Year: 2009

Selecting a Canola Variety

As we put the final touches on this long season we are getting ready for next year already and canola seems to be near the top of most lists. So when looking for a canola variety what should be your main reason for growing a variety? Is it yield, harvest ability, disease resistance or maturity?… Read more »

The Future For Agriculture is Bright

Recently I was a descision panel guest on AgVisionTV with host Kevin Stewart.  Along with two other guests we discussed interest rates and debt issues for Canadian farms.  The first question was whether or not the panel thought the long term future of agriculture is bright? In many ways that is an interesting question.  I… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Has the Cattle Market Finally Bottomed?

Last week was a brutal week in terms of cattle pricing and the question is starting to loom, what will 2010 bring the business.  The feeding and ranching industry needs some relief from the financial pressure that has been experienced over the last twelve months.  Had it not been for the currency trade gains in 2008,… Read more »

Corn Still Left in Field Could Be Bullish for Prices

As we have discussed on RealAgriculture.com before it seems that there is gaining speculation in the feed market.  With only 92% of the corn harvest complete in North America speculation is gaining that we could see a higher run in the corn price if certain factors come to fruition.    The USDA estimates that there… Read more »

Feed Grains Research Gets Needed Help

With public research in breeding getting cut back significantly across North America, some added funding  is always welcomed.  On Wednesday, the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency (ALMA) announced that they are going to invest eight million dollars into feed grains research.  This money will fund projects in the area of varietal development and developing use technologies…. Read more »

Farmers Share Social Media Success

  Editors Note (Shaun Haney): Many of you know that I am a big believer in Twitter and other social media tools as a powerful communication tool for yourself and your business.  Social media is a great cost effective way for agriculturalists to tell the story of agriculture to the masses.  A twitter friend of… Read more »

Can the World’s Largest Government Owned Farm Survive

Based on the economic turmoil that the hog industry has been in over recent years, it is no surprise that barns have been de-populated and the industry has retrenched.  One of the major events in recent months has been Big Sky Farms entering creditor protection.  Big Sky is the largest hog operation in Saskatchewan and to say this is a… Read more »

Is Wheat Over Valued?

As a farmer you have to deal with many variables that are out of your control.  Harvest in North America is almost complete and now farmers are faced with dealing with the commodity markets.  Most farmers are no doubt following the grain and oilseed markets on a daily basis but now it becomes more of… Read more »

Take the Time to Thank a Farmer

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States which brings family together to share thanks for many of the things in our lives.  This year many of my friends on twitter engaged in “thank a farmer” to make sure that people in agriculture feel recognized and appreciated for the things they do.  Whether it is calving… Read more »

Beef Market Update – What Will Save This Turn in the Cattle Market

This fall is proving to test the real intestinal fortitude of the cattleman in the United States and Canada.  With feeding losses mounting and demand not recovering in the early winter months, the outlook looks extremely strained.  Traditionally cattleman have been internal optimists but this turn of feeding has challenged all of that and more…. Read more »

CWB Responds to Privacy Allegations

Over the weekend, a story broke about the  privacy leaks by the Canadian Wheat Board to third parties such as Revenue Canada and grain companies. The most controversial of issues around this is not the information that was supplied but that the CWB could not provide a good reason as to why the information was… Read more »

Canola Companies Get Creative

Winter time brings the end of harvest and the beginning of the crop input selling season. With this comes flyers, trade shows, and farmer events. This selling season has produced two very cool and creative commercials or videos for canola seed. One is produced by Bayer and the other is by Canterra Seeds.  Both do… Read more »

The Seed Industry Focuses on Innovation

I attended the Canadian Seed Trade Meeting this week in Montreal. Every year the Canadian seed trade gets together to discuss the issues affecting the industry and meet within the industry to discuss business deals.  The seed industry has many issues affecting it currently. Between flax exports, potential introduction of transgenic wheat, pollen flow and… Read more »

The Economics of Certified Seed

By Garth Donald, DynagraVRT Farmers look at many costs when they are making a crop plan. But the one thing I always hear from a lot of growers is that certified seed doesn€™t pay year after year. Coming from Manitoba to Alberta back in 1997 I wondered why there were not more seed growers and… Read more »