Month: December 2010

Is the New Ag Commodity Price Plateau Real? – Ron Frost

When you turn on the TV or your computer, it is quite common place to hear or read about the new price reality for commodities.  Many of you that have been in this farming game for a long time have heard these kind of comments before. Many people and organizations are wondering if this price… Read more »

Outlook for the Canadian Dollar in the First Quarter of 2011

Do you remember when the Canadian Dollar was sixty cents? Remember when the Canadian Dollar was not volatile and was jokingly called the Canadian Peso. Those were seemingly easier days for many of us that are involved in export or import businesses with the United States.  With the Canadian Dollar holding near par and oil… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Will Santa Bring the Gift of a Profitable 2011 First Quarter

When you look back at 2010 it was a real turnaround year for the cattle markets.  Both the Canadian feedyard and the rancher did quite well considering all the volatility in the marketplace.  We saw higher calf prices and fat prices throughout the fall run which was much needed and required more some people to… Read more »

We Are Talking Christmas Baking!!!!

Its the Christmas season and there is no better way to bring in the holidays than with the AgChat community this coming tuesday.  Even better is the fact that I am moderating this weeks edition of #agchat / #foodchat.  We will be discussing Christmas baking. That’s right I said Christmas baking.  I encourage all of… Read more »

CASE IH Launches the Tier 4 Engine to Meet EPA and CEPA Requirements

Whether you are talking about your car engines or tractor engines, there is a constant push from manufacturers to increase fuel economy and meet new emission requirements without losing performance.  This is not an easy task.  In the field, in tough situations farmers need performance and that extra horsepower that is going to get you… Read more »

The Idea of Farm Worker Unions in Canada is Ridiculous

By Shaun Haney, RealAgriculture.com This week on 60 Minutes they featured Brazil’s rise to world economic super power.  Brazil is the world’s largest producer of iron ore and beef while getting ready to host the Olympics and the World Cup.  Brazil is the competition in agriculture for countries like Canada and the United States.  Countries… Read more »

Review of the CWB Election – Kevin Bender, WCWGA

The Canadian Wheat Board election results are in and we didn’t even need a drum roll. The election was quiet before hand and even quieter after the results. Is there anything to take away from this election of the CWB?  Was this election as boring as it seemed and will voter eligibility changes come next?… Read more »

Is $200/MT the Top For Feed Barley? – Mike Jubinville, Pro Farmer Canada

Last weekend I was at a shop party with many of my neighbours in Picture Butte. Get a bunch of farmers, ranchers and feedyard owners together and what else is there to talk about other than grain prices and hockey. Barley was definitely the topic of discussion at several tables. For me its very interesting… Read more »

Key Trends in Canadian Agriculture for 2011 – Rob Hannam

This week I was reading themonthly edition of the Synthesis – Network E-Newsletter and I was intrigued.  Not only was it the first list for what will happen in 2011 in agriculture, but it also was quite good.  In the list Rob Hannam and his team covered sustainability, cattle markets and economic volatiliity.  This is… Read more »

Succession Saga Part 3 – Your Exit Is All About Timing in the Family Business

By Dick Haney Whether You are Entering or Exiting a Business as General Manager, Timing is Everything. “You got to know when to hold’em, know when to fold’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” Probably many of you have identified these words as part of a song written by Kenny Rogers called… Read more »

Taking Our Place on the Global Agricultural Stage

In November Syngenta celebrated its 10 year anniversary. I’ve been President for nine of those years, and have seen first hand the rapid pace of change taking place across the agricultural landscape in Canada. And change, while often feared, can be a good thing – it can bring with it opportunity. Since 2000, the Canadian… Read more »

Canola Acre Forecast for 2011 – Whats Your Vote?

In Western Canada, canola is the talk of the town at every coffee shop.  Farmers are booking canola seed at a rapid pace to ensure they have seed to plant in 2011.  It would be even more interesting to know for the seed that has been bought, has a higher amount of the commodity crop… Read more »

Global Wheat Outlook – Bruce Burnett, CWB

Across North America everyone is talking about the bullish tone of corn and soybeans. Is wheat going to be the weaker sister in 2011? How much higher will the wheat price have to go to buy some acres back from corn, soybeans, canola and lentils. Some farmers and analysts are even saying that the attention… Read more »