Year: 2009

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 »

AgriTrade 2009: Single Shoot vs. Double Shoot Openers

I was at AgriTrade in Red Deer, Alberta on Wednesday and I talked to Dave Bergen from GEN Manufacturing about some of the key things a farmer should keep in mind when deciding to use single shoot or double shoot openers.

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 »

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 »