Year: 2009

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 »

New Cattle Price Insurance Program Offers Alberta Producers Much-Needed Protection

The following is the official press release from AFSC on the Cattle Price Insurance Program CPIP. This truly is a revolutionary program that will allow Albertan cattle feeders to hedge some risk. I have not fully investigated the nuts and bolts of the program but I think on the surface it is a great step… 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 »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – 09-01-2009

Anne Dunford discusses the sentiment of the Us and Canadian feedyard owner and the impact that this is having on the feeder cattle market. Anne also breaks down the affect that COOL is having on exports of feeder cattle into the US from Canada and Mexico. See Past Beef Market Updates

Its Harvest Time

Its fall time and that means only one thing…… It’s harvest time. Harvest time is all about long hours, teamwork and lots of windshield time. To make sure that everyone is prepared I have embedded on of my harvest videos from YouTube which was produced by FarmallDiesel a farmer from Wisconsin. This video incorporates great… Read more »

Affects of Modern Farming on the Soil

Dr. Ross McKenzie, from the Lethbridge Research Station provides comments on the affect that modern farming has had on the soil. Some groups maintain that modern farming is destroying our top soil levels and creating adverse compaction, and decreasing organic matter. Others would say that things like organic matte are rising based on modern farming… Read more »

Harvesting the Benefits of Facebook and Twitter

The following article was originally written by Michele Payn Knoper on her blog Cause Matters. Michele is an accomplished professional speaker and writer. Harvest is rapidly approaching, a season filled with measurements of a farmer€™s success. Agriculture needs to look at yields in areas beyond the combines and choppers. One of those needing yield improvement… Read more »

Why Winter Wheat – Ross McKenzie, PhD – Lethbridge Research Station

Ross McKenzie, PhD of the Lethbridge Research Station talks about the agronomic considerations for winter wheat. Ross explains seeding dates, plant populations, nutrient requirements, specific variety considerations and seeding depth. Winter wheat is a great crop with many benefits. Planting winter wheat is a great way to lower the amount of workload in the spring… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford – 08-19-2009

Summer is coming to an end and feedyards are starting to place grass cattle.  Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange talks about the fat cattle and feeder markets are being affected and how the fall may play out for the cattle industry in both Canada and the US.   Anne also predicts what will… Read more »