Year: 2009

Beef Market Update – The Surging Canadian Dollar Wrecks Havoc on the Business

In this instalment of the beef market update, Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange talks about the impact of the surging Canadian dollar.  Anne talks about the familiarity of this story referencing what happened in the fall of 2007 and whether it will happen again. There has been a lot of discussion about the… 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 »

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 »