Month: February 2012

Wheat School: John DePutter – Wheat Marketing Strategies In a Volatile Environment

Market turmoil has always been something that producers have had to deal with, but increasingly, one of the only characteristics of the markets you count on is the instability of the markets. As analyst John DePutter put it, ” Volatility is a fact of life in the markets.” Those ups and downs have become more… Read more »

RealWeatherwatch: Western Canada Farmers at the Mercy of El Nino

It wasn’t that long ago that I was complaining to everyone who would listen about how sick I was of writing about the wet weather and flooding. No doubt, not as sick as producers were of working in it, but that was a pretty depressing stretch for all involved. Let’s hope drought isn’t the next… Read more »

RealWeatherwatch – Ontario Farmers Looking at a Potentially Short Growing Season

For farmers looking for a different weather story than last year’s, you might be out of luck. Although most of us know that there is no sure-fire, 100% accurate weather forecast, the spring and summer forecast for Ontario doesn’t look all that encouraging. According to meteorologist Art Douglas, a short growing season due to moisture… Read more »

Brian Scott: I Occupy Our Food Supply Everyday

This post was originally found on his blog, The Farmers Life.  He farms in Indiana raising corn, soybeans, popcorn, and wheat.  Brian is also passionate about technology.  He showcases this passion by writing for TheMobileFarmer.com.  Follow @thefarmerslife on Twitter.  Today is the day. The Occupy movement is going to occupy the food supply. According to the occupiers… Read more »

Viterra’s Cattle Financing Program Will No Longer be Available

With last weeks expected sale of the Viterra Livestock Division to Hi-Pro Feeds LP the feed industry in Canada has changed in Western Canada.  Hi-Pro will be owned by Birch Hill Equity Partners and the employees of the company.  In the press release Viterra said that the sale was initiated for strategic reasons. Viterra is… Read more »

Crosby Devitt: Reflecting on New Zealand Agriculture

Crosby Devit is currently travelling completing his Nuffield Scholarship.  You can check out more of his trip by checking out Crosby’s blog or by reading his blog posts on RealAgriculture.com. At the time of writing I am in the Hong Kong airport, on my way from New Zealand to the Netherlands.  We wrapped up a great… Read more »

CanFax: Short Cow Numbers Lead to Thin Packer & Feeder Margins in 2012

Cattle producers and industry members from the U.S., Canada and beyond gathered at NCBA 2012 to talk about the state of the industry, the triumphs and the challenges. As we look further ahead into 2012, the challenges for the margin operator don’t seem to get any easier. In fact, you could say that it looks… Read more »

Soybean School – When Planting Early, Plant a Longer Maturing Soybean Variety

Planting early is almost always a good idea. There are aspects and elements that we can’t control like the weather that tend to throw the best laid plans out the window, but in general, the theory is simple. The soybean plant is a factory that produces soybeans. That factory runs primarily on sunlight. The more… Read more »

Corn School – Nitrogen Application is Critical in Unlocking Corn Yields

In this episode of the Corn School we continue our series with agronomist Darel Walker about the key factors in the pursuit of 300 bushel corn. In the first episode of the series we looked at soil tilth as one of those factors; in this episode we look to proper nitrogen application as another piece… Read more »

Richard Phillips: Making Your Voice Heard By Government is Critical For Farmers

There are many farmers and many Canadians, that if you asked “Do you feel that government hears your voice as a farmer?”, would launch into a frustrated and angry tirade about any number of issues under their skin. In some cases that’s a legitimate expression of a system that failed them, but in a greater… Read more »

Ron Bonnett – The Difficulty in Adopting a National Food Strategy

Adopting a national food strategy is no small task. The development of that strategy involves a number of complex issues that have to be identified by importance and then integrated together into a sustainable strategy supported by government policy and a diverse demographic. Simple, huh? There’s a reason it’s taken so long. With all that… Read more »

John Masswohl Discusses Future of COOL

The World Trade Organization’s ruling on the country of origin labelling (COOL) legislation brought some small sense of victory to the Canadian beef industry. The excitement over that victory was short-lived however as producers realized that any tangible results stemming from that ruling would be a long way off. The potential for an appeal by… Read more »

The Global Economy’s Impact on Canadian Agriculture – Glen Hodgson

The continuing saga of the financial crisis in Europe and in particular Greece is leaving a lot of analysts on the edge of their seats. The latest development being the 170 billion dollar Greek bailout deal presented Tuesday. The failure of that deal could have far-reaching implications. But just how much could Europe’s problems spill… Read more »

AGNERDS — The Blackberry Playbook is Making a Comeback

Through the January farm show season I continued to run into people that said to me that they were getting a Blackberry Playbook or had just bought one. Whether its the $200 price point or the the increased interest in tablets, it seems to me that the Blackberry Playbook finally has some appeal.  It would… Read more »

Creating a Stronger Voice for Alberta’s Wheat Producers

by Kent Erickson and Lynn Jacobson In the past 150 years, wheat has played a significant role in the settlement of the Canadian prairies and the development of Western Canadian agriculture. Canada became the “bread basket of the world” because of the quality and quantity of wheat it supplied to countries around the globe. In… Read more »