Year: 2010

CropWeek 2010 – Kevin Hursh Wraps Up CropWeek

Kevin Hursh from Hursh Consulting and Communications, took the time at the end of the exhausting week at CropWeek 2010 to sit down and chat about the week. I discussed with Kevin the highlights and lowlights of the week.  This was definitely a week where people had lots to talk about in the meetings hallways… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Is There Any Incentive To Plant Wheat?

It is no secret that durum prices are less than fantastic.  Spring wheat is currently in somewhat of a better position but has its own issues on the supply side.  Many farmers at CropWeek were really wondering how much durum they would plant this coming spring with the glut that is preventing any probability of… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – What is the Canadian Wheat Boards Stance on WTO and GM Wheat

I talked to Dustin Gosnell, Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Policy,  Canadian Wheat Board about GM wheat and the CWB’s position on the latest WTO issues. Agricultural trade issues are really sensitive and controversial issues right now.  Never mind the trade issues that North America has with China and the other BRIC countries but the… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – What is Important to You When Purchasing a Combine?

Buying a combine has become a much larger decision than in the past.  Combines are a piece of equipment that you use only in the fall but are incredibly important to getting the crop in the bin.  Like most pieces of machinery they have become more sophisticated although the threshing concept is still based on… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Why Independent Opener Systems Make Sense

I have seen some of my grandfather Mehalko’s old farming photos where they were seeding with twelve foot drills.  That twelve foot drill had a relatively inaccurate rate seeding tool and it was fairly difficult to manage depth.  All of this and not to mention the open cab. I visited the SeedHawk booth to check… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – The Powerful Impact of Inoculants

In my opinion, inoculants are a very interesting product.  Products like Nodulator fix Nitrogen which has benefits for this years soybean or pulse crop but also has extreme benefits for next years cereal crop to. Its one of those amazing innovations in agriculture that we take for granted sometimes until you really sit down and… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – New Developments in RTK Technology

In my mind precision farming really is increasing efficiency to levels or grandfathers never imagined.  One of the tools used by some is RTK.  RTK is incredibly accurate down to the inch.  I saw this last year with my own eyes when a customer of mine seeded his winter wheat inter row (between last years… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Why You Might Consider Using ESN on Your Farm

Last year at this time you could not talk to any farmer in North America without talking about fertilizer.  Fertilizer is still a hot topic but it is more centred now around variable rate technology or products like ESN.  ESN allows farmers to apply more fertilizer at seeding time due to the timed slow release… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – The Benefits of Grain Vacs

At one time we mainly used shovels to move grain.  When the auger was invented it was a huge innovation for not only moving grain but also for saving the backs of farmers.  At CropWeek there was more augers than you would believe.  The auger is no longer the only way to move grain today… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Denise Maurice – The Research Initiatives of the Canola Council of Canada

A famous saying is that, “Knowledge is power.”  One of the ways that we acquire knowledge is through research.  We must engage research in order to make sure that we continue to learn and improve on the way we did things yesterday. Denice Maurice is the Vice President of Crop Production at Canola Council of… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Gary Pike – A Closer Look at 2010 in Agriculture

Gary Pike is the founder of the Pike Management Group and has a fabulous reputation for helping farmers become more efficient, productive and profitable.  I know several farmers that are members of Gary’s group and speak very highly of his data platform and business management advice.  As many of you are experiencing, farming has become… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Todd Hyra – Midge Tolerant Wheat Becomes Reality

Wheat midge has great impact on wheat growers in many areas.  This year will  be the first year that farmers will be able to purchase midge tolerant varieties.  There are three different varieties right now and more in the pipeline.  It is critical that as an industry we properly manage this great new innovation in… Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Brian Ellis – The New G40 Graham Seed Treater

Treating your seed has become much more popular through the years as products become safer for the user and the environment.  No longer looked upon as snake oil by farmers, seed treatments provide another form of insurance to getting a great yield.  Whether it is corn, soybeans, canola or cereals, farmers are seeing the benefits…. Read more »

CropWeek 2010 – Ron Brand – The Potential of Glenn Wheat

Fusarium has become a massive concern for many wheat growers on the prairies.  Fortunately many plant breeders in both Canada and the US are truly focused on providing higher tolerances in new varieties.  Many potential agronomic issues can be solved thru plant breeding but the challenge is that it takes time.  Plant breeding is not… Read more »