Month: September 2011

Canola School: Clubroot is Spreading in Alberta

Recent reports from the Canola Council of Canada have shown the slow movement of clubroot into previously uninfected areas of Alberta. That information, while concerning, should not really come as a surprise to farmers in the province. Conditions have been optimal for the speed of clubroot in Alberta this year based on the very wet… Read more »

Meeting the Global Demand for Wheat

The global demand for wheat is expected to double over the next forty years – and Canada can play an important role in meeting that demand. In addition to its growing prominence on the world stage, what makes wheat truly exciting is its significant potential for technology transformation – and Canadian agriculture has the opportunity… Read more »

Corn School: Controling Red Clover in the Fall in Ontario

Red clover planted after your winter wheat harvest provides huge advantages to growers in Ontario.   A good stand of red clover can be extremely beneficial in preparing your land for spring planting. To be able to enjoy those benefits however, that stand of red clover has to be managed properly. One of the key factors involved in… Read more »

Talking to Farmers – What’s the Best Thing About Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show is this country’s largest agricultural trade show. With over 700 exhibitors, the event draws close to 40,000 people over the course of three days. There is a lot for people to see and do. This year, RealAgriculture was lucky enough to be in attendance as well. Over the span of the… Read more »

AgNerds- Is RIM DEAD?

The price of the Blackberry Playbook continues to drop with Rogers employees being able to acquire them for as little as $250 Canadian. Whether or not that discount will be seen by consumers is anyones guess, but with horrific sales of only 200,000 units last quarter, any move to get more playbooks into the hands… Read more »

Brian Perillat, Canfax Analyzes the Sept 1 Cattle on Feed Report

The whole North American cattle industry is focused squarely on the drought situation in the United States. The realities of aggressively pulling animals forward is sure to play on the market and prices through the New Year. With last Friday’s release of the September 1, 2011 Cattle on Feed Report from the USDA, we wait… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: Eastern Forecast with David Phillips, Environment Canada

The story for most of the East has been a story of too much or too little. From extreme moisture and heat to a lack of timely rain and cooler than usual spring temperatures, the pendulum has swung to the extreme on both ends. That begs the question: Will that pattern continue through the harvest… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: The Western Canadian Forecast with David Phillips of Environment Canada

For a great deal of farmers, this summer has been fantastic and the harvest weather has been the same. Compared to this time last year the difference has been night and day. So the question now is, will this weather last? Will we see an extended summer this year or will we see an early… Read more »

Beef Market Update: A Dropping CDN Dollar and Slumping Boxed Beef Sales

With the announcement of the TWIST package in the United States this week, the currency and commodity markets have been put into a volatile mess. I say mess, cattle feeders say relief. With the Canadian Dollar dropping below par for the first time since February, Canadian cattle feeders can now breath a sigh of relief… Read more »

Wheat School: The Benefits of Starter Fertilizer in Ontario

What kind of benefit if any can we expect to see from placing fertilizer in with our seed? The question we lead off with in this episode of the Wheat School is: Starter fertilizer: Myth or Real? What follows is a solid case for the benefits of starter fertilizer from OMAFRA Cereal Expert Peter Johnson…. Read more »

Talking to Farmers: What Will Your Soybeans Yield in 2011?

The rain in Ontario has been hit or miss over this growing season. Some areas seem to have had good weather over the season, others have been hit with overly wet weather in the spring and dryer conditions over the summer. We wanted to see what effect that spotty weather has had on farmers, particularly… Read more »

Canola School: Western Harvest Update

When we talk about harvest across the prairies, you can’t use a blanket term to cover any one province unless that comment is “variable”. In terms of exactly how much of harvest is done, some areas in the Alberta and Manitoba are finished while areas in the Northern Alberta haven’t even started yet. Yields for… Read more »

Corn School : Will My Corn Finish?

Will it or won’t it? That’s the question on the mind of a great deal of Ontario farmers. Will that late planted corn finish? It’s a question that rests on a number of factors that tend to revolve around variety characteristics, geography, weather and of course, date planted. It’s also a question we thought could… Read more »

Wheat School: Fall Weed Control in Winter Wheat – Mike Cowbrough, OMAFRA

Is fall a good time to look at weed control in your winter wheat? Pre-plant weed control is an option that most farmers don’t exercise. The reason has a lot to do with the business of the season. Harvest is in full swing depending what you’re growing and farmers have to balance that with trying… Read more »

Why Should I Buy? — Corn Seed

This episode of “Why Should I Buy” may have you looking ahead to next spring as we talk to representatives from Syngenta, Dekalb, Pioneer and Pride Seeds regarding corn seed. Todays episode takes place from the grounds of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock Ontario where we talk to Bob Thirlwall of DEKALB, Steve Denys… Read more »