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Oat futures jumped to their highest level since 2008 last week, hitting $4.6725 a bushel. This is the first time it’s traded at a premium against corn since 2002. The rise in oat prices, which have climbed 35% since early January, is due to the ongoing logistical struggles facing the north-south grain transportation.
Emerging Ag has been working with the Prairie Oat Growers Association to get attention on the unique challenges facing movement south to the US. A record grain crop in Canada, has been taxing the capacity of the handling and rail systems. Estimated shipping demand is as much as 50% higher and much of the focus has been on movement to West Coast ports in this high-pressure situation. The impact on oat shipments to the US (approximately 95% of the shipments) has been serious and is affecting prices. Agriculture Minister Ritz has been working with industry leaders to address the problem, and made this announcement last week. POGA is also working with millers, handlers and the railways to look at long-term solutions.
Congratulations to Cam Dahl, named yesterday as president of Cereals Canada and the first person to hold the position in the organization. Starting March 3, Cam will bring his vast experience in the agriculture sector, his ability to build consensus among stakeholders and his record of effective leadership to the recently formed national organization of partners from all sectors of the cereals value chain.
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Farming 4R Future is giving away an iPad to producers who complete a short exercise and run a scenario to demonstrate the measurable benefits of applying 4R Nutrient Stewardship on a field.
If you would like to take part and enter to win, you can do so here.
Tim McGreevy of the American Pulse Association and I met last week to begin working on the fundraising and finance plans for CICILS contribution to the International Year of Pulses. Tim and his team were amazing hosts at their offices located right on the border of Washington and Idaho States.
The resulting plan will focus on key international players in the pulse sector from inputs through food ingredients to find unique ways they can support the activities during the International Year. Should you have ideas for the year or be interested in lending your support, please let me know.