Month: August 2010

Is Western Canada Doomed For An Early Frost – David Phillips, Environment Canada

How many coffee shops in Western Canada are talking about the fall weather.  Will we get an early frost?  Does late spring mean early fall?  Can September be the hottest month of the year again?  Weather is always something that occupies a farmers mind because the timing is so critical.  For example, if we have… Read more »

Pasture Brush Control Using Goats

By Megan Oleksyn Recently I attended the Western Stock Growers€™ Association€™s (WSGA) summer meeting, this year held in Donalda, AB. Why Donalda, you ask? I asked the same question after I got out my google map and found out just where Donalda was. The answer to €˜why Donalda?€™ really intrigued me.  In this small Alberta… Read more »

Commentary on Canadian Agriculture – Jeffrey Simpson, Globe and Mail

One of the huge perks of this job is my ability to meet and interact with cool interesting people from across the country. I have had a chance to hear Jeffrey Simpson speak twice this summer. Jeffrey is the national affairs columnist at the Globe and Mail and also has received the Order of Canada… Read more »

What Alberta Will Learn From Ontario Eventually

By Shaun Haney One of the things that I enjoy the most about my ability to travel across the country is the knowledge, opinions and perspectives that I get to gather from farmers from many different backgrounds. I hear many things from many people that are very intriguing, stimulating and incredibly thought provoking. I really… Read more »

Wheat School: Give Your Head A Shake – Peter Johnson, OMAFRA

Peter Johnson, Cereal Specialist with OMAFRA thinks that farmers in Ontario that are not seeding wheat need to give their heads a shake.  Having wheat in your rotation has major benefits in terms of agronomics and profitability. According to Peter, wheat is the crop providing the biggest addition to the bottom line on the farm this fall…. Read more »

Is the Canadian Recession Over & How Does Canada Combat a Par Dollar? – Glen Hodgson, Conference Board of Canada

You cannot turn the TV on most nights during the nightly news without hearing some sort of commentary on the state of the Canadian economy. Agriculture is very reliant on the health of the consumer. Farmers are trying to decipher job reports, GDP growth, interest rates, CPI and a dozen other economic indicators. One of… Read more »

Jack Hayden, Alberta Minister of Agriculture Says the Future of the Cattle Industry is Bright

Last week at the international livestock congress I heard many speeches about the past, present and future of the canadian cattle industry. At the beginning of congress the Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development welcomed the delegates to Calgary and wished them the best at their conference. Due to the fact Mr. Hayden is… Read more »

Is BlackJack Safer than Pesticides?

By Shaun Haney On Tuesday night I was following my usually routine of watching the National on CBC before I go to sleep for the night. One of the leading stories was about the Ontario government starting an online casino to compete in this massive market against the likes of Poker Stars and Bodog.  This… Read more »

Canola School: LDM Opens A New Crushing Plant in Yorkton, SK

When selling your crop more buyers bidding is always better.  Adding another high capacity crushing plant to the mix is a great step to one allow for a further expansion of acres and more competition for farmers canola crops. In this episode of the canola school, LDM Foods President, Brian Conn talks about the new… Read more »

My Visit to Manitoba and What I Saw and Heard

By Shaun Haney I spent the day in the Winnipeg area today and it is quite clear that Manitoba is closer to Ontario in the crop cycle than it’s western province neighbours.  In my opinion the crops that I saw are a good two and maybe three weeks ahead of Alberta. I saw many canola… Read more »