Month: July 2009

Canola School: Do I Need To Spray Fungicide

When the canola canopy is thick and moisture is abundant applying fungicide is necessary.  Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada helps you go through the process of why or why not in terms of applying fungicide this season.   See more of the Canola School

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft VP at CCA – The Future Realities of MCOOL

At the International Livestock Congress, I spoke to Dennis Laycraft, Executive Vice President with the Canadian Cattlemans Association about the future realities of MCOOL. Many livestock producers on both sides of the border are very curious at to what will be the impact of this legislation. I have heard several Americans call MCOOL not food… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford- Gateway Livestock Exchange

Now that we are about to move into August its time to start looking towards the fall with some optimism right?  Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange breaks down the beef demand numbers, the US cattle on feed report and what the fall may bring north and south of the border.   More Beef Market Updates

Canola School: What's in the Net

Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada takes a close look at what bugs we find in the bug sweep net.  Cabbage seed pod weevils and lygus bugs can cause real havoc on the canola crop and Matt helps you identify them.  

Canola School: Proper Sweeping Techniques

Finding out what pests are in your canola field starts with sweeping for bugs.  It is essential that you do it correctly if you want to monitor the threshold levels.  Matt Stanford demonstrates the proper technique in the following video.  

ILC 2009: Part 1 – Dr. Bruce German The Future of the Personalized Diet

I firmly believe that the food system and farmers will always adjust to changes in eating patterns in the world.  Dr. Bruce German of the University of California, Davis describes one of these changes. He believes that the notion that there is an ideal diet for everyone is nonsense.  Dr. German feels that creating technologies on and off… Read more »

ILC 2009: Dennis Laycraft – VP at CCA – The History of MCOOL

MCOOL has become a reality for the US, Canadian and beef industry.  Sometimes it is beneficial to better understand an issue or situation by stepping back and examining how we got here.  I asked Dennis Laycraft of the Canadian Cattleman’s Association at the International Livestock Congress to provide me with a history of the MCOOL legislation and what could… Read more »

ILC 2009: Earl Geddes – VP at CWB – Wheat Breeding and the Future of Biotech Wheat

In case you have not been following the story very closely, the debate over biotech wheat is about to restart again. Cereal breeding in North America has been on the downtrend. The past three months have brought wheat breeding investments by Dow Agro, Monsanto and Bayer. These strategic moves are quite obviously being executed so… Read more »

ILC 2009: Barbara Beane – KFC – Food Innovation and Safety in the Chicken Business

With the event of H1N1 poultry food safety has become a very popular topic amongst the general public not just agriculturalists.  At the International Livestock Congress in Calgary, I talked to Barbara Beane of KFC about how KFC is bringing innovative and new products to the marketplace. We also discussed how KFC manages food safety.   Check out additional… Read more »

ILC 2009: Earl Geddes – VP at CWB – Developing Innovative Services and Markets For the Western Canadian Farmers

I had the the opportunity to sit down with Earl Geddes, Vice President of Farmer Services, Canadian Wheat Board at the International Livestock Congress. Earl and I discussed some of the new markets and services being developed by the board for farmers. I also asked Earl about how different demographics are using the boards programs… Read more »

ILC 2009: Dr. David Kohl – How the Top Farmers and Ranchers are Managing Their Operations

At the International Livestock Congress (ILC), Dr. David Kohl spoke about some of the things the top performing farmers and ranchers are doing to survive in this extreme market volatility and global recession.  Dr. Kohl also comments on the differences between Canadian and American farmers.   Check Out More ILC 2009 Content

ILC 2009: Glen Hodgson – What Can We Expect for the Economy, Interest Rates and the Currency Market

In talking to Glen Hodgson of the Conference Board of Canada at the International Livestock Congress, I felt somewhat better about the economy and the outlook through the next 12 months.  Glen is the Chief Economist with the Conference Board of Canada which is Canada’s largest think tank.  In this video, Glen comments on the global recession,… Read more »

Monsanto Buys Westbred LLC

With this weeks announcement that Monsanto is buying Westbred LLC it is very clear that the biotech industry will have a say in the future direction of the wheat breeding business. As I have mentioned on this site before, pull type traits like drought and nitrogen use efficiency will be big components of the Monsanto… Read more »