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Ont. producers look ahead to 2019

Ont. producers look ahead to 2019

New Year’s resolutions include better crop yields and more family time

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer
Farms.com

As 2018 ends, Farms.com reached out to members of Ontario’s ag community to find out if they’ve made any resolutions for 2019.

For Joseph Timmermans, a poultry producer from Brant County, more time loved ones is on the agenda.

“I’d like to spend more time with the family and go on some more family outings,” he told Farms.com. “Things can get pretty busy on the farm, so it would be nice to make some time to get away, even if only for a few hours.”

Some farmers are hoping to make changes in 2019 that will result in better yields.

The 2018 growing and harvest season proved challenging, so making some adjustments should help with the 2019 crop, said Cameron Limebeer, a beef and cash crop producer from Peel County.

“Some crops did better than others, so I’d like to see how I can improve the ones that need some help,” he told Farms.com.

Limebeer may also make time for some fun.

“I might take a few days to go snowmobiling, but other than that I think 2019 will look pretty similar to 2018.”

Other producers are hoping recent investments will allow them to generate more farm revenue in 2019.

A new packing plant could allow for more exports and product offerings, said Robert Jakeman, president and CEO of Jakeman’s Maple Farm in Oxford County.

“We’re hoping to enter in the granulated sugar market,” he told Farms.com. “And I think, until we get the building up and running, we’re committed to staying close to home. Once we know it’s working well, maybe we can talk about a possible vacation.”

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