Canada – Challenging Harvest
Bob Fraser – Sales & Service, Genesus Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org
In Ontario (as in many parts of Canada) it has been one of the most challenging harvests in recent memory. It has been a particularly wet fall resulting in considerable corn still in the field and including soybeans in many areas. Now winter has moved in with snow in many areas further impeding progress.
To further add insult to injury, DON (mycotoxin) levels have been an issue across the province, with some reports of extreme (double digit) levels in certain areas. Some appears to be at levels making it unmarketable even to ethanol.
Agricorp the crop insurance body in Ontario reports the following:
- 8,600 producers with 1.6 million acres of corn covered by Production insurance
- Plant diseases, like DON, are insured perils under Production insurance
- 1,400 producers have reported damage due to DON.
So as one can see this is a very extensive challenge in Ontario. As I discuss in previous commentaries the Ontario model has most but certainly not all hog producers growing and feeding their own corn. As one veterinarian I discussed this with probably said it best, that this coming year would be one with an asterisk beside it as far as breeding problems related to toxins.
The extra rub is, if it weren’t for the high DON levels in corn and the tough weather, this harvest would be one for the ages. Yields for both corn and soybeans have been exceptional with many producers suggesting their best ever.
Bob Hunsberger, Wallenstein Feeds, Hog Economics Summary Sheet reminds of Tale of Two Cities “it was the best of times, it was the worse of times”. Present producer profit projection per pig with average production is (-$18.31). However average profit production for the next twelve months is projected at $29.27. Probably goes a long way to explaining the air of caution in the countryside.
Lots of promise out there but things don’t feel so hot right at the moment.