Manitoba Input Dealers Join Network – for Sep. 16, 2010

The owners of 19 independently owned crop input outlets in Manitoba have signed up as members of a new Prairie input dealers’ network.

Launched Sept. 8, the Grow Community of Independents includes Double Diamond Crop Supply, Shur-Gro Farm Services and Munro Farm Supplies among its founding members, along with GJ Chemical as a dealer member.

The group, which has seven founding companies across the Prairie provinces, said it was formed out of a need for independents to be “strengthened.”

Member companies’ customers regularly say they’re “just not interested in dealing with some huge corporate entity that doesn’t even understand them, let alone know who they are,” fertilizer dealer Kevin Blair of Lanigan, Sask. said in a release.

The group also launched a “Total Acre” initiative to make sure products its members recommend suit their specific trading areas’ conditions, and “Grow Academy,” an agronomic education program for member dealers’ employees.

New-Crop Feed Barley PRO Boosted

Citing continued strength in the offshore barley market, the Canadian Wheat Board on Friday posted an increase of $15 per tonne in its pool return outlook (PRO) for 2010-11 feed barley (Pool A). The mid-month outlook raises the value for feed barley to $224 per tonne ($4.88 per bushel).

“Timing and quantity of barley demand by the major importing countries before the arrival of the Australian harvest will be critical in determining future price movements in the international market over the next few months,” the CWB said.

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