Month: June 2009

USDA Planting Report Jolts the Market

This morning the USDA provided an updated planting report and the market was taken for a ride lower due to above expected corn and wheat acres. The following is commentary from Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions and Stephan Gmehlin of Farms.comBelow is Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions commentary.The corn acres was the big… Read more »

Cosmetic Pesticides Banned in Ontario

This spring, I met with Lillian Schaer of FoodandFarmingCanada.com , to discuss some of the issues related to the urban pesticides ban in Ontario. I was first exposed to this issue during an interview that I did with Jay Bradshaw, President of Syngenta Canada. The following is an update on the situation.The following was Submitted… Read more »

CANOLA SCHOOL: Early Irrigation Management

Early irrigation management is very important to achieving yield targets. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada, provides great insight into how to properly manage your irrigation early on. Matt demonstrates the proper way to check for moisture and how to manage your wheel moves or pivots.

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford- Gateway Livestock Exchange

In todays Beef Market Update, Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange, talks about the US Cattle of Feed Report that was released last week and some of the outcomes to be expected from it through the summer.   Please take the time to check out the services that Gateway Livestock Exchange provides to its clients.  

US Cattle on Feed Report: Kevin Grier, George Morris Center

Yesterday, the US Cattle on Feed Report was released and in my opinion they should get the attention of producers but also consumers.  To get a better handle of the situation I asked Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, to provide a summary:   –Cattle and calves on feed inventory was 4 percent below June 1,… Read more »

When "Urban Farms" Cross the Line

There is increased press and interest in the concept of “urban farms.” The preached benefits are community support, less fossil fuel use and the ever popular “its safer food.”Where I think we have crossed the line of common sense is that some cities in Ontario allow back yard chicken coops for urban egg production. People… Read more »

Hog Support is a Struggle in Manitoba

Talking to hog producers in Manitoba, there is a real head scratching issue taking place. Hog producers are strongly criticizing the provincial government for not stepping up to compensate hog farmers for this terrible economic environment. The province think that it is a Federal government issue but others disagree. My friend journalism friend Harry Siemens… Read more »

Canola School: Creating a Spraying Strategy

Weed Identification is key before you spray your canola crop.  Depending on whether you have a glyphosate, liberty or clearfield tolerant variety, your spraying strategy may be different depending on what weeds are in the field.  In this edition o the Canola School Matt Stanford of the Canola Council talks about how forming a spraying strategy is… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – Gateway Livestock Exchange

Today, Anne Dunford, General Manager, Gateway Livestock Exchange talked to me about the North American cattle industry. This is the first edition of the RealAgriculture.com Beef Market Update. In my continuing effort to increase the content I require your feedback to keep improving the site. When it comes to explaining what is happening in the… Read more »

Food Education is Important to Agriculture's Future

Food education is something that is very lacking in today’s’ society. Sorting out the definitions of organic, natural, transgenic, or biotech can be a bit hefty for those of us in the industry…never mind the consumer. Much of what we see at the grocery store today is more about marketing than anything to do with… Read more »

Canola School: Plant Stand Counts

Plant stand is very important and in this segment of the Canola School, Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada talks post seeding evaluation work that needs to be done.  Matt also talks about some of the adversity canola growers have been experiencing this year with seeding and plant stands across Western Canada.  … Read more »