Month: April 2010

My Weekend At the Horse Show

Last week I had to attend a horse show in Red Deer with my wife.  For those of you that know me well, you are fully aware that I am by no means a cowboy or even a hobby horse person.  I used to own a pair of cowboy boots but I sold them in… Read more »

Wheat School: Testing Durum for Pasta Quality at CIGI

Durum is a crop that many Canadian wheat growers identify with and take pride in.  Canada is a major global supplier of high quality durum to the marketplace.  Many times we focus on the production and marketing of durum but not what happens at processing. I got a great opportunity while I was at CIGI… Read more »

Serfas Farms Steps Up Seed Treating with the USC LP2000

My family’s seed business has seen a dramatic change in the importance of treating cereal seed on our customer’s farms. With the increase in research and commitment to ensuring seed and applicator safety the products available to the market have changed drastically. The products are not the only things changing these days. In order to… Read more »

Canola School: Don’t Seed Too Deep

Last week, we discussed seeding speed and the need to keep your seeder at an adequate speed to achieve desired productivity but not lose the accuracy required to get the proper plant emergence and stand.  In terms of seeding depth a rule that I was taught long ago is that the smaller the seed, the… Read more »

Wheat School: What is CIGI?

Have you heard of CIGI? Do you know what CIGI does?  Does the Canadian International Grain Institute make a difference for Canadian farmers and industry?  You bet!!! I recently stopped at CIGI’s office in Winnipeg and had a great time learning about what CIGI is and what they do.  I had what I thought was… Read more »

Why is Canada Having So Many Market Access Issues?

This week I attended the Canada Grains Council Meeting and listened to a very interesting day of reports on the market access issues that Canada is facing.  Unless you have been in Phoenix all winter I am sure that you have not missed the whole Triffid flax issue that has thrown a real wrench in… Read more »

Canola School: Dealing with Market Access Issues for Canadian Canola

At the recent Canada Grains council meeting a listened to a full day of discussions around Canada’s market access issues  across all the main crop types.  The recent market access issues with canola are well documented and continue to challenge the countries trade attempts. With 85-95% of Canada’s canola crop getting exported, trade is very… Read more »

Utilizing Pre-Seed Burn Off

By Garth Donald, Dynagra So how important is a pre-seed burn off? That question gets asked to me and others in the industry all the time. It can be one of the most important things when it comes to certain weeds and density of weeds. Let€™s start with a favourite of most farmers in Alberta,… Read more »

Canola School: Why Seeding Speed is Important

Seeding equipment continues to get larger and larger which allows for more acres to be covered in a day.  Even with the larger equipment some farmers still find it hard to control the speed of the tractor just so they can say that they covered so many acres in a day.  Everyone needs to remember… Read more »

Weather Outlook For Canada – David Phillips – Environment Canada

Is there anything that occupies more time in discussions for farmers than the weather.  Farmers depend on the weather.  It either makes us or breaks us in most years.  It is not only the amount of heat or moisture that we get but also the timing that is just as important.  Look at this weeks… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Anne Dunford

Its nice to actually experience some profits in the feeding business. The question is whether this will continue through the spring or fade away and leave us wondering what happened. With April producing short supplies and barbeque season a month away, the result has been some badly needed profits for the sector.  For the Canadian… Read more »

What is the Future of Agriculture – Bob Treadway

As a futurist Bob Treadway spends a lot of time thinking about the future. Some people ponder the past and analyze why things happened while Bob tries to consider and analyze what is going to happen in the future.  The debate on the future of agriculture is an ongoing discussion and many have differing opinions…. Read more »

Wheat School: The Difference Between Fusarium and Vomitoxin

Last week we discussed the topic of fusarium.  Based on the popularity of this One of the frequent confusions is that there is actually a difference between fusarium and vomitoxin.   Some people do not understand that you can have fusarium without vomitoxin. Both are issues that are affecting farmers and their ability to market… Read more »