Month: November 2012

Split No More: Ontario Bean Growers Agree to Amalgamate

Ontario white bean growers have voted to amalgamate with the Ontario Coloured Bean Association. Of the ballots returned, 77% were in favour of joining the OCBA. The vote represented 81% of the white bean acres in Ontario. The amalgamation is a contentious one, and has taken over a year to be brought to a vote…. Read more »

MAFRI to Close Offices, Streamline Services

Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives will have some regional offices “streamlined” in an effort by the province to reduce expenditures and deliver services more efficiently, a press release announced today. Front-line services will not be negatively impacted, the province says. Offices will be consolidated while in other cases it will mean restructuring, “modernizing services”… Read more »

Grazing Corn in Saskatchewan — Tips for Making it Work

Planting grazing corn is a great way to extend the Western Canadian grazing season well into the winter or start it earlier in the spring. The crop works well as a forage, even when seeded a bit later than ideal, as you’ll see in this interview. In this interview, Kevin Elmy, of Friendly Acres Seed… Read more »

Novozymes Acquires Natural Industries Inc.

Novozymes has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Natural Industries Inc., a company based in Houston, USA. Natural Industries Inc. is a bioagricultural company with annual revenues of $5 million. Natural Industries Inc. and Novozymes have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the agreement. The bioagriculture market is driven by farmers wanting to… Read more »

Preventing and Treating Lameness in Dairy Cattle

We demand so much of our dairy herd — the highest quality milk in copious quantities, excellent production persistence and (we hope) a heifer calf at every calving. The demands of modern dairy production mean cows spend much of their day standing, supporting their large frames and heavy udders. While dairy farmers take extra care… Read more »

The Role of Cattle Shows & Mentorship for the Young Rancher

The cattle business is also a people business. Sharing a coffee, shaking hands and commiserating in the leaky barns at Agribition is an import part of building your cattle business, whether as a purebred breeder or a commercial stock grower.  RealAgriculture.com sat down to speak with Sheldon Kyle, with Kenray Ranch, about why national cattle… Read more »

A Few Tips Before Jumping All-In on Soybeans in Saskatchewan

RealAgriculture.com caught up with Morris Halvorson of Foam Lake, Sask., at Agribition last week to talk about his 2012 soybean growing experience (to get an idea of how far north Foam Lake is, click here). He believes he’s the first farmer in Western Canada (with more than only a field or two) to grow nothing… Read more »

Brian Perillat On the Growth of the Canadian Cattle Herd & the XL Foods Hangover

Food safety in the beef industry was a topic that was front and centre at this years Canfax Cattle Market Forum. Producers and industry members were left questioning just how far the impact of the recall would reach and how long the hangover would last. As we found out when we sat down with Brian… Read more »

5 Questions to Ask of Your Farm Business Today

Tuesday nights are pretty important on Twitter if you’re involved in agriculture. Tuesday nights are #AgChat nights — a few hours of moderated conversation on a particular topic of interest for farmers, industry and anyone else interested in agriculture. Last night’s topic was farm business management. Farmers and aspiring farmers alike weighed in on questions… Read more »

BASF Completes Acquisition of Becker Underwood

BASF has completed the acquisition of Becker Underwood from Norwest Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity investment company, for a purchase price of US$1.02 billion, according to its press release. With the acquisition, BASF is now a global provider of technologies for biological seed treatment as well as seed treatment colorants and polymers. BASF has… Read more »

The Bug Counter Needs Your Help — Insect Surveying in Alberta

Welcome to what I hope will become part of your regular reading — The Bug Counter blog, here on RealAgriculture.com. As Insect Management Specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development my role is largely to count insects. Along with my technician, Shelley Barkley, and in-season help from summer students we have set out to create… Read more »

Under the Microscope, Ep. 5: Specialized Seed Testing

Sometimes you just need more than germ and vigour seed testing. There are a variety of reasons why you may need a variety test, for example, or perhaps you need to know the parts per million of vomitoxin levels in fusarium damaged grain. Whatever the question or problem, there’s a seed test for it. In… Read more »

Corn School: Fall Application of P & K and Gauging Compaction

Do you know how many pounds per bushel of phosphorus and potassium corn pulls out of the soil? Nitrogen gets all the attention in crop production, but these two nutrients are also very important to corn production, and, in years of decent yields, the total pounds per acre of P and K drawn out of… Read more »

How to Use Tillage Radish in Western Canadian Rotations

Graze it. Use it as a cover crop. Use it instead of iron to break up hard pan. It would seem no matter what your cropping system, farmers in Western Canada could find a use for Tillage Radish. Nature’s own plow, the massive tap root that the crop grows in a very short amount of… Read more »

Expected Nutrient Mineralization from Manure and Crop Residue: Jeff Schoenau

Soil is a magnificent thing. It’s the medium that makes crop production possible. It’s also rather mysterious. Even now, scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface of naming all the microbes that live in soil and understanding their functions and interactions. There’s also much we do know and understand about soil and its ability… Read more »