Lately there has been alot of focus on the increased need for more money to go into feed grain research in Canada. With provincial and federal funding decreasing over the past 10 years it is imperative that this change. Probably the most pressing concern is that the corn industry is focused on continuing to push corn yields higher. Trust me when I tell you that 300 bushel corn is in the sights of all the global breeders and will become reality. The challenge for the rest of the feed grains industry is when we do have 300 bushel corn how do we keep barley competitive. With more and more genetics in the lower CHU ranges many farmers have the option to plant corn that realistically never did before. As an industry we must quickly consider how we are going to ensure that crop types like barley remain viable as a feed grain. And that conversation all begins with figuring out how to get more money into feed grains breeding and research.
We have many traditions in agriculture. Skills and knowledge in the industry are passed on from generation to generation. This passing of the knowledge torch is one of the mechanisms that makes agriculture special. Sometimes our wisdom is built on the passing of legend. In this case, we're talking about rain happening ninety days after a…Read more »