Month: March 2013

Talking to Farmers: Is 150 bu/ac Wheat Possible in Western Canada?

How high can wheat yields go? Is 150 bushels an acre achievable, and, if so, how do we get there? That’s the question we asked several farmers at this year’s FarmTech conference. The answers are evenly split between yes, no and yes, but only if fill-in-the-blank happens. It would seem it’s that fill-in-the-blank part that… Read more »

USDA Report Hammers the Commodity Markets – Chuck Penner

If you cannot see the above embedded audio player, CLICK HERE According to Chuck Penner, LeftField Commodity Research, everyone was waiting for the USDA planting intention report with baited breathe but what shocked (or maybe not) the market was the stocks report. Farmers holding onto old crop crop corn and wheat without unhedged are feeling… Read more »

This Week in Ontario — A Beef Boost, Local Food and a Popular Premier

If you judge a politician’s strategy by where they choose their photo ops, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has her sights firmly set on rural Ontario. Typically the domain of the Progressive Conservatives, Wynne appointing herself ag minister after winning the premiership was a very strategic move in winning the hearts and votes of rural Ontario…. Read more »

USDA Report Bearish Corn, Lends Price Support to Smaller Crop Types

A near-record number of intended corn acres estimated today by the USDA’s planting intentions report has pressured corn markets limit-down for the day. Hear what Chuck Penner Thinks About the USDA Stocks Report Today The report pegs estimated acres at 97.3 million acres, a total eclipsed only by a mid-1930s planting. SEE MARKET PRICES HERE…. Read more »

Beef Research School: Antimicrobial Resistance Management in Livestock Production

Understanding and managing antimicrobial resistance is important for livestock production and to ensure the continued effectiveness of veterinary products. It’s also a complex issue under intense public scrutiny two factors that, under the wrong conditions, don’t go well together. The Ontario Medical Association recently began pushing for governments to step up its involvement in the… Read more »

Comfort Strategies for Dairy Cows — Try a Waterbed

The more comfortable a cow’s bed, the more likely she’ll spend her day laying about making milk instead of standing or walking. A well supported, comfortable, resting cow is less likely to end up lame as well, and the link between lameness and reduced production and decreased fertility is real. Nearly all bedding options —… Read more »

Don’t Manage (Equipment) Trades like the Calgary Flames

A historic moment transpired last night. The Calgary Flames traded its leading scorer, captain and legendary player, Jarome Iginla, to the Pittsburgh Penguins for two marginal prospects and a late first-round draft pick in the 2013 entry. Long-time Calgary Flames fans are disappointed with the return for their greatest hero. Much of the sports media is critical… Read more »

Stable markets with more producers: A $10-million boost for Ontario corn-fed beef

It was high noon in steamy Windsor, Ont., when the Ontario Corn-Fed Beef Program was launched at a lunchtime steak BBQ back in the summer of 2001. Given the heat, you could have grilled the corn-fed beef directly on the strip mall parking lot where the sweltering event was staged, and skipped the middleman –… Read more »

How Do Farmers Who Want it Push for Changes to Grower Group Structure?

The discussion around proposed changes to the check-off funded associations in Western Canada is growing significantly. No, not everyone is on-side with the idea — many grower group members feel they best serve the commodity’s interest individually, and are opposed to joining ranks across provinces and especially not nationally. Danny Penner is one of those,… Read more »

Using a Planter for Canola? Top Tips to Avoid a Wreck

Canola seed is darn expensive. So is equipment. Buying new equipment to save on seed only makes sense if you make the most of the iron purchase. If you’re one of the many farmers curious about integrating a shiny new or not-so-new planter into the equipment mix with your sights set on saving on canola… Read more »

Pulse School: 3 Ways to Maximize Inoculant Performance

Sliding pulses into rotation is a great way to bump up your crop rotation benefits, adds marketing and cash flow options and also adds nitrogen credits for subsequent crops. All that being said, the delivery of that added N is only possible if pulse seed is properly inoculated ahead of going in the ground or… Read more »

Wheat School: Wheat in Rotation Bumps Nitrogen Use Efficiency of Corn

Not only does wheat bump corn and soy yields when included in rotation, but adding the crop also means the nitrogen used in that rotation goes further. What does that really mean? Well, at least one way to look at it is that you can still hit high yields in a continuous corn or corn-soy… Read more »

Winner of the Keys to the Combine Contest Sits In Her New Combine For the First Time

Helen Choquette was the luck winner of the Keys to the Combine contest co-sponsored by Dow Agro Sciences and the Western Producer. Find out more about the Keys to the Combine contest Shaun Haney spoke to Helen moments after she sat in the brand new New Holland CR 9090 valued at $331,000 for the first… Read more »

More RR2 Soybeans on Deck with Latest DuPont Pioneer & Monsanto Agreement

DuPont and Monsanto have announced the companies have reached a technology licensing agreement that will see DuPont Pioneer offer Roundup Ready 2 and Xtend soybean varieties in the future. The agreements include a multi-year, royalty-bearing license for Monsanto’s next-generation soybean technologies in the United States and Canada. DuPont and Monsanto also announced that they’d dismiss… Read more »

Talking to Farmers: What’s your Favorite App?

We use our phones for so much more than talking and texting — from tracking markets and weather, to finding and sharing information, to just killing time with some entertainment. There are a seemingly infinite number of apps out there, and more are developed each week. How do you decide which are worth it? This… Read more »