Month: September 2009

The New Site Has Arrived

After much anticipation the new design for RealAgriculture.com has arrived.  We can now take this great concept to some new heights as we explore the world of agriculture.  I look forward to the future of the site and look forward to your feedback.  You will notice immediately that there are some changes to the new… Read more »

How Ontario and the West are Different

I recently traveled to Ontario to attend some meetings that pertained to my seed business. I had a great time and was hosted by some great companies and people. The real treat was getting to spend some time with local retailers and farmers from all over Ontario. I always enjoy spending time with farmers and… Read more »

Why is Everyone Interested in Wheat Breeding?

As I have noted before on this site, this summer has been very interesting in terms of the changing landscape in wheat research and breeding. Monsanto, Bayer, and Syngenta are all engaged in the wheat breeding game. I have received, many emails from readers, asking the same question. “What will this mean for my farm… Read more »

Dave Zino – What is the NCBA Culinary Center

Dave Zino is the Executive Director of the NCBA Beef Culinary Center in Chicago. I had a chance to meet Dave at the Elanco Beef Consultants Forum 2009 in Banff earlier this month. Dave is a truly fascinating guy who has a real passion for how beef is cooked and trying to educate the public… Read more »

RIP Norman Borlaug – A Great Man Discovers Greener Pastures

The following article was published on Farms.com and Truthabouttrade.org. It was written by Dean Kleckner, an Iowa farmer, who chairs Truth About Trade & Technology Norman Borlaug once told me that he would trade away all of his life€™s accomplishments just for the chance to play second base for the Chicago Cubs.Thank goodness he couldn’t… Read more »

American Dairymen Have the Blues

The US dairy industry is really struggling to survive. Milk prices are depreciated which is causing significant financial hardship. In Canada, this seems to a bit of a foreign concept considering that Canadian dairies are supply managed. The current situation will definitely provide argument from the US to file to WTO and will entice Canadian… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – 09-16-2009

Anne breaks down the Alberta – saskatchewan Cattle on feed Report and how the bearish feed market may be offset by the volatile Canadian Dollar.  I also ask whether or not there are cattle to be placed in feedlots at lockable profits.  Anne also discusses the impact that the US dairy situation has had on… Read more »

What is Left in the Soil After the 2009 Season

By Garth Donald, CCA, Western Canadian Manager of Agronomy, DynagraVRTWith this being a very trying year with a lot of challenges along the way, a large question emerges. What is left in my soil for nutrients? This is a very good question because some areas were very dry and produced below average yields. Others were… Read more »

BioFuel Beat – Local Application for Leading European Biogas Technology

By Erik Vandist, Renewable Energy Division Manager, Trimark Engineering Europe is a world leader in the development of advanced renewable energy technologies. In the early summer of 2009, a delegation from Lethbridge, Alberta-based Trimark Engineering toured a biogas facility near Venice, Italy. The purpose of the visit was to investigate an advanced biogas technology suitable… Read more »

Is Winter Wheat a Silage Option?

Ross McKenzie discusses if winter wheat is a good silage option. More and more farmers are curious if winter wheat will be good for silage. From a time management stand point, Ross thinks definitely.

Animal Activists Cross the Line with Novartis

One of the great things about living in North America is that you can share your opinion freely. Whether you read this blog or others that share the counter point, you can provide opinion without fear of being burned at the stake or put on a firing line. This morning I was on Twitter and… Read more »

Canola School: When Should I Swath My Canola

This year, perhaps more than ever, swath timing is critical for all varieties of canola. With the cold soil temperatures and dry spring and summer, there are many canola fields in Alberta and across Western Canada that are in a variety of stages and maturing at different times. Multistaged canola can make it difficult to… Read more »

TIME Article Proves People Are Not Interested in Facts

I had a subscription to TIME magazine and I will be cancelling it based on the unfounded rhetoric the magazine has recently published. Writer Brian Walsh penned the cover story entitled, “The Real Cost of Cheap Food.” To say that this one sided article has raised the ire of the agricultural industry would be an… Read more »