Month: October 2012

2012 Corn Season Wrap Up: Pleasant Surprises, Variation Abounds

There are more than a few weeks ahead yet for the corn harvest, but as a testament to constantly improving genetics and the hardiness of the crop, preliminary corn yields for 2012 are actually quite good. There are areas that are hurting, yes, but some farmers are pleasantly surprised with yields and quality, especially in… Read more »

Comparing Manure Spreaders at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show

Here at RealAgriculture.com we’re all about convenience. It’s in that spirit that we’d like to keep you from having to drive from dealership to dealership this winter to shop around for manure spreaders. In this video we take you back to the grounds of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show to visit four different manufacturers and get… Read more »

Poll: What Percentage of the Wheat Crop Will CWB Handle?

Earlier this year the CWB (as it was still named) rolled out handling agreement announcements at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina, Sask. During and after the press conference, more than a few weighed in on what percentage of the grain handle the monopoly-less board could possibly attract. Some estimated as much as 30% to… Read more »

4 Common Ag Myths and How to Dispel Them

We may live in the information age, but it seems it’s easier to spread misinformation than it is to share facts. Never does this seem so apparent than when we ask urbanites about where they think food comes from and what’s in it. Farmers Feed Cities recently released findings from a survey it had done… Read more »

CWB Extends Sign-up Period for Harvest Pool

CWB has extended the deadline for farmers to sign up to the Harvest Pool from today to Friday, November 9. “CWB recognizes that farmers need time to adjust to new options and procedures in the first year of the open market for Prairie grain,” president and CEO Ian White said in a company release. “Many… Read more »

RealWeatherWatch – A Normal Winter For Western Canada?

For a portion of the west, winter has come early. The tail end of October brought a huge dump of snow to parts of Alberta that has, for the most part, stuck around. That begs the question, is this what we can expect for the rest of the winter? Compared to last “winter”, this kind… Read more »

Pulse School: The Agronomics of Faba Bean

In the last Pulse School episode, Dr. Bert Vandenberg, lentil and faba bean breeder at the University of Saskatchewan, outlined the market development challenges facing the faba bean industry. He noted, however, that the varieties farmers have to choose from are already a very good fit for much of the prairies. Duane Ransome, member relations… Read more »

One Week Left to Win Keys to the Combine

In what’s possibly the largest single giveaway in agriculture history, Dow AgroSciences is just over week away from giving away a 2012 New Holland CR 9090. At www.keystothecombine.ca, farmers can enter to win by registering for their unique PIN number and participating in various contest activities to unlock a key. Farmers can then enter for… Read more »

How Can You Farm Better Instead of Biggest?

Recently, I asked if farmland prices had surpassed the point of profitability. The response was mixed — prices in some areas were listed as quite high, but often actual sales occurred at a lower, more manageable price. As balance, however, prices far beyond even the $15,000 an acre discussed have since been reported in areas… Read more »

Bring Your Boots, We’re Checking Sprayer Nozzles

Knowing whether or not the nozzles on your sprayer are doing the job they’re supposed to is something you shouldn’t have to learn the hard way. Being able to evaluate things like spray pattern, flow, wear and performance before you hit the field saves you time and money. In this video featuring OMAFRA’s Helmut Spieser,… Read more »

Soybean School – How Did the 2012 Growing Season Shape Up?

August rains make grain. That’s an old saying, but it held true this year in Ontario. The Ontario soybean crop managed to hold on through extreme hot and dry conditions to receive those timely rains and produce what was, overall, a great crop. In this episode of the Soybean School, Ken Currah of PRIDE Seeds… Read more »

A 3-Point Plan for Using Micronutrients on Your Farm

The macronutrients — nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and sulphur — get most of the attention when planning for crop nutrition needs, as they should, but more and more farmers are looking at a crop’s need for micronutrients to reach maximum yield potential. Micros are needed in very small amounts but are critical for optimal plant health… Read more »

Tillage – Can it leave over 30 Percent Residue Cover?

Leaving 30% crop residue has been proven to minimize top soil losses from wind and water erosion. But what does 30% soil cover look like? Do certain tillage implements leave less than 30% crop residue? Crop residue in the form of corn stalks or cereal straw, or green cover (growing crops or cover crops) are… Read more »

Syngenta Enters The Canola Seed Market

Back in May, RealAgriculture.com’s Shaun Haney asked David Morgan, Syngenta’s North America region director, “When will Syngenta get into the Canola business?” The answer, it appears, is now. Syngenta Canada announced today the launch of SY4135, a Roundup Ready canola variety. This one variety officially marks the company’s entry in to the Canadian canola seed… Read more »

CSTA President Steve Denys Outlines the Associations Key Objectives

The Canadian Seed Trade Association has a lot on its plate. Newly elected President Steve Denys will be the first to tell you that. The association is working toward directing government policies that will help Canadian producers thrive at home and compete abroad in a fast paced, constantly changing arena. We spoke to Steve at… Read more »