Year: 2011

Whats Your Opinion of Gerry Ritz as Canada’s Ag-Minister?

In the last year I have been fortunate to travel across the country talking to farmers and ag-stakeholders about our Canadian agricultural industry.  One of the topics that I have observed is the opinion of the job that Gerry Ritz is doing as the Canadian Agriculture Minister. It is my perception that the opinion of… Read more »

The Three Ways to Sell at the Top of the Market – Victor Aideyan

We have covered the issue of market volatility often on RealAgriculture.com. Even with the knowledge that volatility is a new-normal, some farmers still try and aggressively sell at the top of the market to derive the highest returns possible. At the Southwest Agricultural Conference in Ridgetown, I spoke with Victor Aideyan, HISGRAIN Commodities Inc. about… Read more »

Deciphering the Canola Market with Mike Jubinville, ProFarmer Canada

All fall and winter, canola has been the talk of the farming community.  With speculation at one point that the acreage in Western Canada could balloon to as high as 22 million acres, farmers are eager to price the 2010 and 2011 crop properly.  With the realities of how wet eastern saskatchewan is going to… Read more »

Lyndsey Smith & Shaun Haney Recap CropWeek 2011

CropWeek in Saskatoon is always a very informative week long trip. There were some definite themes and highlights that everyone could pull from the event. With the farm show and all the grower meetings happening in one city in one week, there is plenty to discuss and talk about.  Whether its the good the bad… Read more »

Chuck Penner Talks About Lentil Pricing

Its not only a struggle to decide what to grow but also how to price the crop in this volatile pricing market.  With special crops price discovery is an even bigger challenge fro many producers.  With the poor growing conditions last year, lentil growers that got the crop off in a timely fashion and got… Read more »

The Benefits of Flexxifinger Crop Lifters

When farmers choose varieties one of the most common used criteria is stand ability. Sometimes crops lodge no matte what variety you choose due to late moisture, wind or above average weight of the crop. One of the tools that farmers are including on their combine headers is Flexxifinger crop lifters. At CropWeek 2011 in… Read more »

The Canadian Flax Industry Looks Ahead After Triffid – Dave Sefton, Saskflax

The Triffid flax export issue with Europe was a major story of 2010.  All stakeholders in the flax value chain were impacted with great severity.  Farmers couldn’t move inventory, prices plummeted, and exporters had cargo in limbo.  The finger pointing was intense as everyone searched for the reasons that the previously approved trait had worked… Read more »

Canada Resumes Exports of Canary Seed to Mexico – Gordon Bacon, Pulse Canada

Canary Seed is not a high acre crop in Western Canada but it has been in the news lately. Mexico and Canada have been in a real trade dispute which prevented Canada exports to enter Mexico. Mexico is Canada’s largest buyer of canary seed which has created a real disruption to the crop. It is… Read more »

The DrawBacks of a Short Lentil Rotation – Troy LaForge, GreenKey Solutions

With the pricing advantages for canola and lentils right now in the prairies, many growers are moving to tighter and tighter crop rotations.    These tighter rotations include lentils more often and the exclusion of cereals in a canola lentil rotation.  This is similar to the exclusion of wheat in corn soybean rotations in Ontario…. Read more »