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Country 105


Agriculture Report

Soybeans Largest Row Crop in Ontario

By Manny Paiva

Ministry of Agriculture reports farmers seeded about 2.5 million acres with soybeans this year.


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Farmers in Ontario continue to plant soybeans.

The Ministry of Agriculture says this year, the province's farmers seeded about 2.5 million acres with soybeans -- making it the largest row crop in Ontario.

Current high prices could mean even more will be planted in 2014.

With about 40 per cent of the crop reported to Agricorp, the average yield is 46 bushels an acre.

The 5 year provincial average is 44 bushels an acre.

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There is now a dome shaped Harvest Barn at the re-opened St. Jacobs Farmers Market.

The popular market is open again after a fire on Labour Day weekend destroyed the main building.

About 50 of the original 60 vendors are back in the temporary steel and fabric structure.

Most of the others are expected back in the next month or two.

The new structure has heat, electricity and a sprinkler system.

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A lawsuit by supporters of the old Canadian Wheat Board is still moving forward despite the federal court striking down most of the claims.

The judge struck down claims of expropriation and unlawful interference with economic relations -- but ruled the claim for mismanagement can continue.

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And the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board has bought a lot of farmland.

The board has acquired the assets of Assiniboia Farmland.

The deal includes 115-thousand acres of Saskatchewan farmland producing wheat, barley and canola.

 

 


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