Month: April 2009

What is Going on With Canola Acres Forecasts

We have moved from bizarre optimism to pessimism. StatsCan came out this week stating that canola acres would be just short of 15 million acres. This is in line with my thoughts back on March 21, 2009, when I said there would not be 17 million canola acres. To widen the range even more I… Read more »

Alberta Legislation Changes Checkoff Rules

If you don’t follow the beef industry very closely then you have been missing the battle of the beef check off dollars.  Traditionally all the check off dollars have gone to the Alberta Beef Producers but there was growing dissent within the industry as to what the ABP was doing with that money for the… Read more »

Weather Provides Delays in Seeding

Apparently, winter is never going to end.  This is a picture from the seat of my truck in Barons, Alberta on Monday afternoon.  With continued snowfall warnings seeding has halted in Southern Alberta.  Between the Manitoba floods and Alberta spring snowfall, weather has definitely been a challenge.  It will be very interesting as the spring proceeds whether… Read more »

Canola School: Taking Care of Your Canola Seed

In this segment of our Canola School, Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada discusses how you should be caring for the canola seed you purchased.  Matt talks about why you should keep a seed sample and a blue tag from every lot of seed to help you if issues arise.  I tell customers… Read more »

Canadian Wheat Board Election Controversy — Siemenssays.com

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays does a great job in the following article and podcasts to bring to light the controversy over who has or hasn’t reported their donor list in the past CWB elections.  Harry interviews former board candidate Rolf Penner, Ian Craven of Meyers Norris Penny and Larry Hill, Canadian Wheat Board Chair.  … Read more »

Canola School: Field Selection, Seeding Speed, Seeding Rate

In this segment Matt Stanford walks us through the key points in field selection, the proper canola seeding speed and obtaining the proper seeding rate. All three things are key factors in getting a great stand. In canola growing, cutting corners can cause pain through the growing season.

Canola School: Preparing Your Drill For Canola Planting

Before you ever leave the farm yard you better must make sure that your drill is ready for planting. Too many farmers across North America don’t go through the final checks to make sure that canola planting will be a success.  In this video Matt Stanford from the Canola Council of Canada walks us through… Read more »

Ensure Success With On Farm Trials

There is an over abundance of research that is done every year and presented to you to prove which product your farm needs to ensure success. Whether it is seed, chemical, agronomic enhancement or a miracle herbal additive, the amount of information is monstrous. There are many private research trials and public trials for all… Read more »

Lets Talk Agriculture on #agchat Every Tuesday

Michele Payn Knoper has started a Twitter chat (tweetchat) for people in agriculture. The chat will take place every Tuesday 8-10PM Eastern and it will allow people in the industry to chat about issues and ideas in real time on Twitter. Have I mentioned to everyone that I love twitter. This is a great way… Read more »

Why Do a Preseed Burn Off?

I get asked all of the time whether a grower should do a preseed burn off and my answer is always, “when do you want to spend your money? Up front or at spraying time.” I do get a lot of weird looks when I say that reply but it is true. I have walked… Read more »

Is Your GPS System Ready for Spring

Every year we get ready for seeding and spraying which means we make sure the oil is changed in the equipment, the seed is cleaned and treated and the crop plan is finalized. But the one thing that most growers forget to do until they make the first pass with the sprayer is to check… Read more »

Larry Weber Comments on the USDA Planting Report

Yesterday the USDA planting intention report was released which has stirred lots of speculation about the future movement of of agricultural commodity price. On BNN yesterday Larry Weber of Weber Commodities spoke about the planting report and some of the ramifications. Larry speculates that Soybeans could be headed to 10-11 dollars per bushel this spring…. Read more »