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Key features of the Merit contracts

Canola

Key Program Features of Merit’s 2022/23 Non-GMO Clearfield Canola Production Contracts:

Acreage Minimum

160 acres

Volume Commitment

37.5 bushels/acre or 0.85MT/acre

Delivery

There are four delivery periods that contracted acres will be distributed across. Grower preference will be taken into account at the time of contracting and these delivery windows will become closed once they are filled.
  • Q4 – Oct 1st – Dec 31st, 2022
  • Q1 – Jan 1st – March 31st, 2023
  • Q2 – April 1st - June 30th , 2023
  • Q3 – July 1st – Sept 30th , 2023

Basis

Growers secure an associated basis when acres are committed to a delivery period.

Pricing

Growers have the ability to price bushels off the futures listed on the Merit pricing website, up to three times before their delivery period. All 37.5 bushels/acre must be priced before the contracted delivery period. If not, the grower will receive the price listed on the Merit pricing website on the first day of the contracted delivery period at the closing price of that day. All pricing is FOB farm.

Act of God

All committed acres and priced bushels are covered under a full Act of God (ie. Basis + Futures).

First Right of Refusal

Merit has the First Right to production above 37.5 bushels/acre until Jan 1st. Up until that point, if a grower receives a bid for overage, they must present that offer to Merit who will have 5 business days to match the bid.

Seed

Growers are required to use Certified seed. All Clearfield and Nexera Clearfield varieties are accepted on the contract and can be purchased at any retail by the grower.

Dessicants

The use of pre-harvest glyphosate (RoundUp) is not permitted.

Crop Rotation

Contracted production is required to be grown on land that is a minimum of two years soybean free. Contracted production is preferred to be grown on land that is a minimum of one year wheat-free.

Storage and Equipment

Bins and grain handling equipment must be kept clean and a thorough cleaning of dust and debris is required between grain lots. Hopper bins with aeration are strongly preferred.

Pre-harvest Inspection

A Merit/Pitura Seeds representative will visit farms in person prior to harvest to note bin allocations and review harvest sample and equipment clean-out procedures.

Samples

Producer is required to collect and send samples to Merit Functional Foods within 7 days of harvest.
Peas

Peas

Key Program Features of Merit’s 2022/23 Yellow Pea Production Contracts:

Acreage Minimum

160 acres

Volume Commitment

20 bushels/acre or 0.55 MT/acre

Delivery

There are four delivery periods that contracted MT will be distributed across. Grower preference will be taken into account at the time of contracting and these delivery windows will become closed once they are filled.

  • Q4 – Oct 1st – Dec 31st, 2022
  • Q1 – Jan 1st – March 31st, 2023
  • Q2 – April 1st - June 30th , 2023
  • Q3 – July 1st – Sept 30th , 2023

Act of God

20 bushels/acre are covered under a full Act of God.

First Right of Refusal

Merit has the First Right to production above 20 bushels/acre until Jan 1st. Up until that point, if a grower receives a bid for overage, they must present that offer to Merit who will have 5 business days to match the bid.

Seed

Growers are required to use Certified seed and will need to show proof of certified seed purchase. Certified seed for contracted acres must come from Pitura Seeds or one of the five designated Contracting Agents. Seed allocations for Merit contracts are limited.

  • Pitura Seeds (Contracting Manager) – Domain, MB
  • Nielsen Seeds – Hargrave, MB
  • JS Henry Seeds – Oak River, MB
  • Heritage Co-op – Douglas, MB
  • Armstrong Seeds – Boissevain, MB
  • RJP Seeds – Carman, MB

Preferred Varieties

AAC Profit, AAC Delhi and CDC Lewochko. All three preferred varieties will receive a premium in addtion to the contracted price.

Dessicants

The use of pre-harvest glyphosate (RoundUp) is not permitted.

Crop Rotation

Contracted production is required to be grown on land that is a minimum of two years soybean free. Contracted production is preferred to be grown on land that is a minimum of one year wheat-free.

Storage and Equipment

Bins and grain handling equipment must be kept clean and a thorough cleaning of dust and debris is required between grain lots. Hopper bins with aeration are strongly preferred.

Pre-harvest Inspection

A Merit/Pitura Seeds representative will visit farms in person prior to harvest to note bin allocations and review harvest sample and equipment clean-out procedures.

Samples

Producer is required to collect and send samples to Merit Functional Foods within 7 days of harvest.

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