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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

UGG Annex Day One.


The big move, taped ten years ago today. I see it was colder and we had a lot less snow than today. Hard to believe it was all that long ago.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Grain Marketing

Ok, I guess I am mentally challenged. That is the only conclusion I can come to after years of studying, reading, and trying to understand grain marketing. Terms like positive and negative basis, spreads, put options, hedging futures.......etc. It just makes my head spin. I have a very basic concept of what those terms mean but really no idea what difference it should make to me when I am making the decision to sell my grain in the bins.

My decision to sell is based on what the figure is going to be on the cheque I receive and shouldn't that be all I really need to know? Whether I decide to sell at today's price or lock in a delivery for next September, the bottom line should be , what is the net price per bushel that I am going to receive. All those other confusing terms and useless information is just needlessly complicating my life but to read the ag forums where all these "experts' talk about marketing grain makes me feel like I am hopelessly living in the past with my old fashioned ideas.

Having said that I have just locked in a couple of loads of canola today for a very good price. I neither know or care what the "basis" is on that grain. All I know is that I need to deliver the grain within the next two weeks and I am happy with the price I will receive.

In other news, our drought continues. The little snow we have is staying with us but is the least amount I have ever seen in my life. Still over two months til planting time so no panic yet but if this "dry spell" continues into the growing season there is potential for problems. But like the old timers used to say, "I've never lost a crop in February yet. "
Looking back at this photo from ten years ago, we didn't have much snow that winter either but the rest of the year and crop turned out just fine.
West hill

Sunday, February 5, 2012

There Are Strange Things Done in The Midnight Sun

Yes, that is a disgusting rat in the picture. My new trail cam arrived last week and this is one of the first pictures it took. I had seen tracks in the chopped grain bin and had suspicions what they were. Set up the cam overnight and even the poorly focused, over exposed photo could not disguise that long rat tail with its glowing eyes looking at the camera. Funny how my cats live underneath the bin and in the balestack beside it yet they don't kill this rat. Maybe I am feeding them too well and they have lost the urge to hunt.

Now I have a block of rat poison and a conibear trap set up  hoping to catch this pest.
In other news, our mild winter continues with far below normal snowfall. Is this the beginning of a drought? If we went this long without significant precipitation and above normal temps in the growing season our crops would suffer and maybe not even survive. Of course that may not be a problem if the 2012 apocalypse  we hear so much talk about now come true.
Personally I am betting a fair bit of cash and labour that I will grow a crop this year and be around next year to sell the proceeds and spend it again in the endless cycle of farming.