Farm safety took on a new meaning for me when I first met Alberta farmer Cliff Breitkreuz Jr., on his meticulously kept farm near Onoway. That’s going back a few years. Cliff had typed me a letter (on a manual typewriter) and then surface mailed it, inviting me to his farm to talk about politics… Read More

It’s one thing to know that you should be scouting for blackleg, sclerotinia, sulphur deficiency and cutworms, for example. It’s another thing entirely to actually scout every field for every pest at the optimal timing during the hectic growing season. What if there was a way to practice insect, disease and nutrient deficiency identification when… Read More

“Farm succession can get heated,” says Thamesville, Ont., farmer Dennis Jack. “But you have to get on with life and deal with it or you will destroy your own life worrying about.” In this episode of the Agricultural Management Institute’s (AMI) new farm succession video series, Jack talks about his family’s succession struggles and how reaching… Read More

Everyone loves a good challenge. The Grain Farmers of Ontario 2012 spring wheat challenge recently awarded top prize to Del Cressman, from Listowel, Ont., for his 112 bu/ac average crop. Breaking and surpassing 100 bushels per acre while maintaining protein doesn’t happen by chance, of course. In this video, Cressman outlines the management factors and… Read More

Is there such thing as a perfect farm? If so, what does it look like? Is it a fixed size? Is it highly specialized, or incredibly diverse? The perfect farm is a concept that Gary Martens, instructor with the department of plant science at the University of Manitoba, brought up to me some time ago… Read More

February is a busy month for cattle conventions. The American industry hosted the National Cattlemans Beef Association convention and the Alberta cattle industry hosted the Alberta Beef Industry Conference. Anne Wasko (Dunford) represented RealAgriculture at both events this year. See More Beef Market Update Episodes In this episode of the Beef  Market Update, Shaun Haney… Read More

Take it for what it’s worth (a relatively arbitrary list from The Daily Meal), but a recent who’s who of food puts farmers at the bottom of the list when it comes to who influences how and what we eat. The Daily Meal launched its “50 Most Powerful People in Food” list recently, ranking individuals… Read More

The National Farm Machinery Show, held each year at Louisville, Kentucky, is a dream show for anyone who likes iron. It’s a huge show, with giant crowds and all the latest and greatest machinery on display. At this year’s show, KINZE Manufacturing unveiled its newest planter — the 4900 model. The 4900 features a brand… Read More