Month: November 2009

Take the Time to Thank a Farmer

This week is Thanksgiving in the United States which brings family together to share thanks for many of the things in our lives.  This year many of my friends on twitter engaged in “thank a farmer” to make sure that people in agriculture feel recognized and appreciated for the things they do.  Whether it is calving… Read more »

Beef Market Update – What Will Save This Turn in the Cattle Market

This fall is proving to test the real intestinal fortitude of the cattleman in the United States and Canada.  With feeding losses mounting and demand not recovering in the early winter months, the outlook looks extremely strained.  Traditionally cattleman have been internal optimists but this turn of feeding has challenged all of that and more…. Read more »

CWB Responds to Privacy Allegations

Over the weekend, a story broke about the  privacy leaks by the Canadian Wheat Board to third parties such as Revenue Canada and grain companies. The most controversial of issues around this is not the information that was supplied but that the CWB could not provide a good reason as to why the information was… Read more »

Canola Companies Get Creative

Winter time brings the end of harvest and the beginning of the crop input selling season. With this comes flyers, trade shows, and farmer events. This selling season has produced two very cool and creative commercials or videos for canola seed. One is produced by Bayer and the other is by Canterra Seeds.  Both do… Read more »

The Seed Industry Focuses on Innovation

I attended the Canadian Seed Trade Meeting this week in Montreal. Every year the Canadian seed trade gets together to discuss the issues affecting the industry and meet within the industry to discuss business deals.  The seed industry has many issues affecting it currently. Between flax exports, potential introduction of transgenic wheat, pollen flow and… Read more »

The Economics of Certified Seed

By Garth Donald, DynagraVRT Farmers look at many costs when they are making a crop plan. But the one thing I always hear from a lot of growers is that certified seed doesn€™t pay year after year. Coming from Manitoba to Alberta back in 1997 I wondered why there were not more seed growers and… Read more »

AgriTrade 2009: Glyphosate Damage & Peas

I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked Sarah Foster from 20/20 Seed Labsabout how they are finding lower germination results in peas this winter due to glyphosate damage.  It is essential that you test your saved seed before you make any plans on planting.  Planting high quality seed is critical to giving yourself… Read more »

Should Canadian Pork and Beef Be Supply Managed? – Kevin Grier

When an industry struggles financially, it becomes necessary to re-evaluate how business is done.  The beef industry has struggled since the discovery of BSE in 2003 and the pork industry has felt the financial pain from the H1N1 pandemic.  One solution being circulated in the coffee shops across the country is to make either of… Read more »

Early Results of Seed Quality From Fall 2009 – Trevor Nysetvold

Trevor Nysetvold from BioVision Seed Lab, talks about some of the early seed quality results from the fall 2009 harvest.  Obviously harvest is dragging on for many producers but Trevor says that the early results are interesting.  Trevor talks about germination and fusarium results so far. Trevor recommends sampling procedures for farmers to get the… Read more »