Month: June 2013

The Morris 9 series Air Cart Packed with Farmer-Friendly Features

The Morris slogan is “We hear you” and with the recently unveiled Morris Razr disc drill and the new 9 series Air Carts, it’s clear they do. RealAgriculture’s Debra Murphy was on the grounds before  Canada’s Farm Progress Show to see the new equipment. In this video, Garth Massie, corporate agronomist for Morris Industries, describes the numerous improvements in… Read more »

New Partnership Invests in Ontario Wheat Variety Development

The University of Guelph is on the hunt for a new winter wheat breeder following a major announcement this week. Grain Farmers of Ontario, SeCan and the university have partnered to create a new tenure-track position to focus on the crop, Ontario’s third largest acreage crop after corn and soy. In this interview, Bern Tobin,… Read more »

How Do We Make the U.S. Care about COOL? More with John Masswohl

It’s tough being a small fish in a big pond. In this case, Canada’s beef industry is that minnow in the giant ocean that is the U.S. beef industry. Or perhaps that’s not fair — it would seem the big hiccup with the entire mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) fiasco is that, according to… Read more »

Wheat School: Do you Know your Variety’s Rust Resistance? It Matters.

Rust in cereals, and especially stripe rust, is a disease that it can be easy to allow to drop off the radar. After all, the spores are carried by wind and may not reach your growing region in time to really cause an issue. What’s more, decent varietal resistance exists for many races of rust,… Read more »

Ag More Than Ever is Changing Perceptions, More to Be Done: Lyndon Carlson

Farm Credit Canada launched a massive, industry-wide PR campaign last year not for itself but for the entire agriculture industry. Yes, agriculture — farming, food, the industry, farmers — for everyone. The Agriculture More Than Ever movement has since been joined by several partners, including RealAgriculture.com, with a goal of connecting consumers to agriculture and… Read more »

The Consolidating of Finishing Feedlots, But Good News for Ranchers is on Deck: Brian Perillat

To say it was a tough winter is perhaps an understatement. High feed costs, cold weather and the dollar at par or better weighed on the cattle market well into the spring. Add the misery of more stringent COOL requirements, and there have been some grumpy faces in the cattle market these days. Brian Perillat,… Read more »

Corn School: Cool Start, Risk of Drought Buoys Corn Prices

A cool start delayed corn planting in the U.S., so much so that there’s a rumoured 78 million acres of soybeans in the ground down south.  A late start means the critical pollination period of the crop — a huge factor in determining yield —  into the typically hot weeks of late July. While the… Read more »

The Carrot Approach to Alternative Land Use Services

Concerns of habitat loss, wildlife diversity, climate change and clean air and water are growing. Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) — originally a pilot project out of Manitoba — is a means of addressing these concerns through a program where private landowners are paid to maintain and improve the ecological goods and services on their… Read more »

Fencing Tips for Multi-Species Grazing

So, we now know the benefits of multi-species grazing, and how to choose a guardian dog for predation control, but how do we keep the little critters from escaping? At the Multi-Species Grazing Workshop hosted by Sexton Grazing and Consulting in Hanley, SK, we spoke to Jason Williams, Western Canada sales agent with Tru-Test.  In this video,… Read more »

The Alfalfa Weevil Watch — Scout, Shake and Count

This spring I listened in on the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture’s Alfalfa Weevil Webinar.  I assume I’m not the only farmer out there who had little knowledge of the alfalfa weevil before the webinar, let alone any idea of how much of a problem it is becoming. Let’s just say that if you have yet… Read more »

The Giant SprayFlex Delivers Serious Spraying Capacity & Quick Travel Time

To say that big machinery gets noticed at a farm show is understating that fact just a little. It seems each company is trying to out-do each other every year. While it may not have been their intention, the SprayFlex sprayer dwarfed just about every other piece of equipment at Canada’s Farm Progress Show. With… Read more »

Soybean School: Are There Really That Many U.S. Acres? Watch for Fireworks: Moe Agostino

Farmers and analysts alike will be watching Friday’s USDA report for several reasons, and one of them will be the soybean acreage number. Poor planting weather in many corn-heavy U.S. states has many thinking the shift out of corn and into soybeans puts the total acres somewhere north of 77 million acres. If it’s below… Read more »

Tight Supplies, Weather Issues Offer Short-Term Market Support: Moe Agostino

Pricing new crop is rarely a low-risk venture — the crop is a long way from made and there’s a mountain of weather information, seeded acreage reports and variable demand to distill down into an opinion on price direction. It’s exactly that type of distilling that Moe Agostino, with Farms.com Risk Management, does on a… Read more »

A 3-Point Plan for Avoiding Leaf Disease Losses

It’s that time of year where we transition from killing weeds to protecting our crops from diseases. Growing conditions across much of Western Canada have been good, with adequate moisture (to too much moisture!) and warm temperatures; this is excellent for the crops, but also creates a conducive environment for diseases to thrive. Scouting: As… Read more »

Versatile Unveils the DeltaTrack at Canada’s Farm Progress Show

Tracks are a big deal in mucky conditions, and work mighty fine in non-mucky fields, too. Versatile is the latest company to offer a track option, and unveiled the company’s newly designed Delta Track at the 2013 edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show. In this video, Adam Reid, director of marketing for Versatile, walks us… Read more »