July 24 to 26, 2018

Join the Grain World Crop Tour, hosted by FarmLink Marketing Solutions, to learn more about our prairie crops and market positions for our farmers in the 2018 season. Scouts will be departing from, at least, three locations: Winnipeg, Regina, and Calgary. The tour will conclude in Saskatoon with a morning seminar.

If you are interested in joining the tour or attending the seminar please contact Farmlink at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Morning Seminar & Wrap Up

Saskatoon Inn Conference Centre
2002 Airport Drive

July 26, 2018
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m.
CROP TOUR RESULTS:
Western Canada Supply/Demand Considerations
-Jon Driedger, Alyssa Mistelbacher and Neil Townsend, Market Analysts, FarmLink Marketing Solutions

10:45 p.m.
MARKET OUTLOOK:
US Crop Conditions and 2018/2019 Marketing Risks and Opportunities
-Kurt Ahrens, President and Founder of Grainbot in Omaha, Nebraska

11:00 a.m.
Roundtable discussion and Q&A with Farm link and Kurt Ahrens

12:00 p.m.
Lunch to be provided
Departure

If you’re planning to attend the Seminar RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject "Crop Tour"

Technical FAQ

Crop touring is one part science and one part art. The teams observe local conditions to compare to year over year data. This year, scouts will be departing from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba visiting local fields to gain insights on the current crop conditions from the ground up. They will meet in Saskatoon to compile information and present market insights, global impacts and open the floor to questions.

Grain World Crop Tour Cars

Beginning on July 24th, each car departing from Calgary, Regina and Winnipeg will tour fields en route to the seminar in Saskatoon on July 26th. Each car has a leader, a crop scout, and a reporter and will make 10 - 12 field stops (6-8 wheat, 4-6 other).

Manitoba visits are by invitation of the grower only and FarmLink client fields

*Note: Due to Phyto-sanitation, visitors must wear appropriate footwear (shoe booties) and be visible in any media imagery. Please only have one guest from your vehicle enter the field.

Saskatchewan visits will be a mix of fields by invitation as well as by random selection

Alberta visits will be a mix of fields by invitation as well as by random selection

Please leave the fields as you find it. Visitors must be careful and sensitive to the farm as well as the crops grown.

Crop Estimations

Wheat/Durum

There are several methods of estimating wheat, but the randomness is key.   We will use two different methods to compile random information:

  1. Toss the sampling frame provided in the air. Where it lands, gather all individual plants within that square space to count the number of plants within.
    Randomly select ten heads, pull them off and count the kernels on each. Calculate the yield estimate.
  2. Calculate the number of plants in a square foot. Select three heads at random and count the seeds. Calculate the yield estimate. Do this three times per field.
Canola/Soybeans

Take note of the following observations: green, canopy, number of plants, pod count.  Relativity is very important in comparing regions and years.

Corn

Count the crops, however, there will be few observations to be made.

Pulses/Other

Make an observation about the general condition of lentils/peas/oats/barley.  There is a chance you will not observe any mustard, dry beans or canary seed.

Following your visits

Car leaders, please compile your results and submit them to FarmLink Market Analyst, Alyssa Mistelbacher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Grain World Crop Tour