NFU Supports Federal Government Right To Implement National Carbon Tax

Saskatchewan’s Court of Appeal recently heard the Provinces court case against the Federal Governments jurisdictional power to impose the Carbon Tax.

The National Farmers Union sent a brief into the court saying that they feel the Federal Government does have that power.

NFU Vice President Stewart Wells says the issue of climate change has been on the government’s radar for years.

“Canada has gone to all sorts of international meetings and signed all sorts of international agreements designed to try to curb pollution that is having a negative effect on the climate but nobody had tried to do anything about it. Now, for the first time really, the Federal Government of Canada has brought forward this Pollution Pricing Act.”

Wells says climate change and its potential impact is a key issue that needs to be addressed.

“It’s an issue that if left unchecked nature and the climate is going to make these decisions for us. The question is not do we need to change something; the climate is going to make those changes. The question is do we want to be part of trying to direct and steer those changes so that it has the least effect on farmers and other people.”

Farmers Learn More About Advancements In Sprayer Technology

Farmers taking part in the Nutrien Ag Solutions event yesterday got some key information.

Tom Wolf from Agrimetrix Research and Training shared some interesting stats from John Deere that showed farmers are spending 33% of their time in the sprayer idling, 22% in transport and only about 45% of their time actually spraying.

Wolf’s research work centers on sprayer technology, he feels farmers should be looking at ways to increase their time and efficiency in the Sprayer.

“The first step really is to do an accounting we want to know how are you spending your time. How long does it take you to fill the sprayer, to clean the sprayer, or enter some records? Most of the time we pull into the field and the first thing we need to do is get the monitor set up.”

He notes it’s a farmer’s responsibility to improve their spraying operations so that the non-farming public can have faith in our stewardship practices.

We want to make sure we’re not causing spray drift or contamination of water sources when cleaning out the sprayer.

Wolf says new technology coming out means farmers will be able to move to site-specific spraying.

Some of the new artificial intelligence technology is able to detect weeds, disease, insects as well as even the nutrient status of your plants through a phone app or drone imagery.

Province's Carbon Tax Case at Court of Appeal

The province got a lot of support for its court case against the Federal Government’s Carbon Tax.

Yesterday, representatives for the Provinces of New Brunswick and Ontario spoke in support of Saskatchewan’s case before the Court of Appeal.

Saskatchewan is arguing the carbon tax is unconstitutional.

APAS was among the interveners in the case, President Todd Lewis says their lawyers made their presentation yesterday (Wednesday).

“Our story’s always been that farmers and ranchers have done a great job of managing carbon without a carbon tax. We put that story forward again today with the hope that it gives the court some pause to think about how a tax like this will affect everybody.”

Lewis says it will probably take weeks or even months before there’s a decision, adding that a case like this will probably end up at the Supreme Court.

CWA Next Gen Agriculture Program

Canadian Western Agribition has selected the mentees for the CWA Next Gen Agriculture Program.

The eighteen-month mentorship program aims to create a community of graduates with a deeper understanding of agriculture, business, community, leadership, and advocacy for the industry.

CEO Chris Lane says Agribition is honored and excited to deliver this program.

“We all have a role to play in building a vibrant agriculture community and this group of young people certainly has that potential."

This year CWA Next Gen Agriculture Program mentees include Brandt Carter of Lacadena, Chelsie Christison of Bethune, Coralee Fisk of Balcarres, Lesley Kelly of Watrous, Jennifer Mainil of Weyburn, Codie Nagy of Ogema, Derek Oleksyn of Prince Albert, and Kaleigh Sorensen of Regina.

Agriculture Minister David Marit is also pleased with the response and programs benefits.

“By the end of the program, these young people will feel better equipped to advance in the agriculture sector and take on future leadership roles in our industry.”

 

 

 

 

February 12 is Canada's Ag Day

Agriculture is taking centre stage on Tuesday in celebration of Canada's Ag Day.

Agriculture More Than Ever Manager, Debbie Bailey, says the day is about getting people together to talk about their food in fun and engaging ways.

"We just want everyone to really be proud of the food that's produced here in Canada. We produce among the safest, highest quality food in the world, so this is something for us to celebrate."

Examples of events taking place across the country include a celebrity cook-off, school events, staff potluck meals focused on Canadian food and screenings of a new movie called, Before the Plate.

"This movie is told from the perspective of a chef who is going back to the different farms where the food on the plate comes from," Bailey says.

The movie can be viewed free for the month of February at beforetheplate.com.

You can also follow the celebration on social media by using #CdnAgDay.

As part of Canada’s Ag Day celebrations, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture is holding an open house at their Regional offices and is encouraging everyone to stop in for coffee and a donut.

Herbicide Carryover Could Be A Concern In 2019

Farmers are being reminded about the potential this year for herbicide carryover.

It’s especially a concern in the Southwest, which has had two years of extremely dry conditions.

Shannon Chant, a Crops Extension Specialist in the Southwest, says some producers in the area experienced problems last year.

“There were a lot of cases that I saw, especially in Canola with just injury sometimes in a specific area. As you know moisture varies within a field so maybe it did better in one area and not the other.   I also heard some reports last year of some injury in wheat.”

She says farmers should check their notes from the last couple of years on what crop inputs they used on what fields.

“Most of them are a year or two; there are some cases for some products that can be up to four years. If you are concerned about a residual product you can call the manufacturer and see how much moisture is needed or how fast that breakdown needs to be. Talk to an Agronomist as well to see what the options are or if it’s something you need to be concerned about.”

She adds if it’s something that the residual product can be applied to normally then it’s okay.

In the Guide for Crop Protection, farmers will find a chart on residual products and how long they last.

She notes with two years of back to back droughts in some areas there’s also a potential for herbicide stacking.

Clark Brenzil with Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture is talking about Herbicide Carryover as part of the Top Notch Farming events in Swift Current, February 8 at Living Sky Centre, in Melfort, February 12 at the Kerry McVicar Centre, in Humboldt, February 13 at the Uniplex and in Davidson, February 14 at the Community Centre.

CanFax Manager Optimistic About Calf Prices This Fall

The Manager of Canfax Research Services says they were surprised by last year's calf prices.

Brenna Grant says they remained steady at 222 dollars per hundred weight.

"That was really encouraging to see both the strength of the domestic and international demand to maintain those prices in the face of large supplies."

Grant is optimistic calf prices will be around $2.00 per pound this fall.

She adds, feed challenges like high hay prices and last year's spring snowstorm leading to more culls, prevented the Canadian herd from growing.

"Even though we still have profitability in our cow-calf sector, we're just not seeing the expansion, fortunately, we are seeing an increased number of feeder cattle being fed in Canada."

Forward Hog Contract Prices Weaken

Forward hog contract prices have softened a little bit.

Tyler Fulton is the Director of Risk Management with Hams Marketing Services.

"They finished last week a bit higher, but in general they've been a little bit softer recently because the futures have coming off a little bit," Fulton says. "What I'm largely talking about is the spring and summer forward prices...We now have prices offered right out until the end of the year and the last three months actually tend to be pretty firm and probably represent some opportunity for producers to hedge."

Fulton notes there's still lots of hogs and pork out there which has been having an impact on U.S. cash prices.

Stats Can Releases Dec Stocks Report

As of December 31, 2018, total stocks of most major field crops in Canada were down from the same date in 2017.

Total stocks for wheat, barley, soybeans, corn for grain, lentils, and dry peas were lower than the previous year, while stocks for canola increased.

In general, the decline in total stocks was the result of lower production of almost all major field crops in 2018, combined with higher exports.

Wheat

At the national level, total wheat stocks on December 31, 2018 were down 0.2% from the same period in 2017, to 23.2 million tonnes. On-farm stocks fell from 19.5 million tonnes in 2017 to 19.1 million tonnes in 2018. The decrease in on-farm stocks offset the increase in commercial stocks, which rose 9.2% to 4.1 million tonnes in 2018.

While wheat production rose 6.0% at the national level in 2018, higher exports drove wheat stocks lower. Wheat exports increased 13.5% from the same date one year earlier to 10.0 million tonnes on December 31, the highest export volume for the same period since 2014.

Canola

Canola stocks rose to a record-high 14.6 million tonnes in 2018, a 4.9% increase from the previous year. On-farm stocks rose 6.3% over 2017 to 13.4 million tonnes. Commercial stocks decreased to 1.2 million tonnes in 2018, from 1.3 million tonnes in 2017.

Despite lower total production in 2018, canola stocks rose compared with one year earlier, due in large part to lower exports and high carry-in farm stocks from the previous crop year. Lower prices in the second half of the calendar year, combined with poor weather conditions in the Prairies during harvest, contributed to a decline in deliveries compared with the previous year.

Corn for grain

At the national level, corn for grain stocks fell 7.4% from December 31, 2017 to 11.5 million tonnes. On-farm stocks decreased from 9.5 million tonnes in 2017 to 8.5 million tonnes in 2018. Conversely, commercial stocks increased 0.6% over 2017 to 3.0 million tonnes.

Soybeans

Total stocks of soybeans in Canada fell from 4.4 million tonnes on December 31, 2017 to 4.0 million tonnes in 2018. On-farm stocks fell 12.9% from the same date in 2017 to 2.6 million tonnes. Meanwhile, commercial stocks rose 0.8% over the same period to 1.4 million tonnes.

Barley

Overall stocks of barley decreased to 4.9 million tonnes in 2018, down 1.1 million tonnes from the previous year. The decline was primarily fuelled by on-farm stocks, which fell 19.3% compared with 2017 to 4.6 million tonnes. Commercial stocks rose to 296 000 tonnes (+5.7%) compared with one year earlier.

Oats

As of December 31, 2018, total stocks of oats were down 19.7% year over year to 2.3 million tonnes. On-farm stocks fell 22.1% to 2.1 million tonnes, while commercial stocks rose 15.8% to 220 000 tonnes.

Dry peas and lentils

Nationally, stocks of dry field peas declined 11.4% from the same date in 2017 to 2.5 million tonnes.

StatsCan Stocks Report Doesn't Surprise Market Analyst

On Tuesday, February 5, Stats Canada released their stocks of principal field crops report.

It shows at the end of 2018, total stocks of most major field crops in Canada were down from 2017, except for canola which went up.

FarmLink Marketing Solutions Senior Market Analyst, Jonathon Driedger, says although the report didn't come with any surprises, one point of interest was just how tight feed grain supplies are.

"According to StatsCan, barley stocks are about a million tonnes lower than they had been the previous year at the same time, oats a little bit tighter as well. I think we've had a pretty perky feed grain market in Western Canada."

He says, cattle farmers are feeding more grain because of low forage supplies, which is showing in some of these stock numbers.

Driedger says hard red spring wheat supplies are down about 600,000 tonnes.

He says this confirms tight wheat supplies in Western Canada due to aggressive exports as Canada takes advantage of smaller wheat stocks in other exporting nations.

Driedger predicts farmers will have good marketing opportunities for their wheat in the second half of this winter.

As far a canola stocks increasing, Driedger points to sluggish export demand as a main contributor to this numbers.

"If you look at canola prices, which have been a little lackluster, stocks kind of reflect that. It's not supplies that are overwhelmingly larger, just a little bigger than they had been."

Overall, he doesn't expect this report to have any big effects on the market as it confirms the trends they were predicting.

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