It’s time to switch

I have finally pulled the trigger and it is time to switch in all the Ontario corn growing area’s except maybe Essex County to a hybrid that is 100 – 150 CHU less than your normal maturity that you would plant. With the recent wet weather please work with your corn supplier to get the required seed to your farm. Be aware as this may take a couple of days as we are moving seed all over Quebec and Ontario to make sure you have the best seed option for your farm and situation.

Is it time to drop corn and switch to soybeans? This depends on each individual situation but you need to think about the following:
1) Do I have enough corn at 75% of expected yield to meet your delivery contracts this fall?
2) Do you need the production for feed?
3) Is the current fall delivery price worth the risk of reduced yields?
4) Herbicide or fertilizer is applied for Corn?
5) Do not want to risk changing my rotation?

Do you have other reasons to continue to plant corn, please include in the comments.


Is the Canadian soybean variety registration antiquated?

Are we as an industry delaying getting good varieties to the soybean grower because of the registration system? As the industry transitions to Genuity Roundup Ready 2 soybeans the industry is under great pressure to get the new varieties to the growers in a timely manner (allowed to order in the fall when discounts can be maximized). Waiting to sell these soybeans until February because they are supported for registration but paperwork is still being worked on is unacceptable. We need to speed this up. With the soybean registration process must meet the speed of business that occurs in today’s society.
It is very important to soybean growers that they can get access to the new varieties so they can start using these new genetics in their farm operations.

Should we adopt a system that variety registration is not required?

What is your opinion?

Fields of Distinction, Middlesex-Oxford

Real Field Facts from Eric Ricther, Territory Manager, Middlesex-Oxford.

Soybean harvest is well underway, but has been abit of a struggle to get several days back to back since last Friday. Yields on the west side of Middlesex are running 45-55, touching 60 bu/acre. In Oxford county, yields are basically starting at 55-60 Bu/acre and up from there. Robert Moloney harvested a soybean plot yesterday with NK beans #1 an #2 out of five entries. S05T6 out yielded Colby’s by +6 bu/acre. NK soybeans are definitely class #1 for yield and profitability.
Corn harvest has started on the west side of Middlesex with moisture in the low 20’s and yield in the 180-200 bu/acre range. Lots of corn fields showing feeding from Western Bean Cutworm – talk to your dealers about the benefits of Agrisure Viptera corn hybrids from NK Brand for spring 2011.

NK Brand Fields of Distinction – “Seeing is Believing”

Check out the corner of Oxford 31st concession and Oxford line #88 (southeast field). Field of CORN N29T series that is sure to help Oxford county set a county record this season. Lots of ears with 600+ kernels at 30,000 plants/acre – take a minute to conduct a yield check on this one if you are close by.

Thank goodness there is a stop light at the corner of Petty and Lobo line in Middlesex county. Without it, there would likely be an accident before these S20-G7 soybeans are harvested. A picture perfect field of NK Brand specialty I.P. soybeans – definitely going to gross more than most fields of edible beans.

On Highway #81 heading north after crossing the Ausable towards Parkhill, another field of S20-G7 on the east side that are worth a look. Grower had 52 bu/acre last year and looking to notch that up again this year. Giving consistent yields year after year.

S25-A5 on some tough ground, South side of Elm tree , 1 mile west of Highway #81. Grower was thinking of giving up on soybeans in his rotation because yields were on a significant downtrend. Nice to have the chance to work with a customer and help turn his yield curve around. Great field of NK Brand RR soybeans – will be a perfect fit for S25-W5 Genuity RR2 yield for 2011.

S08-C3 breaking whole farm records in Oxford county – not shabby for 2750 CHU, zone 0 maturity soybean. 65+ bu/acre should help generate some tidy profits for NK Brand customers.

Planting Corn in April

“I never plant my corn until after April 25th or I never plant my corn until May” We have either heard these statements made by other farmers or even made them ourselves. Are the statements wrong? Not really as it comes down to more than just a date on the calendar. With all the data that has been generated on planting date in the past number of years the main conclusion is plant before May 10th. Syngenta Agronomy Research states that planting date has little influence on yield potential prior to May 10th (R2 = 0.0085), with all other agronomic and management factors (fertility, population, seed depth, weather, hybrid selection, etc.) playing a more critical role in determining yield potential. Research indicates that 46% (R2 = 0.4613) of the variation in yield potential after May 10th is due to planting date and that farmers should expect to lose on average a bushel a day for every day planting is delayed after May 10th.(See attached chart)

Will planting in mid April increase my yields over early May planting? Not significantly. April planting allows you to get this operation completed at a less stressful pace (remember rushing to plant corn last year) allowing you to manage all the above factors to the best of your ability.

Should I plant before April 25? If the field is fit and conditions are favourable for germination and growth and as Clare Kinlin Regional Manager in Eastern Ontario says “it won’t grow in the bag”. Plant the acres you feel comfortable planting at this time and have a safe planting season

CDN Dollar playing with basis again

CDN dollar at par talk with the US again. Not good news for the Canadian (CDN) farmer as this has a big effect on basis, perceived or not. Theoretically the strength/ weakness of the Canadian dollar (exchange rate) makes up part of the basis. Right now basis in Ontario is sitting at anywhere from 35 to 45 cents over for new crop corn and 5 to 15 cents over for soys.  Old crop basis on both crops  is still very good most likely attributed to demand (another part that makes up the basis).  A high demand maybe the only hope we have of keeping basis positive until fall harvest after that it could be in a free fall.  Last year there was huge debate whether basis was a true reflection of what it should off been.  Many producers were discouraged and thought the grain trade was keeping the basis artificially low.  The only saving grace to the lower basis was the high future prices.  I am not sure CBOT is going to help us as much this year.  Thoughts?

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