ONTARIO GRAIN FARMER
of these events is not nearly as frequently
significant as you might be lead to believe
by reading the news.
Instead, be aware of the position your local
buyers are in. Get creative about your selling
arrangements and capture the opportunity
that’s out there if you’re willing to look a
little closer to home.
Jeff Robinson is a grain merchandiser for
Woodrill Farms Ltd.
Easy as it is to get in the habit of not planting small grains
when nobody’s offering an incentive, now that the incentive is
there, you should evaluate your selling options wisely.
then, we would have to feed that surplus one
mouth at a time basically. But Ontario’s export
capabilities have ballooned now, and we’re
not exactly doomed to the same fate.
The problem is, our ports are only open
until December and they won’t open again
until the spring. I wouldn’t be optimistic
about corn prices until we see the ports
open again. It’s going to take clear through
until March for us to deal with that surplus.
With the way things were in late fall, May
is when I’d start to be optimistic about
Practice patience with your marketing plans
this year. When we make our marketing plans,
we should only use the information that seems
like it is reasonable at the time. We don’t want
to start making marketing plans with 80 year
droughts in mind, or disastrous flooding, or
even political factors like a potential breakdown
in NAFTA negotiations. These things happen
once in a generation. History tells the impact