Month: March 2011

Episode 1 – AgMedia Roundtable – Lyndsey Smith and Claire Cowan

This is a new segment on RealAgriculture.com that we are hoping you like because it is going to be a lot of fun for us to make and you to view.  Based on the way that agricultural media has been cut back on TV and radio, many farmers do not have a “real person” understanding… Read more »

Seeding Intentions & Timing in Manitoba

There is no doubt that this year farmers in the Red River Valley region of Manitoba will be watching water levels closely. An above average amount of snow this winter as well as runoff from upstream could mean trouble for anyone caught in the flood plains. A slow melt so far has helped brighten the… Read more »

Where Does Agriculture Fit Into the 2011 Federal Election – Richard Phillips

It is maybe the most unpopular election in the history of Canada but elections provide opportunities. For groups or industries trying to get their message communicated to politicians and the general public, elections provide the opportunity to make quick progress. Will agriculture even make the debates? If agriculture does get discussed, what will be the… Read more »

The Future of Water Management in Alberta with Roger Holm

As kids we used to laugh about people who bought bottled water. Who would pay for water! How about every nation on the planet. We need water on just about every level imaginable. It is a commodity that affects all other commodities. Droughts hurt crops, poor crops hurt supplies, demand for those supplies, in the… Read more »

The Eighth Deadly Sin

By Dick Haney There is now an eighth deadly sin – the sin of allowing ourselves to be fearful because of sensationalism and misinformation. The seven deadly sins which are anger, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony have been used to define those human shortcomings and pitfalls that we all face and must deal… Read more »

Claire Cowan Reviews the GFO March Classic 2011

The Grain Farmers of Ontario held their March Classic conference early this week with a sense of cautious optimism. Most Ontario growers had a great 2010, but echoes of the 2008 season are still lingering with the volatility of commodity prices and the weather situation very much in play. All in all the mood was… Read more »

Wheat School: The Importance of Seed Treatments in Wheat Production – Phil Needham

Originally looked upon as “snake oil” seed treatments have become an integral part of the production system.  For the most part many farmers originally had trouble understanding the value because the action was underground.  Farmers are used to using products like herbicides that kills weeds which is very visual.  The action of seed treatments is… Read more »

The Success of the Costco Value Chain for Farmers

By Jason Stroeve It’s a running joke that while it costs you $55 to $100 dollars a year to get into Costco, it usually costs you at least $200 dollars every time you leave. I like shopping at Costco and apparently so does the rest of the world. If you’re successful at navigating the parking… Read more »

Are All Canadian Farm Shows the Same?

By Shaun Haney Its that time of year that we all take a deep breath. Agricultural tradeshow season is over and now its time to get down to the business of farming.  This winter I have been across the country at the majority of the major farm shows. Many of the tradeshow booths are the… Read more »

Why I Moved My Dairy Farm to the U.S – Ian Cumming

“Those dairy farmers print money!” That’s what a friend of mine says every time the subject of dairy farms comes up. Drive down many roads in Canada and it’s easy to see how that perception was born. Huge brand new facilities, multi-site operations with finely manicured yards and milking parlors with nicer tile most people’s… Read more »

Organic Certification in Canada Needs to Change – Mischa Popoff

If you cannot see the embedded video above click here. There are extreme challenges in the grocery store in trying to decipher all the labelling, marketing and propaganda.  With the current rise in food prices there has been an increased coverage of what food costs in the mainstream media.  Some of the most expensive food… Read more »

Ontario Land Rental Rates Are Rising to Record Highs

When agricultural commodity prices rise there are expected effects. Costs like fertilizer prices and machinery costs are always natural to rise in a rising commodity market. One of the costs that has not been discussed much is rising farmland rent costs. Ontario has some of the highest land rent rates in Canada for the major… Read more »