Month: September 2013

Do you know where your check-off dollars go?

I didn’t know much about agriculture when I started farming, so there were questions I didn’t ask, and things I didn’t worry about. “Check-off dollars” made that list. I sort of sloughed it off as one of the necessities of the industry, ignoring the details and giving the organizations that benefited all the trust in… Read more »

Busting the “Good Old Days” Myth: Cam Dahl

A guest editorial By Cam Dahl, General Manager of the Manitoba Beef Producers. Local. Organic. Hormone free. Gluten free. No pesticides. Nothing artificial. These are the buzzwords in food marketing today. Who can object to all of these wholesome sounding concepts? Food companies are trying to take us back to a time which many consumers… Read more »

Under the Microscope: Dormancy Explained

Seed that looks mature and healthy but won’t sprout could be dormant. What does this mean for seed supplies, and is there anything special you should do before sending in seed samples for testing to try and break it? No, says Holly Gelech, business development manager with Biovision Seed Labs. Dormant seeds are still considered… Read more »

David Suzuki Gets Challenged By Actual Scientists in Australia

Now I am not the biggest Ezra Levant fan, nor do I subscribe to Sun TV but I stumbled upon a very interesting segment on Ezra Levant’s program.   Levant features an interview that David Suzuki participated in while he was visiting Australia. Click Here to See the interview here It is very interesting to… Read more »

Five Nations Beef Alliance Hopeful for Expansion

The Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) met in Australia for their annual conference. Tours and introductions began in Brisbane, then gradually migrated towards Cairns, where the conference concluded. Some of the topics discussed at the FNBA meetings, included discussions around: the letter of support for a comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Country of Origin Labelling, consumer preferences, the Young… Read more »

Poll: Is marketing of food “differences” good or bad for farming?

Hot on the heels of Chipotle’s “Scarecrow” scare tactics, comes the announcement from the fast-food chain A&W that it will now be serving “better beef” in both Canada and the U.S. What is better beef? Beef that was raised without the use of growth promotants, according to the company’s press release. A&W has devoted an… Read more »

Help consumers on their road to better health by explaining what you do

Yet more evidence is trickling out about consumers’ upbeat perceptions of farmers. And not surprisingly, once again, it’s good. This time the source is food consultant to the Royal Winter Fair, popular dietitian Lois Ferguson of Eating For Ecstasy fame. She’s released results of a survey conducted with more than 1,400 fairgoers last November, which… Read more »

Corn School: Early Production Estimates & Evaluating Vomitoxin Levels

How has the corn crop fared? Will the high levels of vomitoxin seen in wheat and barley also occur in the corn crop? Not always, says Greg Stewart, corn specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. In this episode of the Corn School, Stewart discusses preliminary production estimates of the Ontario corn crop,… Read more »

Beef Market Update: Decent Supplies, mCOOL Uncertainty Weigh on Western Canadian Prices

In this edition of the Beef Market Update for late September, Anne Wasko, marketing analyst with Gateway Livestock Exchange, offers commentary on last week’s on-feed cattle report out of the U.S. that added to the bullish outlook there. The hiccup is, she explains to RealAgriculture.com editor Lyndsey Smith, that the same bullish factors of tight… Read more »

Wheat School: Evaluating Drill Row-Units & Considerations for an Air Cart

Phil Needham’s main message for anyone aiming for maximum wheat yields is always to pay most attention to the actual seeding pass. The potential of any crop is established at seeding and emergence, and achieving maximum potential requires quality seed, high seeding rates and the all-important precise seed placement. Several types of drills will do… Read more »

When should I burn off the red clover?

If the clover starts to flower, it must be time to spray it out, right? Not so, says Peter Johnson, cereal specialist with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. In fact, spraying out clover that early means you miss out on major soil-building benefits through the month of October. As Johnson explains in this video,… Read more »

Wheat School: Bump Winter Wheat Seeding Rates as the Fall Progresses

The first rule of planting winter wheat is to start early. If you didn’t (and, with a late soybean harvest, that’s reasonable to expect), the next rule of planting winter wheat is to start now. That’s because the earlier in the ideal seeding window winter wheat gets in the ground, the more likely that crop… Read more »

Soybean School West: Assessing soybean maturity and frost risk

Hear that? If you shake soybean plants and hear the rattle of seeds in the pods, the plant has reached physiological maturity. Does that mean the crop is ready to harvest or past being damaged by frost? Not so fast. In this Soybean School video, Kristen Podolsky, production specialist with the Manitoba Pulse Growers Association,… Read more »

Night-Only Drying Too Simplistic for safe grain dry down, Research Suggests

RealAgriculture.com recently ran a story featuring work out of the Indian Head Agriculture Research Foundation that suggests farmers could save on drying costs by only turning aeration fans on at night, when the air temperature sunk below the temperature of the gain in the bin. Once we posted the story, more than a few farmers… Read more »

Conservation Tillage Equipment: The Number One Question Farmers Need to Ask

Hands down, the one-pass seedbed prep demo was the most popular event at this year’s Outdoor Farm Show held at Woodstock, Ont. Farmers by the hundreds eagerly followed behind each implement, kicking soil and evaluating the job of over 20 conservation-minded tillage units. The sheer volume of farmers present speaks to farmers’ interest and, dare… Read more »