OMAFRA releases data-based resources for Ontario farmers
By Top Crop Manager
As part of their March 2020 Agriculture Business Update, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has released a variety of resources for financial and crop production planning. Several of these resources include multiple years (in some cases, decades) of statistical data and estimates, so outlying years – like 2019 – can be examined in a broader context.
For general farm finance information and year-over-year statistics, including field crops: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/finance/index.html
For field crop-specific production estimates and commodity prices: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/stats/crops/index.html
For the 2020 field crop budgets, including fill-in sheets to help estimate expenses: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/busdev/facts/pub60.htm
For AgPal, a web-based search tool developed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to help farmers and others in agriculture and the agri-business industry find information relevant to agricultural policy, regulations and organizations: agpal.ca/
For an update on AAFC’s January outlook report for principal field crops for the 2019-2020 crop year, and a preliminary look at the 2020-2021 crop year: www.agr.gc.ca/eng/crops/
To discuss risk management for this crop year with Agricorp, including the AgriStability program and crop protection: www.agricorp.com/en-ca/News/2020/Pages/Agricorp-ReadyToTalkCoverageFor2020.aspx
The data and statistics found in these pages may not correspond to your area or farm exactly. Be sure to consider all recommendations as broad guidelines and make decisions based on the realities of your farm.
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