Month: March 2012

Beef Market Update – Spring Highs, Summer Lows & Everything In Between

In this episode of the Beef Market Update, we break down the latest U.S., Alberta and Saskatchewan Cattle on Feed reports. As far as the reports go, there are no big surprises with numbers up 3% in both. What do those aggressive placements mean for numbers come summer? What kind of lows can we expect… Read more »

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Program Spotlight: Fawn Jackson

There can be no underestimating the importance of a mentor in your life. Head knowledge is important, but the ability to apply that knowledge in the right way is something only life can teach you. Being able to walk with someone who’s been there can provide you with all of the benefits of that experience…. Read more »

The Federal Budget Cuts the Agriculture Budget by $300 Million

The Federal Government released its budget yesterday and agriculture definitely had to buck up its fair share of budget cuts.  According to Ag-Minister Gerry Ritz on Global Regina this morning, AgCanada has been cut $300 million in budget.  Farmer organizations seem to be playing a wait and see approach as more details develop.  Ritz stated… Read more »

Canola School: Diagnosing Nitrogen & Sulphur Deficiencies

RealAgriculture.com is teaming up with the Alberta Canola Producers Commission to bring you a brand new season of fresh, interesting and informative content through the Canola School. The first episode of the new season brings us to the CanoLAB 3D diagnostic training sessions in Edmonton, Alberta. The event was co-hosted by the Canola Council of… Read more »

Corn School: What Impact Will the Mild Winter Have on Plant Disease

In this episode of the Corn School we continue to look at the potential issues that could arise from this year’s mild winter. This time around we look at the sphere of disease and what producers should be aware of as we head toward planting. To do that, we spoke to Purdue University Plant Pathologist… Read more »

Easy Rake Brings Safety & Efficiency to Your Silage Pit

Depending on how many cattle you feed and what stage those cattle are at, the silage pit can be your second home during the day. It can also be a very dangerous place depending on how high that pile is. Typically if your pile is high, you end up creating a cliff when you dig… Read more »

Ferrell Ross Steam Flaking Mill

Feedlot owners know the importance of getting cattle in and out in the shortest available time. Feed efficiency is a critical aspect of that cycle that has to be looked at from every possible angle, especially considering costs associated with that feed. One of the angles that should be looked at is how that feed… Read more »

Soybean School: Gaining the Advantage with Seed Treatments

As producers get closer to planting their soybeans, now is the time to consider all of the potential issues the year may throw at you and how you can deal with them before you get the seed in the ground. If there is a history or a threat of insect pests or soil borne disease, a… Read more »

Lang and O’Leary Discuss Glencore Buying Viterra

I always find it interesting to read or hear the mainstream media cover big ag stories.  We have been able to see this with the coverage of the CWB single desk dissolving early this year and now the Glencore – Viterra deal. In the below episode of the Lang and O’Leary Exchange, three segments are… Read more »

Be Aware of “Snake Oils” on the Farm

There is a lot of money to be made in agricultural inputs these days and some companies do so by marketing products that offer little benefit agronomically to help your operation or bottom line. When attempting to try out some of these new products that include foliar sprays, seed primers and canola pod seal be… Read more »

The US Government Will Appeal the COOL Decision by the WTO

I am not surprised by the decision that has been made by the US government to appeal the recent decision by the World Trade Organization.  Many American producers and packers were hoping that the government would not appeal but the level of shock should be low. The American Farm Bureau and the NCBA recently passed… Read more »

Corn School – What Impact Will the Mild Winter Have on Spring Weed Control?

In some areas of Canada winter was practically non-existent. From a visual absence of snow to a prolonged period of warmer than normal temperatures, it was definitely an oddball season.  Many producers are struggling with whether or not they need to start planting and get the season started. In this episode of the Corn School,… Read more »

Saiks AgriTreks Ep 3 – Expoagro – Argentina

In this episode of Agri-Treks we travel to Junin in Argentina for a look at Expoagro. Expoagro is one of the biggest and most dynamic outdoor ag shows in the world. It runs over the course of 4 days over an area of roughly 500 hectares. There are live machinery demonstrations as well as a… Read more »

Corn School: Managing Soil Health – Dan Towery

We’ve talked before about the importance of soil tilth in contributing to corn yields. The logic behind it is fairly simple. The easier it is for root structure to grow and spread out, the more access to nutrients, water, etc. Not only that, but the effect compounds itself over time as those roots decay and… Read more »

Soybean School: Think Like a Plant to Increase Yields

There are big strides to be made in the area of soybean yields. A big part of increasing those yields comes from from finding out what’s holding your plants back. The truth is that their is a wide range of limiting factors that vary from field to field. Instead of becoming overwhelmed with intricate details… Read more »