Month: February 2013

Find Unique Ways to Say “Be Careful and Stay Safe”

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 »

Get Past High Protein — Why Smaller Classes of Wheat Deserve Attention

The transition from the closed to open wheat and barley market has gone very smoothly, of that most will agree. Sales have gone through, prices have been strong and the hiccups have been relatively minor. Earlier this week, several market analysts, grain buyers and farmers converged on downtown Winnipeg for Wild Oats Grainworld, a conference… Read more »

Row Spacing Won’t Limit the Geringhoff Independence Corn Header

As average corn yields are pushed higher and higher, some companies view the traditional row crop corn header as approaching maximum capacity. Geringhoff, a specialized corn header company, has unveiled a new type of corn header that combines aspects of both the row crop type and the solid-seeded type best suited for corn silage. The… Read more »

Under the Microscope, Ep. 8: The Value of a Pre-seed Pulse Screen

Ah, early spring — the days are getting longer, the snow is starting to melt ever so slightly, and farmers are dusting off the machinery in hopes of an early seeding season. While many are fine-tuning their crop rotations and acreage counts, the savvy farmer is also pouring over seed test results and using the… Read more »

Canola School: CanoLAB Brings the Field Indoors

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 »

Ask FarmLink: Why Don’t More Farmers Use Futures Brokers?

Whenever someone mentions risk management in grain marketing, someone also mentions futures, options, puts, calls and, eventually, most people’s eyes glaze over. Anyone who has done a marketing course has also run through a hedging example or five in their education only to find that these tidy examples involving one crop rarely mirror real life…. Read more »

No More Food Fights — Straight Talk about Food with Michele Payn-Knoper

Michele Payn-Knoper, agvocate, farmer and author, recently launched a book aimed at connecting consumers and farmers, in hopes of bringing some civility to the farming and food conversations happening today. The book is called “No More Food Fights,” and is written in two halves, with a bridging chapter to connect the two. One half of… Read more »

Avoiding Succession Planning Leads to Pitfalls

“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 »

Wheat School: Blowing past 100 bu/ac in Spring Wheat

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 »

What’s Your Definition of the Perfect Farm?

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 »

Beef Market Update – Breaking Down the NCBA and ABIC 2013 Conventions

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 »

The Most Powerful People in Food: Not Farmers

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 »

Twitter Must-Follows in Western Canadian Agriculture

Here at RealAgriculture, we love us some social media. Because of that we often get asked: “Who should I follow on Twitter?”  We gave it a bit of thought, and while we’d love to suggest you follow all 6,000 of our followers, we decided to put together a short list of people and organizations to… Read more »

The Case IH Early Riser Planter Designed for Quick Emergence

Demands and expectations are very high on seeders and planters. Seed must be delivered quickly and gently, then metered accurately and placed precisely in the furrow, regardless of conditions. The planter then has to close up the furrow, pack it down and carry on, all the while adjusting for terrain and trash at over five… Read more »

The Kinze 4900 Planter Defines Precision

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 »