Month: May 2009

The Two F's: Frost and Flea Beetles

By Garth Donald, CCA,Western Canadian Manager of Agronomy, DynagraI can honestly say that it has been a while since I have been on my hands and knees trying to see if there is any life left in a canola plant but this last week it has occurred more than I would like it to. When… Read more »

H1N1 Is Not A Food Safety Issue

Pigs are a host for the H1N1 virus, and yet while no pigs died directly because of the virus, it was called €œswine flu€ and the news story became focused on food safety. It sprung a lot of attention onto concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) as if the food supply is not safe anymore because… Read more »

Branding Is A Ranching Tradition

By Megan Oleksyn From roping and riding to pulling a calf at 40 below, there are many traditions that go along with the ranching lifestyle. Branding livestock is one of those traditions that is still upheld to this day in Alberta. But when did the smell of burning hair become indicative of a tradition? And… Read more »

Agriculture Enthusiasm Grows With Every Generation

I really enjoy the spring time because it is a great time to interact with farmers as they proceed on a new planting season. The spring is always full optimism for farmers no matter the size of the operation. Big or small I enjoy talking to all customers about their seeding intentions and plans for… Read more »

Biotech Wheat Coalition is Formed to Push the Need For Biotech Wheat

Canadian, Australian and American wheat organizations have formed the Biotech Wheat Coalition “in support for more efficient, sustainable and profitable production of wheat around the world”. See the Joint Statment Here As RealAgriculture.com has discussed before the need for biotech wheat is rising and the usual roadblocks are presenting themselves as discussed by the Canadian… Read more »

Do You Know What Is In Your Ground?

Will spring ever come? That was definitely the question I had to ask everyone today. With the cool weather I figured it was a good day to get my agronomy staff get ready for the scouting season so we went checking some fields for weeds and we found a little bit more that what we… Read more »

Seeding Update is Not Pretty

No matter who you talk to across the Northen US and Canada, seeding is behind schedule. Late seeding can lead to a multitude of challenges for the crop throughout the rest of the year. Whether it is wheat, canola, soybeans or corn many farmers are racing against father time to get this years crop seeded…. Read more »

It Is Not Possible To Get H1N1 From Eating Pork – Dr. Cate Dewey

Since H1N1 became an issue there has been a lot of speculation and sensationalism around whether or not it is safe to consume pork. We even had a hog farm in Alberta quarantined to contain the virus from spreading to neighboring farms. I first saw Dr. Cate Dewey, University of Guelph, on the CBC National… Read more »

Breaking Down the Sustainable vs. Conventional Farming Debate

Tuesday on #agchat there was quite the discussion about many agricultural topics (see the Agwired review). The whole goal of agchat is to discuss the five questions posed by the moderator @mpaynknoper. The goal is not to have specifically a pro GMO or organic discussion but rather a pro agriculture discussion with all stakeholders. I… Read more »

Lets Not Repeat the Same Mistakes With H1N1 As We Did With BSE

In Central Alberta, a 2200 head swine herd is under quarantine after the CFIA confirmed the H1N1 virus presence. According to a press release by the Government of Alberta, the pigs were exposed to the virus by a farm worker who recently returned from Mexico with flu symptoms. I’m just glad to see not only… Read more »

Seeding Videos to Get You in the Mood

Now that seeding is sort of underway across North America I thought I would highlight some YouTube videos that different famers have put together showcasing their seeding efforts. As you watch the videos you can see the pride that each has in their hard work and most importantly the color of the equipment. I would… Read more »

Pork Will Have to Repair Its Brand After H1N1

The H1N1 virus is really causing an issue with the global pork consumers with the weekends announcement that a hog farm in Alberta has been quarantined. Many are asking why a person just returning from Mexico was ever let in the facility in the first place but the biggest concern is restoring consumer faith in… Read more »

Seeding by 1000 Kernel Weight Ensures a Better Plant Stand

This article orginally appeared in the Winter 2004 edition of the Haney Farms Quarterly Traditionally farmers have always thought of planting their crop in terms of bushels per acre. Bushels have been a unit of measure that we have felt comfortable with in the past because it was a function of pounds. For example, one… Read more »