Month: April 2011

Canola School – Dealing with Low Soil Temperatures – Anastasia Kubinec – MAFRI

In some areas of the country, whether on time or late, farmers will have to deal with seeding into cool, wet soil conditions. As we approach the 1st of May, farmers who haven’t seeded yet may be looking at planting canola in less than ideal conditions just to get the crop in the ground. The… Read more »

The Opportunities for African Agriculture – Robynne Anderson

Africa is a place that is rich in culture and beauty and immense in geographical scope and diversity. It also represents some huge potential in terms of agricultural production. Africa has a very large and diverse land base. The challenges facing the development of that land base need to be addressed and overcome in order… Read more »

Should You Pre-Buy Your Diesel Fuel Now For Harvest – Gordy Elliott

Is it just me or does it seem like if some guy tips over a gerry can, the price of fuel goes up? Don’t get me wrong, the situation in the Middle East is serious stuff and should concern us, but on a different level. Will it warrant a two dollar a litre price?  Granted,… Read more »

Agriculture Will Have to Step Up For the Winnipeg Jets to Survive

By Shaun Haney Many people in Manitoba are very excited about the possibility of the NHL returning to Winnipeg in the fall.  There is very good reason to be excited and euphoric about the team that could return from Phoenix after no one ever thought that they would return.  One of the concerns about the… Read more »

Wheat School – The Destruction of Wheat Midge – Scott Meers

Wheat midge is something that traditionally, farmers in Alberta have not been too concerned about. It was always more of a Saskatchewan issue. Over the past few years however, as we have moved to wetter springs and summers, conditions have changed enough for the pest to become a greater concern. Wheat midge is a pest… Read more »

The Eastern Canada Spring 2011 Forecast – Drew Lerner

Weather forecasting is a tricky business. It’s also a good news, bad news business. Drew Lerner is the perfect fit for that business. He’s very good at predicting weather patterns, and he’s such a nice guy that it helps take the edge off of any of the bad news. Drew Lerner owns and operates World… Read more »

Brandon Abel on DDG Movement & Price Outlook

Over the past few years U.S. DDGs have worked their way more and more into Western Canadian livestock rations. The energy value is good, the starch content is less, helps to prevent acidosis in cattle, improved feed conversions and the quality and yield grades of carcasses remain unaffected when switching from traditional rations. Another big… Read more »

Will the Never Ending Winter in Western Canada End Soon? – Drew Lerner

Predicting the weather in these parts is hard, predicting it accurately is harder, but delivering that forecast is sometimes the hardest part of all. Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news. Try being a meteorologist delivering the forecast for “spring” on the prairies. Drew Lerner runs World Weather Incorporated, a weather information service… Read more »