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As of July 1, 2015 there are new regulatory requirements for Ontario corn and soybean growers to buy and use neonicotinoid treated corn and/or soybean seed.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) held several regional information sessions in late August and early September 2015 to ensure stakeholders are aware of and understand the new regulatory requirements.

OMAFRA will hold the following two additional teleconference/webinars for stakeholders to learn about the new requirements:

Teleconference/Webinar (English)

  • September 14, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • September 18, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration:

Register online at http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/pollinator/regional-reg.htm or by contacting the Agricultural Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

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MarketView for May 17

Global markets are trading higher this morning as investors expect healthy US consumer sentiment data to be released later this morning.

The Canadian dollar has been in retreat overnight following comments from the US central bank indicating that their monetary easing program could cease as early as this summer. Our dollar is currently trading at $.97

Crops:
Corn has some downward price momentum this morning as it is likely that this week will mark a US corn planting record, according to Agrimoney.com Soybeans are trading higher in the early session as yesterday’s USDA export showed that China purchased 79% of the US soybeans sold last week, confirming an increase in demand, and a growing belief that the push in corn plantings will have a negative impact on soybean production, according to a commodities analyst quoted in Bloomberg Financial.

Disclaimer: This commentary is provided for information only and is not intended as advice.

Jennifer Stevenson
Manager (A) Sustainable Livestock Production Unit
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Ontario Ministry of Rural Affairs

Email: Jennifer.stevenson@ontario.ca

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