Month: May 2013

Flax & Swine: Bringing Home the Omega-3 Bacon

There’s no denying the flax market tanked following the discovery of CDC Triffid in exports to Europe in 2009. The Flax Council of Canada set out a testing protocol for Triffid, but many farmers balked at the idea of sowing flax seed again. It’s been four years now —will we see a gradual shift back… Read more »

Ontario Crop Update: Late Spring Frost Impact, First Haying & Accumulated CHU

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food has released its latest crop update, dated to May 29. Last weekend’s frost has had an impact on several crops but the only real worry is in the most advanced wheat crops, some of which are pollinating right now. Wheat heads still in the boot or just emerging… Read more »

Pulse School: Chuck Penner Weighs in on Pea & Lentil Market Direction

Farmers who had included pulses in their initial crop rotations for 2013 are likely to rewarded for sticking with the crop thanks to continued big demand and lofty prices for most crop types. That’s according to Chuck Penner, owner of LeftField Commodity Research, who spoke with RealAgriculture.com’s Shaun Haney in this episode of the Pulse… Read more »

Canola School —2 Ways to Count Plants & the Ultimate Canola Challenge

How well did the seeding pass go? How well is the crop establishing? The only way to know is to get on out there, get down low and count canola plants. Checking on and counting newly emerged plants is a great time to evaluate depth consistency, identify any skips or over-seeding by run and a… Read more »

What’s Farm Land Worth? The 4 Factors That Determine Price

Location has often been the first three things that drives real estate value, but when it comes to farm land, location means something very different. What’s more, while location is very important to land’s intrinsic value, there are several other factors that may trump where farm land is located. It makes sense, as farm land… Read more »

What’s the Most Cost Effective Way to Control Wild Oats?

According to Neil Harker, research assistant with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, wild oat management through herbicide application costs western Canadian producers around $500 million annually. Herbicide resistance in many weed biotypes is cropping up — resistance within wild oat populations has been nagging at farmers’ fields for years and is spreading. How can we combat… Read more »

Soybean School: Herbicide & Tillage Options for Glyphosate Resistant Fleabane

We’ve talked about the importance of pre-plant control of Canada fleabane, and how to avoid letting this weed get a foothold in your field, but what are your options when it is there? There are several options, but the effectiveness of both tillage or herbicides is influenced by many factors. Tillage is only about 70%… Read more »

Farm Group Calls for Streamlined Border Access

It’s great to see farm groups take a public position. Their members want to hear from them, and increasingly, so does the public, especially when these groups are represented by real farmers. Even better yet is when a farm group’s concerns mesh with the public’s understanding of the status quo – such as border crossing… Read more »

What’s Your Land Purchase Strategy?

With growth like we’ve seen in the last five to 10 years, buying farm land is as close as you can get to a sure bet, right? While it’s true that money invested in land recently has returned far more than you’d make in more public investments, it doesn’t mean the investment is without risk…. Read more »

Roundup Ready Wheat Reported Found in Oregon Field, Monsanto Working to Confirm

Though it has not been grown in nearly a decade, wheat containing the Roundup Ready gene has been reportedly found in an Oregon, U.S., field by the USDA. The Roundup Ready wheat was field tested many years ago by Monsanto in the state from 1999 to 2005, but the crop was never approved for commercial… Read more »

Sask. Ag Minister Weighs in on the Canadian Wheat Alliance

The Canadian Wheat Alliance was announced on May 16 and will provide $97M worth of funding over five years for wheat research. The effort will combine expertise from each of: the National Research Council, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the province of Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan. “Wheat research has lagged a bit,” says Lyle… Read more »

Soybean School West: The Yield Impact of Volunteer Canola

Towering yellow-flowered plants in a soybean field don’t just look a bit out of place, these volunteer canola plants are actually competing with the crop and using valuable soil nutrients. Just how much of an impact this has on final soybean yield is important to know, as, just like with any pest, it’s important to… Read more »

Wheat Disease Control Strategies: Moving from Flag Leaf Timing to Heading Timing

Protecting the almighty flag leaf of a wheat crop is paramount, as this single, fat leaf contributes the vast majority of energy to fill those kernels. Timing a fungicide application to protect against leaf diseases like tan spot or septoria must happen before heads emerge to really benefit the crop. Of course, as heads start… Read more »

Canola School: Assessing Stands for Root Rot Damage

While seeding may be running a wee bit behind average for many, the long days and warmer soil can mean crops pop up quite quickly. In Manitoba, many canola fields are pushing through in about a week, which makes now a great time to start scouting for a number of things, like flea beetle feeding… Read more »

Seeder and Planter Manufacturers Continue to Push Envelope of “How Big is Too Big?”

As we discussed last week, biq seeders and planters have stepped up to make sure that the crop gets planted on time across the United States and Canada.  It has made me think about all the times we have asked the question of “how big is too big?” in the past. Here are some videos… Read more »