Month: April 2012

Wheat School: Protecting the Flag Leaf is Critical to Achieve Yield

How important is protecting the flag leaf in the early stages of your wheat crop? The flag leaf is critically important in determining your yield. Any damage done to that leaf will have a direct and dramatic impact on your crops potential. Disease can be one of those damaging factors. Assessing your risk for disease… Read more »

Alberta Canola Producers Commission Looking Out For More Producers Than Ever

The economic impact of canola is visibly obvious across Alberta. It has become a mainstay on many farms across the west as canola acres push above 20 million acres. Offering support to that large amount of acres is no small task, and trying to stay ahead of the curve on any potential issue that can… Read more »

With the Single Desk Gone What Will Emerge as the Next Dominant Wheat Class?

August is coming and with it the end of an era on the prairies. August 1, 2012 officially marks the end of the Canadian Wheat Boards marketing monopoly in the West. The end of that monopoly means a lot of adjustments for producers and industry alike. How that individual marketing freedom will change the landscape… Read more »

Saiks AgriTreks : Corn Harvest in Cruz Alta, Argentina

The corn crop in Argentina holds major influence over corn prices worldwide. Argentina is the fourth largest corn growing country worldwide. According to the USDA foreign agriculture service the projected crop for 2012-13 is projected to be 23.6 million metric tonnes. The 2011-12 crop was badly affected by drought conditions spread across a large corn… Read more »

Wheat School: Evaluating Your Early Weed Control Strategy – Mike Cowbrough

Timing is everything when it comes to weed control in Ontario winter wheat. Spraying at the wrong time can be ineffective and can damage your crop. Spraying your weeds at just the right time can have not only immediate benefits, but can help you to gain the upper hand heading into winter wheat planting. In… Read more »

California Dairy BSE Case Impacts Markets

Cattle market conditions today saw the LC and FC pit futures trade limit down on the news of the 4th case of BSE in the US. Overnight trading (Tues night) has already seen some recovery off of those pit lows earlier today. Markets will be closely watching the communication of this BSE case to US… Read more »

Alberta Pulse Growers Working Towards Greater Profitability For Producers

The Alberta Pulse Industry has room to grow. There are close to 1 million acres in Alberta dedicated to pulses with a mandate by the Alberta Pulse Growers Association to increase that by 15% over the next 2 years. There are a number of things that the Association is doing to help that along including… Read more »

Wheat School: The Importance of On-Farm Trials – Josh Fankhauser

On-farm trials are an exercise not widely pursued by farmers in general. What’s unfortunate about that is the fact that most farmers could stand to benefit greatly from adopting some type of on-farm trial. The reason being that a lot of manufacturer trials are limited in scope for financial reasons. They may perform fewer location… Read more »

Biological Seed Treatments Could Create Real Opportunities for Farmers

 I have written before that the future is in seed treatments and fungicides for the traditional crop protection companies. The additional point that I should of included is the growth potential for the biological market in the seed treatment product area.  The interesting point is that biologicals are designed to work in conjunction (stacking) with… Read more »

Feds Deal a Lose-Lose for Industry Funding

Government cutbacks aren’t surprising for anyone. They’ve been debated, we’ve been warned, and now the axe is falling. Of course that makes words like ‘streamlining’ and ‘efficiency’ go-to terms, even though there is no proof, and instead of loss of local control. The perfect example is news that should be devastating for the entire industry…. Read more »

Corn School – The Fundamentals Behind 300 Bushel Corn – Ken Ferrie

Producers are beginning to aggressively chase 300 bushel corn. As elusive as it may seem, all the elements are there to make it a reality. Genetics, planting strategies and all the inputs and fungicides are necessary to get where we need to be are more readily available to producers than they ever before in history…. Read more »

Cattlemen’s Young Leaders Profile – Ryan Beierbach

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association’s Young Leaders program provides invaluable mentoring partnership opportunities for young entrepreneurs involved in the cattle industry. Ryan Beierbach is one of those young leaders that benefitted from the program. Ryan lives in Whitewood, Saskatchewan where he operates both a ranch and a ranch supply store as well as serves on the… Read more »

Pulse School: Don’t Lose Inoculant Bacteria Counts by Being Careless

When using inoculants, time is one of the most critical factors affecting your products performance. The reason for that is the fact that those inoculants contain living organisms that can only survive outside the soil for a limited time. Depending on the formulation and application of of that inoculant, that time frame can vary. The… Read more »

Wheat School – Application is the Key to Seed Treatment Effectiveness

Applying seed treatment isn’t what it used to be. Long gone are the days when someone would yell “turn up the red!” as the seed came out of the treater. There is a lot more than just a visual O.K. that goes into treating your seed properly. Over application isn’t cost effective and under applying… Read more »

Soybean School: The Power of Inoculants

Establishing a healthy plant stand as quickly as possible is critical in protecting your crops health and ensuring maximum yield potential. Part of that process means that the plant has to be able to access the inputs it needs to get there. That starts with the development of a healthy root system including the development… Read more »