Month: October 2009

Reaction to the CWB Pool Return Outlook – Jonathon Driedger

Last Thursday the Canadian Wheat Board released the October Pool Return Outlook.  There is a lot of discussion that the oilseed story will continue into next year and the pool return outlook seems to be supporting this. I discussed the Pool Return Outlook with Jonathon Driedger, Market Analyst with Farm Link Marketing Solutions. Reaction to… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford

Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange breaks down the recent bounce off the bottom for the cattle market and whether or not she can see this market continuing upward into December and the spring. See Past Beef Market Updates

Ontario Harvest Report – Doug Alderman, Pride Seed

With the warmest September on record it is maybe no surprise that October has been a harvesting nightmare.  Ontario has been receiving its fair share of rain which has resulted in a late soybean harvest and a corn harvest that is just about to begin.  There is a lot of interest in the Ontario corn… Read more »

Alberta Pork’s H1N1 Challenges & Responses

This was originally written by Lillian  Schaer on her blog “Food and Farming Canada“ This post is a continuation from yesterday€™s H1N1 topic that explored Alberta Pork€™s experiences at the centre of the H1N1 media storm earlier this year. The information is based on a presentation I attended by Lee Funke of Torque Communications at… Read more »

Corn and Soybean Market Outlook – Moe Agostino, Farms.com

With harvest in the United States underway and off to a very slow start due to rain,  there is a lot  of discussion regarding the grain and oilseed market outlook.  There has been many factors to consider: Struggling hog and beef sectors could hurt feed grain demand In the US, initial corn yields look very good Ethanol… Read more »

Harvest in the Snow

By Megan Oleksyn Many Western Canada farmers are asking themselves €œWhat next?€ After a dry, cold spring and summer, we are now faced with a wet, cold harvest. When the snow first flew two weeks ago, it was expected to melt and disappear. But now, moving into the middle of October, farmers are hoping not… Read more »

Currency Outlook – Matthew Strauss, RBC Capital Markets

To say that the currency market is volatile would be quite the understatement.  We have seen the USD decrease in value by 15-20% in a very short time period.   The economy has been a well discussed topic in the media, in the local coffee shop and in every boardroom of corporate America.  The weakness in the US dollar (USD)… Read more »

Fertilizer – Things to Consider in the Fall

By Garth Donald, CCA, DynAgraVRT Now that harvest is complete, growers need to start to shift their thoughts to fertilizer. There is a lot to consider with fertilizer in the fall.  Whether it is pre-buying or fall applying the decision is very important. With most growers going to no-till, the practice of fall fertilizing has… Read more »

Is Canadian Agriculture Immune to Economic Fluctuations?

Editors Note: Every stream of media has covered and analyzed the economic turmoil that the globe has experienced over the past twelve months.  I have heard more and more that people believe that agriculture is immune to any downturn in the economy.  Is there such a thing?  Is it possible that agriculture is one of… Read more »

The Tranquility of Harvest

Fall is my favorite season of the year because of the beautiful sunsets, mild weather, kids going back to school, NFL football starts and its HARVEST. Harvest is a great time of year.  Harvest is about the celebration of agriculture.  It is when the fruits of all the farmers hard work is realized.  There are… Read more »

Dr. Daryl Tatum – Meat Production , Meat Quality and Consumer Wants

At the Elanco Beef Consultants Forum this month I had the chance to interview Dr. Daryl Tatum, a meat scientist from Colorado State University.  We had a chance to chat about some of the issues with the gap between consumers and producers with meat quality and production.  Dr.Tatum addressees the issue of the industry achieving efficiencies and… Read more »

Jeff Simmons – Food Economics and Consumer Choice

There was a time when agriculture and food were sacred topics to the public. People were either on the farm or one generation removed which instilled a connection to the source of the food that we eat. In the past five years that has definitely changed as many food activists have begun attacking the large… Read more »

Elanco Beef Consultants Forum Brings Vets and Nutritionists Together

This month I attended the Elanco Beef Consultants forum which included invited vets and beef nutritionists from across Canada and the Northern US. After two days of interacting with this segment of the industry one thing is firmly clear to me. These people deeply care about their customers. Much of the scheduled sessions and informal… Read more »