Month: November 2013

The RealAg Crop Update: The 2013 Corn Harvest Drags On

Timing really is everything, especially in agriculture and especially when it comes to weather. Sunshine and rainfall amounts might pan out on paper but a late start to planting, 20 plus days of rain in October and extreme heat with no rain in August can really throw things for a loop. Enter a very frozen… Read more »

Plan to Attend January’s 2014 Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference

If you’re a cattle producer in Western Canada, I expect you’ll find an opportunity for a mid-winter change of scenery rather interesting. Although the Saskatchewan Beef Industry Conference organizers likely won’t guarantee warm temperatures or a lack of snow, they are offering the chance to attend an industry tradeshow, breed and association meetings and the… Read more »

Ontario Agronomy Geeks, Ep. 2 — Have Another Pint, Gredig

Its time for episode two of the Ontario Agronomy Geeks. This weeks guests are St. Thomas farmer Peter Gredig and University of Guelph Professor and OMAFRA Weed Specialist Mike Cowbrough.  The panel joins Shaun Haney to discuss corn harvest progress, corn hybrid selection, potential acre increase for IP soybeans in 2014, does lower prices mean… Read more »

Be Heard: Submit Your Comments to the PMRA on the Neonicotinoid Regulatory Review

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency released a notice of intent in September 2013 to change label requirements of neonictoinoid seed treatment products used on corn and soybean seed after it was determined that “…current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable.” The notice of intent… Read more »

This Week on RealAg — The November 29th Edition

I’ve got to tell you, this week has been a bit of a marathon, maybe only a little bit because it started off in the rosy afterglow of a Rider win in the 101st Grey Cup championship (sorry Ti-Cat fans!). That, and we were everywhere this week. Everywhere! The RealAgriculture team was in Banff for… Read more »

The Case IH RB 565 Baler Offers Improved Pick-Up Width, An Overshot Feeder and More

In case you haven’t heard, there are a few new balers in town. We caught up with Cole Carling of Case IH at the Agri-Trade Exposition in Red Deer to talk about the RB 565 in particular. The baler comes in standard and premium models, with 4 and 5 bar pick-ups (respectively), an overshot feeder… Read more »

Yell Into the Phone: More Support for Public Plant Breeding!

Public breeding (for plants, that is) is not something you’d imagine the public yelling into a telephone about, telling their elected officials support for public plant breeding must absolutely be part of the next federal or provincial budget, or else. But stranger things have happened. For example, who would have thought people would get so… Read more »

The Beef Straw Man Attempts to Facilitate a Canadian Beef Industry Strategy

For a year there has been a very interesting project in development called the Beef Straw Man which is trying to facilitate a Canadian beef industry strategy. The three straw men gathered 200 people into the Deerfoot Inn and Casino in Calgary on Tuesday to get more input, seek feedback and prepare for a final… Read more »

Soybean School: The Value of Seed Treatments

Planting in to cool and especially cool and wet soils is not ideal for soybeans. But that description applies to most planting conditions in Ontario and perhaps most of Canada. Because of this reality, fungicide seed treatments are an invaluable tool in the establishment of healthy, vigorous, soybean stands. Albert Tenuta, provincial field crop pathologist… Read more »

Agri-Treks, Kenya, Ep. 2: Change Starts with Water, Soil & Education

Rob Saik, founder and president of the Agri-Trend Group of Companies, brought along his camera on his recent trip to Kenya, which is lucky for all of us, as we get to share in the journey, see the sites and get a sense of the struggles that Saik encountered along his way. As you’ll see… Read more »

Salford Bought by Private Equity Firm, Eyes Expansion

Ontario-based Salford Farm Machinery Ltd., manufacturer of farm implements, recently announced its partnership with private equity firm, New York-based GenNx360 Capital Partners. Salford currently serves North American and European markets from its facilities in Ontario and Iowa, and through a joint venture in Omsk, Russia. The company sells through more than 300 dealers and distributors… Read more »

CCA President, Martin Unrau Provides an Update on the Activities of CCA – Nov 2014

At the Canfax Market Forum I was able to catch up with the Canadian Cattlemen Association President Martin Unrau to get an update on the recent activities of the CCA in the last year. Obviously mandatory country of origin labeling MCOOL and CETA have captured much of the time. If you cannot see the above… Read more »

Weather is the American Cattle Industry’s Friend Right Now – Duane Lenz, Cattle Fax

It would seem that American and Canadian cattle producers have a little hop in their step and a little more jingle in their pockets. Cattle prices are high and feed costs continue to shrink. Shaun Haney caught up with CattleFax analyst Duane Lenz at the CanFax Market Forum in Calgary to discuss the American cattle… Read more »

TechTour: Post & Negotiate a Grain Deal from Anywhere with FarmLead.com

Selling grain can be as easy as a phone call, but that’s the exception, not the rule. What’s more, getting a deal done usually requires a bit of back and forth to get the terms that work for your farm. The easier it is for grain buyers and grain sellers to connect and negotiate, the… Read more »

The Storm Seed Treater Offers Peristaltic Pumps, a Metering Conveyor and More

Smart technology “follows” us into our combines, sprayers and grain bins, yet when it’s time to treat seed, it’s still very much a guessing game. But there appears to be a pretty darn intellectual auger on the market. With a touch-screen input and pre-programmed recipes for Bayer CropScience seed treatment products (and the ability to… Read more »