Month: December 2012

Year 3 of CTF: Establishment, Water Infiltration and Harvesting Differences

Steve Laroque is starting to see some significant differences on his farm north of Drumheller, Alta., after three consecutive years of practicing controlled traffic farming. After learning some hard lessons in the first few seasons — their measurements were off when setting up a hitch for inter-row seeding — 2012 offered a glimpse at some… Read more »

Watch for Wheat Midge in Non-Traditional Areas of Alberta in 2013

The 2013 wheat midge forecast map is now live on the Alberta Agriculture website, Ropin the Web. This forecast is based on 298 soil samples taken in the fall after harvest. Indications are that wheat midge will be more of a concern for 2013 than it was for 2012. Midge numbers have increased and they… Read more »

The Top 10 Posts of the Year — East

To the surprise of likely very few, the year’s top post on RealAgriculture.com is one full of fun and frivolity. The Peterson Brothers’ parody of Psy’s “Gangham Style” went viral shortly after it was released and currently has 11 million views on YouTube. Of course, we’re not all about fun and games, and the Top… Read more »

The Top 10 Posts of the Year — West

To the surprise of likely very few, the year’s top post on RealAgriculture.com is one full of fun and frivolity. The Peterson Brothers’ parody of Psy’s “Gangham Style” went viral shortly after it was released and currently has 11 million views on YouTube. Of course, we’re not all about fun and games, and the Top… Read more »

A Look Back at 2012: The Top 10 Videos of the Year

The last few weeks of the year would not be complete without a Top 10 or two. While Shaun Haney and Lyndsey Smith have already weighed in with their thoughts on the top news stories of the year, we thought we’d also offer up what our viewers and readers watched most in 2012. Without further… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Lock in Profits as Opportunities Arise in 2013

2012 is winding down, but optimism and fed cattle prices are up. Heading into to 2013, the Canadian beef cattle industry looks strong, although high feed prices are still weighing on the market. Our American friends are still struggling with a drought that isn’t resolving quickly, which may offer some support to prices in the… Read more »

Wheat School: Using GoCereals.ca to Choose a Spring Wheat Variety in Ontario

Spring wheat may not be the highest acreage crop in Ontario, but it’s still an important crop for many, especially for those who need or sell straw. Choosing the right spring wheat variety takes a bit of research, but that research is easy to do with GoCereals.ca. In this video, Peter Johnson, OMAFRA’s wheat specialist,… Read more »

Thumbs up, Thumbs down: 2012 Ag News & Events In Review

‘Tis the season for not just gifts and celebrations, but also countdowns and Top 10 lists. RealAgriculture.com is not immune to such year-end traditions, and, in the spirit of the holidays (and impending end of the world? Maybe), Shaun Haney and Lyndsey Smith have done an overview of the year’s top ag news and events…. Read more »

Ritchie Bros Sells More Than CA$1 billion of Canadian Equipment in 2012

The world of machinery is really getting smaller.  Ritchie Bros announced today that they sold more than one billion dollars worth of machinery in Canada in 2012.  This is a new company record according to the company. Follow @RitchieBros on Twitter The Tweet From Ritchie Bros NEWS RELEASE: We sold more than CA$1 billion of… Read more »

Seed the Most Acres Per Fill — There’s an App for That!

Beyond Agronomy’s Steve Larocque is rolling out the Air Cart Maximizer, an app for Android and iPhone that quickly calculates the maximum acres per fill one can achieve with their air cart based on tank size, fertilizer and seeding rates. “It will tell you where to put seed and fertilizer and how much product to… Read more »

The Best Christmas Promo Gift This Year Was From Dekalb

There are good Christmas gifts and then there are great Christmas gifts. Dekalb did a great job this year by giving me a Dekalb branded scotch glass.  Truly the gift that keeps on giving, provided that the bottle of Glenrothes is not empty. Let us know what promo gifts that you got from companies this… Read more »

Farm Safety – Thin Ice Leads to Close Calls

This picture was tweeted by Gerrid Gust of Wheat Growers Fame.  See the tweet here.  According to the tweet string the neighbor was breaking ice.  Gerrid made the comment that the neighbor would probably not be engaging in this practice ever again. With many dugout and ponds just getting a nice layer of ice, farmers… Read more »

Dr. Danny Klinefelter: Developing your Farm Management Battle Plan

Agriculture has been on a roll for the last few years. Commodity and land values are up and interest rates are down — these are good times for farmers. How do you make the most of it? According to Dr. Danny Klinefelter, professor and extension economist with Texas A&M University, the time to prepare for a… Read more »

Soybeans in the West: Why You Don’t Need a Planter, Tips for Inoculating & More

To say that soybeans are the hottest topic in Manitoba right now is an understatement. The excitement around the crop is perhaps eclipsed only by the recent opening of Ikea. The N-fixing crop is definitely turning heads and has many farmers asking how they can jump on the soybean bandwagon. And so it was, that… Read more »

Canola School: Are Striped Flea Beetles Resistant to Seed Treatments?

It’s no secret that the striped flea beetle is a tougher opponent than the more common crucifer flea beetle. This canola pest tends to emerge earlier than the crucifer type and isn’t as easily killed by commonly used seed treatments. That does not mean, however, that the striped flea beetle is resistant to neonicotinoids, as… Read more »