Year: 2012

Saskatchewan to Host Global Institute of Food Security

The Province of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) have launched the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) to develop Saskatchewan-led solutions to feed a growing world population. With initial commitments of up to $35 million from PotashCorp and $15 million from the province over the next seven years,… Read more »

Beef Research School: Safe Transport & Positive Outcomes for Cattle

Moving livestock safely, even short distances, requires the right type of trailer, skilled handlers and an informed plan for transport length and conditions. In order to ensure Canadian cattle are being handled with positive outcomes in mind, we need scientifically-informed guidelines for what appropriate travel durations and conditions are. Dr. Karen Schwartzkopf-Genswein, an Agriculture and… Read more »

Wheat School – Pushing the Envelope on Nitrogen Application Rates in Ontario

The standard 90 pounds of nitrogen on wheat in Ontario just doesn’t cut it anymore. That’s according to OMAFRA Wheat Specialist Peter Johnson. Johnson noted that some of the top growers in Ontario are using anywhere from 130 to 150 lb of nitrogen applied to ground that doesn’t have residual nitrogen from a cover crop…. Read more »

RealLeaders Ep 3 — Daryl Ritchie of MNP on Growing the Farm Business

Those who haven’t thought about or planned their business succession will have someone who has planned theirs take over their farm or business. It’s that simple. That’s according to Daryl Ritchie, chairman and CEO of MNP LLC, in this episode of the RealLeaders series. What’s more, Ritchie says that too often businesses and farms focus… Read more »

CWB Rolls Out Two New Pools

CWB has launched two new pools for farmers, including one that enables each farmer to choose their own price based on futures values, according to a company press release. The Winter Pool will operate like traditional pools, and features a six-month pooling period. The Futures Choice Winter Pool includes the option for farmers to choose… Read more »

Glencore Acquisition of Viterra is Finally Approved by China

In the story that seemed like it would never end.  China has finally approved the Glencore purchase of Viterra.  Many people in the industry were starting to question whether the deal would actually ever happen due to the constant delays and extensions of the deadline. See the press release. According to the press release:  This was the… Read more »

Prepping and Selling 4-H Show Calves: Where it Begins

Most of the pomp and circumstance at cattle shows swirls around the big purebred championships. It’s not different at Canadian Western Agribition, where show-stopping bulls sell for more money than most people’s cars cost. There’s a lot more that goes on at Agribition, though, that doesn’t always get as much attention, but it’s important nonetheless…. Read more »

Manitoba Tackles Tuberculosis Issue with New Coordinator

The threat of bovine tuberculosis from wild populations of animals in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park area has weighed heavily on cattle producers in the region for some time. The region has seen a steady decline in cattle and ranchers in part due to this threat. As a plan of attack, Manitoba recently announced the… Read more »

Corn School: The Impact of Early Planting and Ideal Establishment on Yield

An early spring with warm conditions, decent moisture at planting and high-yield-potential genetics make for a best-case scenario in the face of unfavourable weather conditions. The 2012 corn crop generally started out with excellent root structure and good moisture before Mother Nature turned off the top and cranked the heat. In spite of the dry… Read more »

Liberal Leader Hopeful sets her Sights on the End of Supply Management

The Liberal Party of Canada is in the middle of choosing a new leader. While the vast majority of attention has been lavished on a raven-haired prime minister’s son, Martha Hall Findlay has been the first (and perhaps only) candidate to bring any part of an agriculture platform into the race. RealAgriculture.com’s editor, Lyndsey Smith,… Read more »

Soybean School: 80 Bushel+ Beans Are Possible in Ontario

A few key environmental and agronomic factors converged in the 2012 crop that led to some surprising and even outstanding soybean yields. Of course, there were areas that suffered from dry weather, but there were also some areas that achieved yields in the 80 bushel range — some small plots even topped 100 bushels an… Read more »

Corn & Soy Bright Spots in Final 2012 Stats Can Report

The final Statistics Canada numbers are tallied for the 2012 crop and while there are few surprises in the report over the last version, it should be noted that corn and soybeans both had banner years. Grain corn is estimated at a record 13.1 million tonnes, up 15.0% from 2011. In Ontario, Stats Can estimates corn for grain… Read more »

Ralph Goodale Salutes the Recently Deceased Neil Jahnke in Parliament

Last week, a great contributor to the Canadian cattle industry was taken from us much too soon.  I was very saddened when I heard that last week of the passing of Neil Jannke. I had a beer with Neil and his son Shane at the Saskatchewan StockGrowers AGM last spring.  Always when with the Jahnke’s there was some great… Read more »

Farmer Style – Gangnam Style Parody – Peterson Farm Bros

Its great to to see that the Peterson Bros have struck gain with another great song parody to promote the story of agriculture. In case you missed the original song parody, “I’m Farming and I Grow it” This time the brothers have focused on the hit sensation Gangnam Style by PSY. RealAg E-Updates Email:   Enjoy… Read more »

CWB Ships First Load of Canola to Japan

CWB announced today the dispatch of its first shipload of canola from the Port of Prince Rupert. The cargo of 42,000 tonnes of Prairie canola is now travelling aboard the vessel Tai Health, enroute to customers in Japan, according to the company’s press release. Changes to the western Canadian grain-marketing system, implemented by the federal… Read more »