Month: May 2011

Eastern Weather Forecast – Drew Lerner

Farmers across the eastern provinces may finally be getting a break from the extreme moisture thats been flooding parts of Quebec and delaying planting for farmers in parts of Ontario. It may be uncomfortably humid, but a welcome change from soaked homes and fields. How will the rest of the Spring shape up? What can… Read more »

Western Weather Forecast – Drew Lerner – World Weather Inc.

Moisture, too much or too little has been the general weather description across the West this year. We have had floods that have covered thousands of acres in Manitoba and caused land to go unseeded and people and animals to be evacuated from affected areas and excessively dry conditions like in the Peace River region… Read more »

Manitoba Wet Weather a Challenge for Cattle Producers – Lionel Kaskiw – MAFRI

Wet weather and flood conditions have packed a punch this year in Manitoba. While the effect on cropland has been tremendous, the effect on cattle producers has been widespread as well. This is the time of year when producers move cattle to pasture, but this year, a great deal of pastureland is underwater or soaked… Read more »

Canola School – Taking Appropriate Measures for Cutworms – Dr Lloyd Dosdall

Most people think, with wet, cool conditions, cutworms are not a problem. For the most part that’s true, but the cutworm is a very diverse insect with many different species and types. This makes it difficult to typify their behaviour as a whole and risky to ignore them just because of the weather. They can… Read more »

Wheat School: Selecting Nozzles for Fungicide Application To Maximize Effectiveness

With the supremely wet weather that has been significantly delaying corn and soybean. Another one of the impacts of this wet weather is the need to consider fungicides for your wheat crop.  Wet conditions tend to bring on disease and that can dampen your yield expectations if not handled accordingly. Phil Needham is a leading… Read more »

AgNerds Episode IV – App Suggestions for Farmers

The business world has gone mobile. From the smartphone to the rise of the tablet and the advent of the cloud server, people want, and can get their information anywhere and anytime. Agriculture is no different. Long hours in the tractor can now be ( fortunately or unfortunately ) long hours at the office. Every… Read more »

Beef Market Update – US Cattle Market Fundamentals Provide Bearish Outlook

Its sometimes staggering how quickly the mood of a market can change. With US cattle on feed placements being higher by 10% compared to a year ago the resulting plethora of beef to move to the market means lower prices in the short term. Canadian cattle feeders are getting the benefit of a very narrow… Read more »

Talking to Farmers – Dealing With Wet Conditions in Manitoba

This spring has been an especially tough one for farmers in Manitoba. Wet conditions and the flooding brought on by excessive moisture have added stress upon stress to farmers looking at back to back seasons where water was a major issue. Unprecedented flood waters have spilled over the banks of the Assiniboine River onto thousands… Read more »

Goodbye CWB Single Desk…Hello Marketing Choice

By Kevin Serfas, Farmer in Southern Alberta Its one of those moments in time where you say, “where were you when Princess Diana passed away?” Recently we had another where you moment when the Federal Conservatives were re-elected with a majority government.  I can definitely tell you where I was…… It was May 2 and… Read more »

The G20 Will Talk About Global Food Issues for the First Time – Robynne Anderson, Emerging Ag Inc

The G20 may be dealing with one of the most universally concerning issues its ever faced as it attempts to address the wild swings in food prices across the globe. The developing world is most urgently in need of help as the prices of basic staples have reached levels previously unheard of. Political unrest, malnutrition… Read more »

Ag-Media RoundTable – A Challenging Spring Across Canada

In case missed it….the 2011 spring is providing to be a real challenge across the country. It is wet everywhere except for Northern Alberta. Areas like Southern Alberta are over 75% seeded while parts of Ontario have only 40% of the corn planted and 5% soybeans.  Eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba have major issues while Peace… Read more »