Year: 2012

Cropweek 2012 – Canterra Seeds & Richardsons Partner on Enterprise Durum

The end of the single desk in the West means that things will change in a number of areas. One of those areas is market development of crops like durum. Whereas the Canadian Wheat Board held the bulk of that responsibility under the single desk, that job now has to be spread out to other… Read more »

Soybean Aphid App – A Great Decision Making Tool

Courtesy of BauteBugBlog.com The Aphid Advisor app is a decision-making tool to help determine whether a control action is warranted for Soybean Aphids (Aphis glycines) on soybeans in the province of Ontario, Canada. This app uses aphid and natural enemy numbers, as well as expected population growth rates, to indicate whether there are enough natural… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – Brian Clancey on the 2012 Lentil Market Outlook

Lentil acres in Western Canada are projected to be down this year by as much as 25%. This according to Brian Clancey of Stat Publishing comes as a result of poor prices and a poor quality crop of off-grade lentils last year. Farmers are being challenged in their commitment to lentils.  The income potential of… Read more »

USDA WASDE Report is Very Bearish

Moe Agostino, from Farms.com Risk Management reports on yesterday’s USDA report which has really thrown the corn and soybean market into a bearish tailspin.  the market was somewhat surprised by the numbers but the reality is that ending stocks in corn, wheat and soybeans is not good if you are looking for higher prices. As… Read more »

Cropweek 2012 – Agremote Systems Offers Help for the One-Man Farm

During the busiest times of year, farmers are spread pretty thin. There are times when good help, or any help at all is hard to find. There are also times when you need another person as a helping hand for that “one little job” that is a major pain to do by yourself. Lining up… Read more »

Murad Al-Katib Touts the Large Future Opportunities of Pulse Crops

The current goal of the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Association is 7 million acres by 2025. Is that achievable? According to SaskCan Pulse / Alliance Grain Traders CEO Murad Al-Katib it is. He cites a number of reasons including farm sustainability with regard to crop rotations, higher protein value as a food source and the Canadian… Read more »

Farm Business E-Team Ep 2 – Road Map – Planning for the Year Ahead

Have you ever heard the saying, “hope is not a plan.” This is a great saying that is very applicable in agriculture. It is very critical to ensure that you are creating the proper roadmap. This should include projections on production, prices and yields. This also includes plans for capital expenditures in the coming year…. Read more »

Glyphosate Resistant Kochia Found in Southern Alberta

This morning Monsanto released a statement confirming the three fields in southern Alberta contain glyphosate resistant kochia. Not surprising considering that the growth of glyphosate resistant weeds in North America is on the rise. This new case though comes with a new twist that is different than other situations.  According to the Monsanto press release,… Read more »

Under the Microscope – Putting Germination Tests In Perspective

Germination tests are standard when it comes to any seed lot. A lot of seed for sale has to tested for germination so that the farmer or seed company can decide whether the seed lot will be suitable for sale.  Farmers that are saving seed also need to make sure that their saved seed will… Read more »

RealAgriculture.com to Launch Soybean a School for Canadian Growers

RealAgriculture.com has launched a new online resource for Canadian soybean growers in partnership with PRIDE Seeds, HiStick N/T and Cruiser Maxx Beans. As part of the On-Line Soybean School, RealAgriculture.com will publish a full schedule of episodes on soybean agronomy, markets and end use issues that can be found at SoybeanSchool.com. For many soybean growers the opportunity to… Read more »

Canola Council President Joanne Buth is Appointed to the Senate

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today that he has appointed seven new senators.  One of the new appointees is Canola Council of Canada President Joanne Buth.  According to the Winnipeg Free Press, buth has known since December that she would be appointed. Joanne Buth is a very respected individual in the agricultural community.  As the… Read more »

Corn School – Is Soil Tilth the Key to Unlocking 300 Bushel Corn?

New technologies have pushed corn yields into areas previously thought unreachable. The newest milestone being looked at is the 300 bushel mark. Many in the agriculture industry still think it’s a possibility. The issue is finding the missing part of the puzzle to unlock that potential. There have been great advancements in the areas of… Read more »

Aqua Check Takes Soil Moisture Testing into the Digital Age

Variable rate technology has huge implications for the efficiency and productivity on the farm. Data collection and monitoring are key components in the application of that technology. Knowing the composition of your fields, the structure of your fields as what went into those fields is the information that makes VRT technology benefit your farm by… Read more »

Dell Latitude ATG Laptop is Built for the Farm Environment

Some would argue that the tablet has cut into the laptop market. While that may be true, that portion of the market the tablet now has is exactly what those users wanted to start with, only it was never available to them before. The introduction of the tablet just brought that to light. The tablet… Read more »

Farm Business E-Team Ep 1 – Post Mortem: A Review of Last Year’s Business

Farming is a unique business. It involves every aspect of business you can imagine from shovelling to marketing. It’s that diversity that can make successful farming a challenge. Many farmers may be good at one or two aspects of the buiness but not so good at the others. This can have devastating consequences if you’re trying… Read more »