Here they are debunking three of of the most common myths we hear about GMOs: Continue reading “Getting to Know GMOs | Kastor and Pollux”
Wheat is the third largest field crop in Ontario behind soybeans and corn. Each year, Ontario produces, on average, 1-2 million metric tonnes of wheat on 600,000-1 million acres. Ontario is diverse in its wheat production, growing two different categories, winter and spring wheat, along with several different classes in each, including soft red winter, soft white winter, hard red winter, and hard red spring.
Soybeans are the largest field crop in Ontario. On average, 2.5-3 million acres are planted each year producing 3-3.5 million metric tonnes. Ontario is also the largest producing province of soybeans in Canada – on average, farmers here grow 57% of Canada’s total soybean production.
In terms of global production, Canada is a minor player: producing only 1% of the global corn supply. Global production is driven by the United States, China, and South America.Grain corn is the second largest crop in terms of acreage in Ontario, but it is the largest volume crop – farmers produce on average between 7.5-9 million metric tonnes a year on 2 million acres. Ontario is the leading corn producing province in the country – growing, on average, 63% of Canada’s grain corn.
Barley production in Ontario is relatively small compared to other parts of Canada. on average, 186,000 metric tonnes are produced on 148,00 acres each year which represents 2% of the country’s production levels. A slightly downward trend in production has been occurring over the last five years. Alberta and Saskatchewan are the leading barley producing provinces, producing on average 90% of the barley grown in Canada. Globally, the primary barley producing regions are the European Union followed by Russia.
Agriculture is an important economic driver for the province of Ontario. In 2016, more than 13 million metric tonnes of barley, corn, oats, soybeans, and wheat were produced on six million acres of land. This helped to generate $9 billion in economic output and more than 40,000 jobs in the province.
When we bring the Growing Connections trailer or the Grain Discovery Zone to events – especially ones in Toronto and Ottawa – one of the first things people want to know is where all that grain goes. Continue reading “The Whole Grains Story #WhereDoGrainsGo”