Month: January 2012

Cropweek 2012 – AGCO Launches 2012 Rogator Sprayer

This years Crop Production Week had a number of high-clearance sprayers from multiple companies being showcased on the tradeshow floor. We looked at a few of those sprayers already. In this segment, we turn our sites on AGCO‘s 2012 Rogator high-clearance sprayer. Some of the new features of this sprayer are visible from the outside,… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Plan Aggressive Acres Expansion

The Canadian pulse industry has room to grow, a lot of room. The Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association has targeted growth of 7 million acres by the year 2025. As aggressive as that may seem, Executive Director of the organization Carl Potts says it is achievable for a number of reasons. One of the first of… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 -New Holland Showcases Guardian Front Boom Sprayer

Spraying your crops is a tricky job. For starters, there is always a specific window to hit that has to match your crop stage and the weather conditions. It’s also a matter of proper application. Not only are pesticides and herbicides high value products, but they have to be applied properly to work. All of… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – New Holland Offers SmartTrax System to Provide Wider Harvest Windows

At this year’s Crop Production Week Show in Saskatoon, we got to take a look at New Holland’s new SmartTrax track system. The system offers producers a number of benefits, the first of which is more power to the ground. The tracks offer a boost in pulling and climbing power when travelling or pulling larger… Read more »

Tiffin 2012 – Temple Grandin – A Practical Approach to Improving Animal Welfare

Temple Grandin’s work in the livestock industry cannot be understated. Her designs and innovations in the areas of livestock handling revolutionized the industry and brought a more humane system into existence. Those insights and contributions are made all the more impressive by the fact that Dr. Grandin is autistic. That condition is part of the… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – Syngenta Canada Creates Scholarship to Benefit Pulse Industry In Canada

In order for the pulse industry to grow in Canada, a number of areas have to be looked at. One of those areas is market development. The world’s food needs are growing and changing. New markets are opening up as a middle class emerges in areas of the developing world. Those people have specific end-use… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – 2012 Tier 4 Case IH Combine

This year at the Crop Production Week Show in Saskatoon, we got to take a look at the 2012 Case IH Tier 4 Combine. The latest improvements on the machine are focused mainly on the engine. Fuel economy and power have been improved which is sure to be a major consideration for farmers thinking of… Read more »

Camera Monitoring Systems on the Farm Help Farmers Feel Secure and Improve Efficiency

An extra set of eyes can come in handy for the farmer that has to be everywhere at once. Several sets are even better. Camera monitoring equipment offers just that to farmers who would like to be several places at once or would just like the peace of mind of being able to check up… Read more »

Tiffin 2012 – Dr. David Hughes – A Glorious Future For the Global Meat Market?

There is the assumption that in general, because the world population is increasing, the demand for meat, in particular beef, will naturally grow and expand. That generalization may make sense from a North American perspective, but eating habits here aren’t eating habits everywhere and any growth in the industry has to take place in export… Read more »

AMI Episode 3 – Cost of Production (COP) – Using COP to Your Business Advantage

Have you ever been to a farm meeting and there is a speaker talking about the cost of production?  Do you ever feel like they are speaking no different than the teacher in Charlie Brown? Farming is business and businesses need to know their cost of production.  Guessing your cost per acre is just not… Read more »

Crop Catcher Offers Producers a Simple Way to Avoid Leaving Crops In the Field

We talked before about the spirit of invention and innovation that’s prevalent among Saskatchewan farmers. It seems as though they’re always tinkering with something in the shop or modifying something they bought. I don’t know if it’s long winters with nothing else to do or a lack of equipment or machinery that really suits their… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Cattle Industry Sees Opportunity to Make Money in 2012

Volatility was the recurring theme in the cattle industry over 2011. The fact is that the mood created by that volatility has carried into 2012. Even with things looking up for producers, the violent swings of the 2011 market are tempering any optimism with caution. Those sentiments were apparent at this year’s Tiffin Conference as… Read more »

Is The First Generation Farmer a Thing of the Past?

Over the past couple of days, I have been reading and seeing a bunch of different articles in relation to keeping young farmers on the farm and attracting first generation farmers. My question? Why is it any different than any other entrepreneurial business. I’m sure that there are tens of thousands of people across Canada… Read more »

South Korea Lifts Ban on Canadian Cattle Imports

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association released information this morning that South Korea has lifted its ban on Canadian Beef imports.  This news is long overdue and we have to realize that trade resumption doesn’t happen overnight. Learning from our agreement with China, Canada must complete all of the more detailed technical issues as quickly as possible… Read more »

The OFA Asks the Government to Suspend Wind Turbine Development in Ontario

Green energy has been a huge push in Ontario agriculture through the development of solar and wind power infrastructure.  The solar power subsidization by the McGuinty government has been at the very least controversial at times and now the wind turbine projects has created some stir within the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.  The OFA has… Read more »