Month: July 2013

AgNerds: Rick Taillieu on the $-Saving, Friend-Making, Weather Forecasting Benefits of Mobile Tech

What does NHL hockey, the weather, German apps and fanny packs have to do with mobile technology? Come, let me show you. In this edition of the always informative but rarely serious AgNerds, Shaun Haney is joined by someone other that the elusive Peter Gredig. Yes, it’s true, Rick Taillieu, Winnipeg Jets fan number 1… Read more »

Hodgson: 2% Growth, International Cattle Markets & the U.S. Private Sector Recovery

It’s always a treat to find an economist whose insights and discussions don’t bore you to tears or leave you feeling a wee bit deflated (sorry, economists!). That’s why RealAgriculture.com is always glad to cross paths with Glen Hodgson, senior vice president & chief economist with the Conference Board of Canada, as he’s not just… Read more »

How far are we from N-Fixing Wheat, Corn & Canola?

Dry atmospheric air contains about 20% oxygen and over 78% nitrogen. Nitrogen, in its molecular, gaseous form (N2(g)) is very stable, and does not react easily with other compounds. In order to be used, then, the coupled nitrogen atoms must first be split. Consider it similar to asking a new couple for help with harvest…. Read more »

Soybean School West: What’s Eating my Soybeans? Which Insects to Blame & More

If you’re relatively new to growing soybeans, you’re likely checking on the crop more often than others. That’s good, of course, as scouting is rarely a waste of time. What you may be seeing at this time of year is leaf damage — insect feeding on leaf margins or in a “shot” hole pattern. What’s… Read more »

Wheat School: Do Double Nozzles Have More Droplets?

If you’ve been talking to your neighbours about spraying, chances are you’ve heard that double nozzles are one way of increasing the number of droplets sprayed. Not necessarily, says spray application specialist Tom Wolf. “The unstated assumption behind that is that droplets are getting smaller when you have two nozzles instead of one,” Wolf says…. Read more »

Potash Corp and Mosaic Get Crushed After Russia Uralkali Shocks the Market

Russia’s Uralkali has put the market through the ringer this morning.  In a story that has many caught off guard, Russia’s Uralkali has decided to break up its partnership in Belarus Potash Company.   This has greatly impacted the ability for the potash cartel to operate effectively. As reported on CNBC.com this morning, The break-up of the Belarus… Read more »

Canada Beef Pleased Import Levy Introduced to Promote Beef to Consumers

It costs money to promote Canadian Beef and finally some of this funding will be on the backs of importers.  Federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz announced this morning that an amendment to the Beef Cattle Research, Market Development and Promotion Levies Order to include an import levy on beef cattle, beef and beef products.  The… Read more »

Pulse School: Which Input is the Most Important for Max Pea Yields?

Which input do you think is the most critical to a pea crop’s success — starter N, inoculant type, fungicide seed treatment or seeding rate?  If you guessed seeding rate, you get a gold star, but by how much and what impact, if any, do these other inputs have on maximizing pea yields? Those answers… Read more »

AAFC Rolls out $15 million for Pulse Science Cluster

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz was in Saskatoon, Sask., today, to announce $15 million worth of further investments to the agriculture industry from the AgroInnovation Program and the new Growing Forward 2 policy framework. “Thanks to the commitment to innovation today and over the years, special crops and pulse industries are well-positioned to capture new market… Read more »

Panera Bread Takes Cheap Shot at Farmers, Gets Twitter-Spanked

As Gary Larson once said, The Chickens are Restless. If you’re not on Twitter, you likely haven’t heard about a growing group of disgruntled farmers taking aim at Panera Bread Company’s cheap shot at conventional agriculture. Cheap shot is perhaps being generous — an entire ad campaign has been built around fear mongering and misinformation,… Read more »

Stored Grain on Aeration: Turn Your Fans OFF In the Morning

Guess what? The old “turn the fans on and leave them on” at harvest isn’t necessarily true. Contrary to what farmers have been told and have been doing for quite some time, warm days actually add or maintain moisture levels in grain bins. Yes, really. Research on the subject out of the Indian Head Agricultural… Read more »

Monosem’s Twin Row Planter Narrows Corn Rows, Keeps 30″ Centre

While there is increased interest in narrow row corn both north and south of the Canadian border, the harvest equipment required for 15″ row corn isn’t exactly the norm. Sure, the Geringhoff header may one day mean row width doesn’t matter, but in the interim, 30″ centres are the norm. In response to the interest… Read more »

Monsanto Shifts Focus in Europe

Have you heard that Monsanto has been driven out of doing business in Europe? Not so, says the company, though they are changing the business direction in that market. “People have said we are exiting the GMO business in Europe, but we don’t really have a business,” Jose Manuel Madero, Monsanto’s president and managing director… Read more »

The Evils of Navel Ill & Other Lowlights of the 2013 Calving Season

The 2013 calving season was, to say the least, awful on our farm. Ugh, I still shudder at the thought of it. If you were anything like me, you were confused. The lack of sleep and surplus of snow certainly didn’t help. Why is this calf sick? What are these signs and symptoms indicative of?… Read more »

Pyroxasulfone: A Candidate for Wild Oat Control in Peas

Wild oat control is, like it or not, an increasingly costly issue in Western Canada. Not only is herbicide expensive (costing growers over $500 million annually), we are also seeing an increase in resistant wild oat populations. There are several fields with confirmed resistance to both Group 1 and Group 2 products. Farmers do and… Read more »