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”
Good in Every Grain was able to tour a state of the art flour mill in Hamilton, Ontario earlier this winter. A flour mill is used to mill or grind large quantities of raw wheat into flour, which can then be sold and shipped to large scale bakeries and food processors. The mill that we toured runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and it mills 500 tonnes of wheat per day. This is equal to approximately 2,500 loaves of bread every day! Continue reading “Flour Mills: All You Knead to know”
As harvest was finishing up across the province this fall, a lot of farmers were talking about grain elevators. A grain elevator is a structure built to hold large quantities of grain after its harvested. After farmers harvest their grain, they deliver it to a grain elevator. The grain is then stored, dried, and eventually unloaded onto a truck where it will be delivered to its next stage: a flour mill, feed mill, distillery, crusher plant, or ethanol plant for example. Many grain elevators are commercial businesses run by farmers for farmers, and they organize the payment and delivery of grain on behalf of a farmer. These individuals are called grain brokers. Continue reading “Grain Elevators”
Technology is all around us, impacting our lives in different ways. This summer as the Grain Discovery Zone Ambassador, I learned about the educational power of one kind of technology in particular: video games. Continue reading “City kids can learn how to farm too”
Now that the submissions are pouring in, we’re noticing some important trends. #TrainWithGrains is serious business — there is a $2500 cash grand prize, and weekly prizes from Adidas at stake after all — so you should probably take some notes if you want to submit a winning video.
These are probably the most important rules to making a winning #TrainWithGrains video: Continue reading “How to win #TrainWithGrains”
It was another successful year on the road for the Grain Discovery Zone. We went to over 25 different events, reaching all different demographics. This year was special as we attended about 6 new locations! There was a lot of interest in Ontario grains at all the venues we attended.