Month: June 2010

Canadian Beef Regains Market Access in China – Ted Haney, President of CBEF

As we discuss quite often in the Beef Market Update with Anne Dunford, Canada is very dependent on the ability to export beef.  As everyone knows the market place changed in 2003 when the first case of BSE was discovered in Canada.  Over time Canada has been battling to regain its export markets to normalize… Read more »

Wheat School: Bring Out the Artillery Because You’ve Got Army Worms

It seems that the amount of pests that can have a negative impact on our wheat fields is never ending. In this weeks episode of the Wheat School we are going to discuss army worms. Army worms can cause significant yield loss in a wheat crop and also impact neighboring crops like corn or canola… Read more »

Versatile Goes Out On The Power Drive 2010

I am intrigued by neat and cool ideas. While at the Farm Progress Show in Regina, I encountered a really interesting simple marketing concept that gives farmers the opportunity to evaluate machinery more accurately. Versatile is traveling across North America on the Versatile Power Drive 2010.  Essentially this is an opportunity for farmers and ranchers… Read more »

Beef Market Update – The Impact of the Wet Weather on Ranchers and FeedYards – Anne Dunford

Not only does wet weather impact the grain and oilseed markets but it also has an impact on the livestock markets.  Feedyards and ranches are in the elements which means with cattle in the elements the impact of dry or wet weather is definitely a factor in the profitability of the producer. Anne Dunford and… Read more »

What to Consider When Buying a Grain Cart

In the United States grain carts have been very popular for quite some time. In Canada they are really catching on and becoming more common.  As explained to me by Shawn Berry, Territory Manager, Unverferth, the grain cart provides increased productivity to the farm because the combine never stops to unload the hopper.  Unloading on… Read more »

Canola School: Assessing Flea Beetle Damage

In this episode of the Canola School, Troy Prosofsky discusses the impact that the flea beetle is having on the Western Canadian canola crop.  Troy also talks about the evaluation of flea beetle damage and when or when not to spray to control the pest. Flea Beetles can be terrible pests and if the damage… Read more »

Does Canada Need Bill C-474? – Interview With MP Alex Atamanenko, NDP

Earlier this week I published an interview with David Sippell the President of CSTA regarding Bill C-474. Some people emailed me with positive and negative responses to the bill.  I decided to find out more by interviewing the man that has initiated this private members bill.  This also answers criticism from some of you that… Read more »

Canola School: Crusting Can Negatively Impact Your Stand

Many people think that if farmers get moisture you are ensured success. Well this year is proving that moisture can also bring challenges. One of those challenges is crusting (see picture below). Canola has a hard time penetrating any crust. This year the crust in many areas seems to be worse than usual and growers… Read more »