fix is unlikely since forecasts of an approaching El Niño diminished in July, raising the prospect of continuing dryness. In the midst of these challenges is the potential for shifting management practices. The provincial ministry has been advocating a shift in tillage practices away from plowing, in order to manage crop residues and promote better long-term soil health. But one crop advisor suggests farmers may be changing their long-term management plans to take advantage of high prices. Management practices are changing every three to five years, he reasoned, and with land prices continuing their upward track, farmers are facing a difficult choice of maximizing yields versus managing residues or promoting soil health (and there are many individuals who are willing to argue either side). The bottom line for row crop agriculture is to produce more; how farmers --- in Ontario or across the continent -will get there is a growing subject of debate. BEST OF CAMA 2012 IMPORTANT DATES: Entry deadline: Sept 20 Agri-Marketer of the Year submission deadline: Sept 20 Book hotel rooms at the Delta Bessborough: Oct 15 For more information, www.bestofcama.com. ONTARIO UPDATE The Ontario Chapter Annual Golf and General meeting was held on June 26 in Guelph, ON. NEW ON CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2012-2013 President --- Diane Kleer, Annex Business Media Past-President --- Andrew Bawden, Farms.com Director --- Jen Christie, John Deere Director -- Chris Jones, NewEra Grafix Inc Director --- Brian Klassen, Bark Communications Director --- Kevin Lord, Ontario Farmer Publications Director --- Beth McFadden, Hyland Seeds Director --- Stefanie Nagelschmitz, Canada's Outdoor Farm Show Director --- Kate Mercer, Syngenta Canada, Inc Director --- Jim Snyder, BDO Canada LLP For more information about CAMA, visit www.cama.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. AM Congratulations to the winning golf team. (L to R) Dana Worden, Robin Valariote, Chris Jones and Brad Garlough. UPCOMING EVENTS November 15, 2012 Best of CAMA, Saskatoon, SK CAMA UPDATE ONTARIO NEWS
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