Month: December 2013

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Russia: 240,000 Acre Farms, Sugar Beets & Dairy Cows in Town

When people talk about farming in Russia, I imagine a very similar to set up to Western Canada, just bigger. If this episode of Rob Saik’s Agri-Treks is any indication, I’m both right and very wrong. See more: Tour Kenya, see where tequila comes from and more! In this latest installment chronicling some of the… Read more »

Wading Through Corn Trial Data — Think Local

If you’re like most, you spend a good chunk of the winter planning variety and hybrid selection for the next planting season (if you don’t, maybe do?). But if you look at the stack of shiny brochures all claiming to have the top variety, which do you choose? How do you know which is truly… Read more »

The 2013 Top 10 Posts of the Year

We’re wrapping up a fantastic year of covering the world of agriculture here at RealAgriculture.com, and we couldn’t wait to see how the numbers played out for our top posts. There were a few, as we watched the Twitter shares and blog comments roll, that we knew would make the list, but there are a… Read more »

Soybean School: Where Did Soybeans Muster this Big Yield From?

It seems the 2013 soybean crop defied the odds and managed to pleasantly surprise a number of farmers with decent yields. The final provincial average tally is yet to come in, but it will likely settle somewhere around the 45 or 46 bushel per acre mark. Not too shabby, considering a tough season of untimely… Read more »

Beef Straw Man Recommendations Report Published

The Beef Straw Man trio published a recommendations report at the end of December, 2013, based on the outcome of meetings held over the last year. The report signals the end of the Beef Straw Man process and provides recommendations based on three strategic priorities: industry profitability, competitiveness, and synergy and alignment. Learn More: Beef Straw… Read more »

Viterra Announces Purchase of Lethbridge Inland Terminal

Viterra has reached an agreement to purchase certain assets of Lethbridge Inland Terminal Ltd.  (LIT), including a high throughput grain elevator with a capacity of 42,000 metric tonnes, the company has announced. The deal is subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and the approval by LIT shareholders; LIT’s board of directors are unanimously… Read more »

Feeding Cattle in the USA (Party in the USA, Miley Cyrus Parody) – Derek Klingenberg

In the battle for agriculture song parody supremacy, Derek Klingenberg has released his newest track. This time it is a spoof on the Miley Cyrus’s hit Party in the USA. This new parody transforms the song into one about feeding cattle.  I betcha Miley did not have this version in mind when she wrote the… Read more »

FarmTech14 Preview – Michael Walsh – Importance of Harvest Weed Seed Control in Weed Management

Herbicide resistant weeds are one of the struggles and items of adversity that farmers face around the world.  Whether you plant in Australia, United States of Canada there is likely to be a weed in your area that carries resistance and is impacting your ability to achieve top yields. HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET FOR FARMTECH… Read more »

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

From all of us at RealAgriculture.com we would just like to take the time to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours! Thank you for being a part of the RealAg community. We can’t thank you all enough for all of your support and for making RealAgriculture.com… Read more »

When is Top-Dressing Nitrogen a Good Idea?

Interest in top-dressing nitrogen (N) is increasing across the prairies. Some producers use it to improve yield or protein content, while others use it as a risk management strategy to minimize losses. But when is top-dressing N economically advantageous? Does improving protein content ever pay? Read More: 3 Tips for Top-Dressing Nitrogen in Cereals and Canola… Read more »

University of Guelph Names 1st Research Chair in Pollinator Conservation

The University of Guelph has named Nigel Raine the inaugural holder of Canada’s first research chair in pollinator conservation following a year-long international search. Raine, a leader in pollination conservation and ecology from Britain, will join U of G in May 2014 as the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, according to a U of… Read more »

Canadian Soybean Council Receives Funding for Export-Focused Projects

The Canadian Soybean Council is set to receive over $100,000 in funding through the federal government’s Growing Forward 2 Agri-Marketing program. The funds are earmarked for specific, outgoing marketing programs aimed at building and expanding Canadian soybean exports to the European Union, Korea and Japan, according to a press release circulated by the Grain Farmers… Read more »

Cozying Up to the Seed Guide — Tips for Choosing New Varieties

Understanding how different crop varieties may react to various management practices or situations is something that doesn’t seem to get enough attention. We often hear about the “best” varieties, but how are they performing in one situation compared to another or under a different product application? Here are a two reasons building an understanding of… Read more »

FarmTech14 Preview – Mairlyn Smith – Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health

Ever heard someone say that you are what you eat. The old adage “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” has never rung more true.  Ever spend the whole growing season in the seat of the tractor and say to yourself, “man I wish I could eat the right way.” Check out Mairlyn… Read more »

Canola School: Top Tips for Protecting Bees While Protecting Your Canola

Bees play an essential role as pollinators in food production, but did you know they’re also an integral part of top canola yields? While bees aren’t necessary for canola seed set, fields where bees have foraged will yield higher and benefit from a shorter flowering window. The importance of canola to bees is also significant; 80%… Read more »