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 or not the recent StatsCan acreage forecast will come to fruition. Late springs can dramatically shift acreage intentions and we may be in for this result this spring. Our office has had lots of calls this week from farmers with a renewed interest in the availability of barley seed. I am not saying that we are officially in a late spring but I can tell from talking to customers that everyone is getting itchy to scratch the ground. Weather is either a friend or foe to the farmer and this year apparently is no different.
Not often do you hear of wheat outyielding corn, but that's the case in our latest episode in the 'Real' Wheat Farmers series. RealAgriculture resident agronomist Peter Johnson can barely contain himself when Arthur, Ontario farmer Shawn Schill of Shawridge Farms tells him that one 200-acre field yielded 154 bu/ac of wheat, beating the average corn…Read more »