Year: 2011

Royal Assent is Given to Bill C18 Which Ends the CWB Single Desk

After an extremely hard fought battle on how Western Canadian farmers should be able to market their  own wheat the single desk is finished.  Royal assent has been given to Bill C18 by the Governor General.  Some people are speculating that this issue will end up in the Supreme Court but for now many Western… Read more »

Why Should I Buy? – Variable Rate Precision Agriculture

Inputs prices are high and so are crop prices. Managing costs and yields is critical to success on your farm.  With commodity prices high you cannot settle for average yields. The use of variable rate precision ag products and services helps farmers to do just that.  Placing the inputs in the intended prescribed areas has… Read more »

Crop Sensing Technology Provides Realtime Precision Decision Making

Part of the focus of 2011 Farm Forum Event was on the utilization of technology in the agriculture industry to improve production and profitability. A big part of improving production and profitability is precision agriculture including the use of variable rate technology as a part of managing crop inputs. The ability to scan a field… Read more »

Cattle Packers Continue to Struggle with Profitability

With this year being financially strong for the rancher and the feeder having opportunities presented to hedge and lock in fixed profits, one has to wonder how the cattle packer is making out.  With the feeder and the rancher making money it is quite difficult for all three segments of the cattle industry to make… Read more »

Older Herbicides Come Back Into Play Against Resistant Weeds – Dr. Hugh Beckie

The issue of herbicide resistance is a problem not fully realized, but it will get bigger, its just a matter of when. The amount of glyphosate and other similar products in use on tolerant crops right now coupled with the profitability of those crops means rotations will be pushed, giving more weeds exposed a greater… Read more »

Bob Rae Begs the Governor General to Stop Gerry Ritz and Bill C-18

Just when you think that the CWB issue cannot get stranger….it always does.  Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae has written a letter to the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston begging him to get in front of the government steam roller and stop royal assent on Bill C-18 this week. I’m thinking at this point he… Read more »

John Deere Focuses on Technology in the Cab to Increase Farm Productivity

Technology in the cab has become a major area of focus for all machinery companies.  Trying to tie all of the farming stages into a data / information platform to allow farmers to make better decisions is a major focus of John Deere. The area of variable rate technologies has seen its star rise as… Read more »

Politics & Law Collide In Judges Ruling on CWB (Canadian Wheat Board)

The recent ruling by Justice Douglas Campbell stating that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz “breached his statutory duty” by proceeding with Bill C-18 before holding a vote among eligible farmers is raising some questions about law vs politics. Judge Campbell’s ruling puts the Canadian justice and political systems at odds and in some murky waters. The… Read more »

Jeff Simmons Believes in Technology to Help Feed the World

Jeff Simmons is the President of Elanco and he has truly made it his personal mission to educate the consumer on why technology is so critical to dealing with the 9 billion people problem in 2050. I had a RealAgriculture.com subscriber send me the link to the below video which is a very simple monologue… Read more »

Ep 2 Saiks AgriTreks: Growing Grapes for Wine Production in the Napa Valley

When we consider agriculture, we tend to think of the rougher, more industrial type. We think of large scale harvest machinery involved in the corn, cereal, pulse and oilseed production.  We also think of dairies, poultry barns and the beautiful ranches adjacent to the rocky mountains.  In many areas of the world agriculture takes a different… Read more »

Gary Pike: Should Supply Management Stay or Go in Canada?

The topic of supply management has been raised in the news recently. A number of different media outlets have been examining the issues surrounding it and whether or not we would be better off with or without it. So far, all answers to those questions tend to depend what area you work in and whether… Read more »

StatsCan Releases November Production Report

StatsCan released the November 2011 Production report for field crops this morning. Jon Driedger from FarmLink told me over the phone that, “the numbers are as expected, this is diplayed in the fact that the market is flat today.” SEE THE REPORT When I look at the report several things stick out for me. Corn production… Read more »

Ontario 2011 Hybrid Corn Performance Trial Results Have Been Released

With the release of the Ontario 2011 hybrid corn performance trials, growers get a chance to review how last years varieties performed and what might be a good idea to plant in 2012.  As always there are many options and getting as much information as possible can help narrow down some of these tough decisions. … Read more »

Canola School: What Has Clubroot Taught the Canola Industry?

The clubroot problem is growing, and it’s not a matter that can be avoided any more. So what has the canola industry at large learned from clubroot? I discussed the clubroot issue with Clint Jurke of the Canola Council of Canada and found a number of things that we’ve learned from the experience. First, we have found that… Read more »

The Canadian Seed Industry Has a Plan

A couple weeks ago at the Canadian Seed Trade Association meeting in Toronto, the seed industry released a video that demonstrates the challenges ahead for agriculture. You may know the issue as the “feeding the world” challenge.   The video demonstrates the realities but at the same time lays the groundwork for the role of… Read more »