Month: June 2012

No Fungicides on Corn Just Before Tasseling!

The application of fungicides to corn between V12 and tasseling (VT) is not recommended. This recommendation is based on the potential for arrested development of corn ears, or the formation of “beer can” ear syndrome. The syndrome was termed by Dr. Bob Nielsen of Purdue University in 1996, who described the ears with the expected… Read more »

The Haybine Reverser Saves Time & Sanity

Is there anything quite like being in a hurry, plugging up your haybine and spending hours unplugging it while your precious life blood is being drained by helicopter sized mosquitoes? They say necessity is the mother of invention, so I imagine a few nights like that could create a need for something like the haybine… Read more »

Canola School – Did I Make the Right Call In Reseeding?

It was over a month ago when we stepped into a disagreement between two brothers over whether or not to reseed their frost damaged canola field.(SEE VIDEO HERE) In the end a compromise was reached where part of the field was reseeded and part was left to recover on it’s own. SEE MORE CANOLA SCHOOL… Read more »

Soybean School – Getting Back to Your Roots

Getting into your field on a regular basis to scout is extremely important. Walking your field scouting for disease or pest activity can help you to get ahead of any potential situation that may arise. As important and as necessary as that is, it’s also extremely helpful to see what’s happening below ground. Digging up… Read more »

Pulse School: It’s Never Too Early To Scout

Getting to know your field should start early. You can most effectively notice when something has gone wrong with your field if you are familiar with it. The benefit of starting that process early is that you can see things like crop establishment issues and other stresses on the plants that you might not be… Read more »

Wheat School – How Do I Know If It’s Stripe Rust?

Stripe rust is the new big bad disease on the block. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not “new” in the sense of just arriving on the scene, but it is new in the sense that it is making it’s presence known lately. As with anything that’s currently in the spotlight, there tends to be a… Read more »

The RealAgriculture Roundtable with Don Henry – Part 1

The RealAgriculture Roundtable reconvened last week during Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, Saskatchewan. This time around, Shaun and Lyndsey were joined by Morris Industries Chief Operating Officer Don Henry. We’ve talked with Don before on RealAgriculture.com and he is extremely knowledgable when it comes to farm equipment and cropping in general. With that in… Read more »

Al Mussell – Does Canada Need to Dismantle Supply Management in the TPP?

This week the George Morris Center released a paper, which discusses the TPP negotiations and the potential impact on supply management.  Al Mussell is the author of the report and he strongly believes that the TPP / supply management discussion is not an all or none scenario. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT Al Mussell believes that Canadian trade negotiators can… Read more »

What Every Field Needs in Case of Emergency

I laughed when I saw this tweet today from @jodymac0116 who discovered that sometimes you just get lucky. Wow lucky me! What are the chance of seeing this beside a wheat field! #needsomereadingmaterial #westcdnag twitter.com/JodiMac0116/st… — Jodi Macdonald(@JodiMac0116) June 28, 2012  

FarmLink Analyses StatsCan June 2012 Report

The StatsCan June 2012 Acreage report was released yesterday and the surprises were limited but instead firmer confirmation of the 2012 seeding choices of farmers.  Lentils were higher than expected, canola acres are above 20 million acres and barley has sprung back to higher levels than two years ago. Jon Driedger. FarmLink Marketing Solutions talked with… Read more »

I’m Farming and I Grow It – Ag Song Parody Goes Viral

There are many communications experts that are asking farmers to share their story through the use of social media.  Sometimes the best way to get your message across is through humor. Some American farmboys decided to do just that by making a song parody.  The song, “I’m sexy and I know it,” has been converted… Read more »

Canada’s Farm Progress Wrapup – Lots of Vodka Sold in Regina

Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina was a great success for the attendees and the exhibitors. At the end of the show on Friday, The RealAgriculture team huddled at the mobile command center (shaun’s fifth wheel) to discuss the show and take a look at the crazy week that was. We discuss the huge seed… Read more »

The Summer of $600 Canola with Moe Agostino

Commodities markets are a very complex ecosystem. On the surface it may seem as simple as supply and demand affecting pricing on any given commodity. That is true, but underneath is a very complex web that ties a number of different commodities together. When it comes to effectively predicting which way prices are going to… Read more »

Canola School – Invasion of the Cabbage Seed Pod Weevil

It’s easy to understand why producers have an itchy trigger finger when it comes to pests. When you walk into a field and see the damage pests are doing to your crops, you want to deal with it yesterday. However, if you pull the trigger to soon on that pest situation, you’ll not only be… Read more »

Soybean School – Nodulation, The Fruit of Inoculation

We’ve talked before about the power of inoculants in establishing a healthy plant. Hearing is one thing, but in most cases seeing is believing. Right now is a great time to get out in the field and see if that inoculant has done its job. SEE MORE SOYBEAN SCHOOL. There is no substitute for getting… Read more »