Month: January 2013

Corn School – Letting the Roots Tell the Story

It’s easy to see what’s going on with your corn crop above ground. You can see things like changes in colour, difference in height, physical damage. When it comes to a diagnosis however, in most cases it pays to start looking underground. Root analysis can keep you from throwing good money after bad. Adding nutrients… Read more »

Upcoming Young & Beginning Farmer Events in Manitoba

Young and beginning farmers have a lot hanging over them. Getting a business up and running, raising families, keeping up with all the latest in agriculture. It’s at that point that focus becomes critical. You can hit a point where you’re doing a million things and doing none of them well because you don’t know… Read more »

Big Discussions from Big Personalities at FarmTech 2013

It’s the last day of FarmTech — my very first one — and it’s been quite the week. The conference started with a big, bombastic Don Cherry look-a-like, featured popular presentations from Patrick Fabian, Stuart Barden, Drew Lerner and OMAFRA’s Peter Johnson, with the one and only Ron McLean speaking at Wednesday’s banquet, and will close… Read more »

End of an Era: Winnipeg’s Cereal Research Centre Set to Close

Earlier this week, I lined up an interview with Dr. Jeannie Gilbert, a plant pathologist at AAFC’s Cereal Research Centre, Winnipeg, Man. I wanted to speak with her about the threat of fusarium head blight for 2013 and what farmers can do now to prevent or manage the disease. When I arrived, I soon learned… Read more »

ATV Rider Safety Just One Part of a Farm Safety Plan

I saw an old picture the other day of a kid on a big-wheel in mid-air that just launched off a massive home-made jump with a caption that read: “The Seventies: No knee-pads, helmets, brakes or over cautious soccer moms. It’s just how we rolled.” Funny pic, but unfortunately the statistics were there to back… Read more »

Horseracing at A-Level Tracks Secured with 2-Year Deal

As we’ve covered here on RealAgriculture.com before, the Ontario government announced last year that it would end the Slots at Racetrack program as of March 31, 2013. The partnership had allowed Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) to house its VLTs at racetracks throughout the province, and the tracks were given a 20% stake in the… Read more »

Case IH Rolls Out Roomy, Redesigned Combine Cab

Combine and tractor cabs become like a second home during the busy season, and few can complain about the amenities included in the cabs of modern farm equipment. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t always room for improvement. For more Crop Week ’13 coverage, click here. With its 2013 models, Case IH has rolled out… Read more »

What you Missed at Farm Tech: RealAg’s Special Guest Kicks Off the Conference

For those of you not in frigid Edmonton this morning, Farm Tech ’13 is well underway, and, wow, did you miss a doozy of an opener! RealAgriculture.com is a proud media partner of the show, and had a blast dreaming up the opening video to kick off the conference this morning. Because we know no… Read more »

Yield Boosting Products Deserve a Healthy Critique

If every product added the “2 or 3 bushels per acre” promised, every farmer would easily have 400 bushel corn or 100 bushel canola. While there’s no doubt that crop protection and fertility products add value, not all products are created equal, and the benefits are most certainly not cumulative. Even the most basic of… Read more »

Under the Microscope, Ep. 7: What Makes a Vigour Test Different?

Results of a germination test are a must-have before heading to the field in the spring, but what about a vigour test? When should you order one and why? Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs, walks us through the major differences between the two tests, and how vigour tests may differ between… Read more »

Corn School: Ken Ferrie & the 7 Key Management Areas for Top Yield

Any farmer who loves a good list missed out on one fantastic presentation by Ken Ferrie at the recent CornSmart conference held recently at Guelph, Ont. Drawing conclusions from the 2012 growing season, Ferrie, an independent agronomist with Crop-Tech Consulting, ran through the seven key areas of corn production management where he feels farmers need… Read more »

Canadian cattle UTM Get Green Light for Shipping to Japan

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast today announced the Government of Canada has reached an agreement with Japan to expand market access to Canadian beef from animals under 30 months of age (UTM). This is an improvement over the current requirement which only permits beef exports from animals under 21 months… Read more »

Winter Woes: How I’m Feeling This Morning

It’s day 1,665 of winter (or so it feels), and we Prairie folk are finally emerging out from a solid week of high wind chills, blowing snow, awful driving conditions and more blowing snow. The lucky few booked their warm vacations for this week, but most of us are doing what we always do in… Read more »

Investment Fund Pressures Agrium to Cut Costs, Split Business

JANA Partners LLC, an investment group holding just over 6% of Agrium’s shares, is rallying Agrium’s other stockholders in an effort to put serious pressure on the company to change the way it operates. In an interesting turn, Jana has devoted an entire website to its cause — see it here — and has gone… Read more »

Comment Period Open on Beef Code of Conduct: Have Your Say!

A draft of a revised Canadian Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Beef Cattle is up for a 60-day comment period, and the cattle industry is encouraging its members to read the draft and proposed changes before the comment period ends in early March. The process of creating this draft took several… Read more »