Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Local Flavour at IPM


Grey Bruce people prominent at IPM in Earlton.


Corn prices continue to drop despite a less than stellar growing year and a late harvest.

Values have dropped almost a dollar and a half per bushel in the last four months.

After hovering near the 5 dollar mark back in May -- corn is now selling for just over 3 dollars per bushel.


There was a Grey County flavour to the International Plowing Match in Earlton.

Brian Davenport of Owen Sound placed 9th in the Ontario Plowing Championship.

His daughter Carrie finished 4th in the Junior Class.

She also won a 25 hundred dollar Petro Partners Scholarship to use for post secondary education.

Austin Davenport of Annan finished 6th in the Under 16 Plowing Class.

Charlotte Curley of Tara placed first in the Novice Plowing Class and second overall.

Camille Black of Markdale also finished the second runner up in the Ontario Queen of the Furrow competition.

Over 80 thousand people attended the IPM in Earlton.


If you missed the news on the weekend -- Karen Lemon of Meaford won the Junior Ambassador title at the GNE in Collingwood.

Lemon read a speech " A Day in the Life of the Farmer."


Manitoba wants to see farms become greener.

The province is encouraging producers to engage in the Sustainable Agriculture Practices Program which is designed to help farmers reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions.

Officials are promoting things like using manure storage covers to reduce greenhouse gases and odours.


The Canadian Wheat Board says 135 million dollars in wheat and barley exports could be lost unless a new trade deal with Colombia is ratified by Parliament.

The deal was announced back in March.

But it has stalled at second reading in the House of Commons, and Colombia has responded by applying a 15 per cent tariff on wheat imports.

About 400 thousand tonnes of wheat are exported from western Canada to Columbia each year.


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