Promoting Canadian Oats

Alberta is seeing harvest operations in full progress with about 6% oats in the bin.

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Canadian Farm Fuel and Fertilizer Prices and Farm Expenses Market Outlook Report, July 2015 examined fuel and fertilizer prices and expenses for the period 2013-2014. Production and profitability in primary agriculture is highly dependent upon fuel and fertilizer. Fuel and fertilizer costs accounted for 18% of total Canadian farm expenses, or $7.7 billion. For every one cent per litre increase in fuel prices, Canadian farmers' annual machinery fuel bill increases by about $27 million. For fertilizer, every ten dollar per tonne increase in the price adds about $68 millionn to Canadian farmers' annual fertilizer bill.

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Saskatchewan's harvest progress as of August 17, 2015 is reported to be at about 9% combined and 10% swathed, as compared to 1% combined and 4% swathed or ready to be swathed this time last year. 

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The oats harvest is well underway in southern Manitoba, and it's a good crop.

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With harvest up and coming , it will be interesting to see how these recent, late season down pours, throughout Saskatchewan and Manitoba will affect the 2015 Oat crop.

Producers are uncertain where the market is headed, but we should have a better knowledge of where the market is going around December according to some. Many guess that oats are going to continue sideways until then. Before the heavy downpours, we were hearing reports of many oat crops with short plant height, which is a sign of drought stress.

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