Month: July 2012

What’s the Connection Between Flowering Length and Canola Yield?

Canola acreage has shot up over the past couple of years and with the price right now it can be one of the most profitable crops on the farm. The research that goes into canola is phenomenal and has allowed yield averages to soar in the last few years. But there are still some myths… Read more »

The Monopoly Saving Crusaders Need to Learn When to Quit

Sometimes knowing when to quit is important.  This is definitely something that the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board and the CWB Alliance  need to learn.  This week, a number of former directors are pleading with the Canadian Supreme Court to rule in their favor. According to the Brandon Sun, Eight former farmer-elected directors of… Read more »

Graphic of US Drought Footprints Back to 1896

The US drought is causing much concern for farmers and the impending impact on food prices in the next 12 months.  It can be difficult to sometimes get a handle on how bad this year is in comparison.  Its always easy to say, “this is bad but nothing like 88 or 34.”  Sometimes a graphic… Read more »

Corn School – How Have Dry Conditions Affected the Ontario Corn Crop?

The Ontario corn crop was really off to the races.  There was optimal planting dates, early timely rains and the crop looked fantastic.  And then KABOOM!!!!! The Ontario corn crop is now subject to some of the same stresses as its US counterpart.  Dry hot weather has really impacted the Ontario corn crop moving the… Read more »

Beef Market Update – Severe US Drought Impacts Cattle Market

The US drought is capturing the attention of many people.  One of the groups that is majorly impacted by the drought but has been lost in this meteorological drama is the beef industry.  The US drought is playing a major role in the decision making of some beef producers and feedyards heading into the fall… Read more »

Canola School – Keep An Eye Out For Late Season Pests

It’s not over till it’s over. That’s the truth behind getting out to scout your canola. Until that crop is off the field and in the bin, you need to be out looking for potential pest problems. Even though canola has an incredible ability to recover, late season pests can still do some damage to… Read more »

Soybean School – August Will Determine the Strength of the Ontario Soybean Crop

This long and drawn out stretch of hot and dry weather in Ontario has sucked the potential out of a number of crops. High temperatures and no rain have put the brakes on some great looking early planted crops. For crops that manage to hang on through the stresses of a hot and dry July… Read more »

Opportunity Knocks for Potential 2013 Fertilizer Purchases

Decisive Farming Fertilizer Market Update Seem familiar? Corn + Supply + Demand = High Urea Prices Key take away: Sell part of 2013 crops and buy 2013 fertilizer/fuel to lock in likely the largest farm margins in history. The fertilizer market is being driven by extremely high crop commodity prices for corn, soybeans, canola, and… Read more »

Soybean School – Common Herbicide Pitfalls When Trying to Control Glyphosate Resistant Weeds

Controlling glyphosate resistant weeds is a challenge. It’s a challenge that can be strewn with complications as well. Timing is a key factor in the control of glyphosate resistant weeds and if that timing is thrown off by any number of factors, a complicated situation can lead to a herbicide injury situation. That’s precisely the… Read more »

Will Farmers Ever Get Succession Planning Right? – Jolene Brown

If you were given the choice between playing the game or sitting down together to come up with the rules of the game which would you pick? Here we see the inherent problem with the family business and the dilemma of succession planning. Unfortunately, we can play the game for years before we run into… Read more »

VLOG – Another Grain Elevator Bites the Dust

Do yourself a favour, the next time you see a farmer in his 80’s, sit yourself down and have a chat. You’ll be amazed at how much things have changed and how that span of time equates to the blink of an eye. Take a drive through the country and you’ll see the difference a… Read more »

Is a Corn Seed Shortage Coming in 2013?

With the current drought devastating the US corn crop, some seed companies are already concerned about seed supplies in 2013.  At the Canadian Seed Trade Association annual meeting this week two seed companies mentioned to me that a bad scenario is possible for supplies this coming winter. A chain of events has led us to… Read more »

Canterra Seeds CEO David Hansen Talks about their New Agreement with Limagrain

Western Canadian Farmers will have more choices open to them in the cereal crop arena thanks to an agreement (see press release) between French based Group Limagrain and Western Canadian based Canterra Seeds. The partnership strengthens the already strong breeding programs of both companies providing farmers across the West with access to new and advanced… Read more »

Talking to Farmers – What Will Your Next Equipment Purchase Be?

There’s nothing that fuels the old equipment buying itch more than a few good years of decent prices. Canada’s Farm Progress Show gave farmers in the market to buy a chance to scratch that itch. The newest in everything from trucks, tractors, seeders and other implements were scattered across the grounds. It was a great… Read more »