Year: 2011

Talking to Farmers: What Were Your Yields Like In Western Canada?

Another year gone and another harvest in the books for farmers in the West. This year had its share of difficulties, with wet conditions delaying and in some cases completely destroying efforts to get a crop in in some areas. For those farmers that did get a crop in, the threat of disease loomed heavy… Read more »

RealAg Ratings – Case Axial Flow 9230 Combine

The release of the Axial Flow 9230 from Case IH features the full power of the Tier four engine. According to the Case IH website: Case IH Axial-Flow® combines lead the industry with carefully matched systems that ensure productivity. With the fewest drive components, Axial-Flow combines are engineered for simplicity and reliability. And today, Axial-Flow is still out in… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Dealing with Triffid Flax Two Years Later

When CDC Triffid flax was discovered in export shipments to Europe in 2009, the result was devastating to Canadian producers and shippers.  Canada’s flax industry exports to the EU were suspended and even after strict testing policies came into place, are still not at pre 2009 levels.  At the time the news broke, the industry… Read more »

John DePape Comments on Conservatives Vote to End the CWB Single Desk

Today the Harper government voted in the House of Commons to end the CWB’s single desk right on Western Canadian grains. With a vote of 153-120 the Conservatives have come through on the one promise that has been hotly debated in many coffee shops across the country.Today’s vote does not end the controversy but it… Read more »

Farmers Get a Chance to Grow Jet Fuel With Carinata

The area of biofuels is growing every year. The list includes everything from algae to canola to switchgrass to corn. The main problem with most of the list is the difficulty in mass producing those sources or the ethical dilemma created with the food vs fuel debate. Carinata holds the advantage over many of the bio sources in… Read more »

TVO Puts Supply Management on “The Agenda”

Talk about supply management and whether or not it should fit in Canada’s future continues to find a place in our media. To be honest, whenever I see a link for a National Post article relating to the system for dairy, poultry and eggs, I have a hard time clicking since I can usually guess… Read more »

Remembering Denise Maurice – Agronomist, Industry Builder and Friend to Many

Many of us woke Thursday morning to tragic news of the surprise passing of Canola Council of Canada , VP of Crop Production, Denise Maurice.  A highly respected agronomist and a true friend to many, Denise will be sadly missed. What was so unique about Denise is her passion and fire for agronomy and agriculture…. Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: Drew Lerner Predicts Western Canada to Get a Cold Jan and Feb

We are in the middle of a weather brawl, and it feels like it. Wild winds, snow blasts and other types of unsettled weather are making life less than pleasant for all those impacted. Until winter actually moves to settle in, we can probably expect more of this instability to come. This seems to be… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch: Drew Lerner Says Ontario Winter Will Get Off To A Roaring Start

Farmers trying to get their fall tillage completed before winter sets in have had their efforts frustrated over the past few weeks. Cold, rainy conditions have been less than ideal when it comes to fieldwork. You can get sick of these unstable weather patterns pretty quick. It’s at this point that most people just want… Read more »

Macleans Surveys People on “Abolishing Supply Management”

Macleans Magazine website has been surveying the general public on the future of supply management. With Primeminister Harper suggesting that all things are on the table, the media has really picked up the debate on the future of supply management in Canada. Vote in the Macleans Poll With Harper suggesting taht everything is on the… Read more »

The Group of 8 Refuses to Show A Vision for the Future of the CWB

Today’s Canadian corporations are held accountable by their shareholders and a solid corporate governance structure. No doubt one might think the CWB as a corporation is a responsible corporate citizen in Canada. It has a policy to which all its directors sign yearly to uphold standards of governance where fiduciary duties are to work in… Read more »

WTO Decision on COOL Good For Canadian Livestock Producers

With the recent ruling by the World Trade Organization declaring elements of the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling program to be unfair, Canadian livestock producers feel that the first steps have been made in restoring exports lost when the program began. While Canadian producers applaud the move, there is an underlying skepticism that this decision… Read more »

Talking to Farmers: Who’s Going to Win the Stanley Cup?

With the successful return of Sidney Crosby to the NHL after a long hiatus and a great deal of the country having received some pre winter blasts of snow and cold, hockey has pushed its way back into the spotlight. With that in mind, we thought it would be a good time to look into… Read more »

Beef Market Update: WTO Rules in Favor of Canada on COOL

The major story on every beef industry radar was last weeks WTO ruling in favour of Canada with regard to the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling legislation. The resulting effect on the market……meh. The fact is, the entire industry is awaiting the U.S. appeal and the looong drawn out process to begin again. It’s a… Read more »

Mark Wales is the New OFA President by One Vote

With Bette Jean Crews not seeking re-election for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Presidency, there were three contenders for the the Presidency.  The candidates were Mark Wales, Don McCabe and Wayne Black.  Both McCabe and Wales were Vice Presidents with the OFA this past year. In an incredibly close second vote, Mark Wales edged out… Read more »