Month: February 2010

Wheat School: Proper Storage of Wheat

Many times farmers think that once the wheat crop is harvested the pressure is off and it is time to relax.  A lot of things can go wrong inside the bin.  One of the troubles many people have is that they cannot see into the bin.  Ignoring the grain temperature, moisture and some other things… Read more »

What Should the CWB do with the Supply Glut of Durum in 2010

The durum market is very ugly for Western Canadian farmers heading into spring.  There is an abundance of supply in storage and there is a threat of the supply getting larger this Canadian growing season if acres are not reduced or old crop doesn’t get marketed. Durum traditionally has been a crop that has paid… Read more »

Wheat School: Why I Grow Wheat in Ontario

Wheat is a major crop around the world. I believe that there is a wheat harvest happening in every month of the year somewhere in the world. One of the interesting stories about wheat is that it is grown for many different different reasons depending on where you are in the world. For the farmers… Read more »

Dynagra Wins National Award

Consolidation seems to be the reality of doing business today in agriculture. As companies become larger and there are less competitors surviving.   Competing as an independent is a struggle and provides its own set of challenges. Recently at the CAAR convention Dynagra was awarded the ag-retailer of the year award.  Based in Beiseker Alberta,… Read more »

Can Agriculture Avoid the Pitfalls of the Auto Sector

While in London Ontario for the Innovative Farmers of Ontario meeting I listened to a keynote speech given by Dennis DesRosiers.  Dennis is a highly respected automobile industry analyst and he gave a breakdown of what has put the auto sector behind the financial eight ball.  The purpose was for farmers in attendance to draw… Read more »

Who Are the Innovative Farmers of Ontario?

I have always considered farmers to be a very innovative group.  I mean think about those episodes of the Prairie Farm report that showed a guy converting a truck into a high clearance sprayer and it also could be used to mow the grass when needed. This week I spent some time at the Innovative… Read more »

Corn Left Standing in the Snow

I was in Ontario this week and while driving between Palmerston and London I noticed very quickly the corn that has been left in the field over the winter. I am not sure how many acres are still out there but there were several fields along the highway that looked very much like the picture above… Read more »

Are Farms Becoming Too Leveraged?

In early January, I was fortunate to be invited to be involved in a panel discussion on AgVisonTV hosted by Kevin Stewart.  The topic was farm debt and was it was a great experience.  I was joined on the panel by Dr. George Brinkman, a retired agricultural economist at Guelph University and Dina Cover, an Economist at… Read more »

Has Corn Bottomed?

The supply demand report was released this week in the United States.  The result has been a new found bullish feeling in regards to the corn market.  It seems that the volatility in the corn market is going to continue in 2010 based on some of the comments I am hearing from different analysts.  with… Read more »

Part 1 – Mayo Schmidt – The Business of Viterra

Mayo Schmidt is the CEO and President of Viterra.  In 2009 Mayo Schmidt was awarded the top CEO by Canadian Business magazine.  I am very grateful that Viterra granted RealAgriculture this opportunity to get up and close and personal with the man regarded as creating a Canadian based, new global player in the world of… Read more »

I Joined Nick Weber On The Farm

Nick Weber works at Monsanto in St. Louis and has become a great friend of mine on Twitter.  Every week Nick interviews a new person in agriculture on twitter to help communicate the message of agriculture.  He has interviewed people from the beef, crop and special crops sectors. I asked Nick in the following podcast… Read more »

The Importance of a Good Crop Rotation

By Garth Donald, Dynagra As the world grows, the agricultural industry is asked to produce more to help feed the expanding population. The main issue growers face is that urban sprawl is eating up the productive farm land.   We have less arable acres to work with as a result.  Now our crop varieties are getting better for… Read more »