With this weeks announcement that Monsanto is buying Westbred LLC it is very clear that the biotech industry will have a say in the future direction of the wheat breeding business. As I have mentioned on this site before, pull type traits like drought and nitrogen use efficiency will be big components of the Monsanto… Read More

I just love the idea of farmers filming videos during the growing season.  It is a great way to showcase the pride that farmers take in their operation.  This is a great video from a great friend and one my top customers, Serfas Farms.  They are based in Turin, Alberta and grow grow wheat, barley,… Read More

Harry Siemens of SiemensSays.com provides this pictoral commentary of the wet situation in Manitoba, Minnesota and North Dakota. On the weekend certain areas had 3 more inches of rain which is causing great difficulties for the land that did get planted. Harry points out that the land with the best drainage is showing the best… Read More

This morning the USDA provided an updated planting report and the market was taken for a ride lower due to above expected corn and wheat acres. The following is commentary from Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions and Stephan Gmehlin of Farms.comBelow is Jon Driedger of FarmLink Marketing Solutions commentary.The corn acres was the big… Read More

This spring, I met with Lillian Schaer of FoodandFarmingCanada.com , to discuss some of the issues related to the urban pesticides ban in Ontario. I was first exposed to this issue during an interview that I did with Jay Bradshaw, President of Syngenta Canada. The following is an update on the situation.The following was Submitted… Read More

Early irrigation management is very important to achieving yield targets. Matt Stanford of the Canola Council of Canada, provides great insight into how to properly manage your irrigation early on. Matt demonstrates the proper way to check for moisture and how to manage your wheel moves or pivots.

In todays Beef Market Update, Anne Dunford of the Gateway Livestock Exchange, talks about the US Cattle of Feed Report that was released last week and some of the outcomes to be expected from it through the summer. Please take the time to check out the services that Gateway Livestock Exchange provides to its clients.

On Monday afternoon I had the opportunity to sit down with Jon Driedger, a market analyst with FarmLink Marketing Solutions in Winnipeg. A day before the Canadian StatsCan acreage Report was released, Jon provided great insight into the dynamics facing the grains, oilseeds and pulse markets this summer and fall in North America. A special… Read More

Yesterday, the US Cattle on Feed Report was released and in my opinion they should get the attention of producers but also consumers.  To get a better handle of the situation I asked Kevin Grier of the George Morris Center, to provide a summary: –Cattle and calves on feed inventory was 4 percent below June 1, 2008…. Read More

There is increased press and interest in the concept of “urban farms.” The preached benefits are community support, less fossil fuel use and the ever popular “its safer food.”Where I think we have crossed the line of common sense is that some cities in Ontario allow back yard chicken coops for urban egg production. People… Read More