Month: July 2011

Canola School: The Impact of Heat Stress on Canola – Murray Hartman

When you consider the temperatures across the prairies even a month ago, it’s hard to believe we’d be here now talking about the effects of high temperature on canola. That’s the nature of life on the prairies though. While prolonged periods of high heat may not be in the cards for most of the prairies,… Read more »

Bayer CropScience Teams with Ducks Unlimited to Increase Winter Wheat Acres & Help Conservation Efforts

A number of industry partners came together in Lacombe, Alberta in an effort to promote winter wheat production as a good choice for producers from both an economic and an environmental perspective. Bayer CropScience, Agrium and the Alberta Winter Wheat Producers Commission have partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada in an effort to help in conservation… Read more »

Canola School – The Importance of Fungicide in a Cropping Plan – Courtney Stephenson, Bayer CropScience

Wet conditions over the past few years have brought the importance of fungicide back on to the producers radar. Those conditions are the final piece of the puzzle diseases like sclerotinia need to get established and cause real damage to canola. The devastating results of fungal diseases are helping producers to realize the importance of… Read more »

Controlled Traffic Farming Year 2 – Steve Laroque

If you talk about controlled traffic farming in Alberta, you’ll only come up with a handful of names of farmers involved in the practice. Steve Laroque is one of those farmers. We talked to Steve a while back about his involvement in controlled traffic farming and why he thought it had the potential to fit… Read more »

Morris Offers Input Control With a Mechanical Drive System

When you’re looking at controlling costs on the farm, the issue of overlapping with seed and fertilizer can be a big one. Especially in crops like canola, over seeding and over application of fertilizer can have a very negative impact on growth and development and end up being very costly for the farmer. Controlling that… Read more »

Weatherfarm Offers Farmers More than Just the Weather

Between the internet, the radio the t.v., the newspaper your phone or your neighbour, there are a host of options when it comes to getting your local weather forecast. When you’re farming however, you need a degree of accuracy on a local level that most times can only be provided by a drive to the… Read more »

Are Smartphones a Distraction for Farm Workers?

While giving a presentation this week at the Canadian Seed Growers meeting in Hamilton I talked about the critical role that mobile plays in the deployment of social media on the farm. A very bright young seed grower friend of mine asked some very interesting questions during the panel discussion. Eric’s thoughts were, “Every time… Read more »

The Impact of Climate Change and Monoculture on Plant Pathology & Disease – Dr Stella Coakley

Climate change is one of those things that has forced scientists to speculate, to project and to anticipate scenarios in an attempt to help humanity deal with potential problems on the horizon. Some of those potential problems were discussed at the Climate Change Symposium in Guelph, Ontario. One area discussed was that of climate change’s… Read more »

Becker Underwood Unveils Nodulator XL for the Pulse Market

The bottom line is that farmers want to see their yields increase, and that’s what we’re providing.” Becker Underwood’s Director of Marketing Ralph DeVries. With the release of the new Nodulator XL inoculant for peas and lentils, DeVries says that they’ve improved upon a number of things, most importantly, a more active strain of rhizobium… Read more »

Canada Celebrates it’s Outstanding Young Farmers – Barb Stefanyshyn-Cote

RealAgriculture.com was started out of a passion for and a love of agriculture. Since we started, one of our goals here has been to promote an understanding and an appreciation of agriculture and the people involved in it. Farming is one of the most vitally important and under appreciated jobs around, so anytime a farmer… Read more »

Meridian Showcases the Advantages of the Smooth Walled Bin

Proper storage options for your crops are critically important both before you plant and after you harvest. In most cases, maintaining quality while in storage after harvest means maintaining your crops value. Keeping your seed free from moisture and bugs prior to planting can help preserve and maintain things like germ and vigor. In the… Read more »

Ontario Farmers Face the Reality of Average Crops

While traveling between Guelph and Hamilton this week I saw Some good fields and some less than ideal ones but overall things looked good for corn and soybean growers in Ontario. I attended the Canadian Seed Growers meeting and had a chance to talk to several growers from across the province. It seems that the… Read more »