Year: 2013

Soybean School: Why Testing for Soybean Cyst Nematode is a Must

Do you know the soybean cyst nematode levels in fields on your farm? If you’re growing or plan on growing soybeans, you should be testing every field to determine the presence of this pest. After all, it’s the number one pest of soybean in the world. Horst Bohner, soybean specialist with the Ontario Ministry of… Read more »

Harvesting the Sun: Keep Soil Working as Long as Possible

Does bare, black earth harvest the sun? Nope. Unless there is a plant to intercept the sunlight, that beam of energy doesn’t really do a thing for the soil and that needs to change, says Peter Johnson, cereal specialist with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Johnson, and many others at OMAF, are on… Read more »

The Basics of Surface Land Agreements

Farming can be an overwhelming business, with scientific and economic complexities in every decision. Just deciding on seeding plans or organizing a work crew for silage season can be incredibly stressful. And just when you thought the decisions couldn’t be anymore prevalent, you get a call from a land company requesting access to survey for… Read more »

Beef Advocacy Program to be Launched Early 2014

Inspired by the Masters of Beef Advocacy program offered in the United States, Canada’s Beef Advocacy Program will be available to the public in the new year, and will be comprised of two levels. The first level will be for anyone with interest in the beef industry, providing information “right from genetics and breeding all… Read more »

TechTour Poll: Which Do You Choose First, Grassy or Broadleaf Herbicide?

Weed control ahead of the crop is so vital to getting the crop off to the best start possible, it’s true, but later emerging or flushes of weeds can strangle a crop in a hurry. As discussed in the first episode of Tech Tour, the sprayer can be a great first place to begin adding… Read more »

Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission Names First Board of Directors

The ballots are in and counted, and the first seven-member board of the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (SWDC) has been named. The board members, with their hometowns, are: Rod Flaman, Edenwold – 4 year term Ken Rosaasen, Saskatoon – 4 year term Bill Gehl, Regina – 4 year term Glenn Tait, Meota – 4 year… Read more »

This Week on RealAg — The December 13th Edition

This week started out very different from most weeks, as word came that the Minister of Agriculture would be making a “very large announcement” in the afternoon. I shuffled my schedule and packed my gear and braved the cold to be in the audience when ag minister Gerry Ritz announced Bill C-18, the Canadian Agricultural… Read more »

Details on Kinze’s Multi-Hybrid Concept Corn Planter

Precision farming and variable rate application technology matures every year. Whether it’s advances in mapping or data integration or the roll out of new iron up to the challenge, farmers have no shortage of new precision farming tools at their disposal. Kinze Manufacturing is adding to that stable of options with its latest corn concept… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Kenya —Ep. 4: Elephants as a Crop Pest & the Challenge of Weather

In this last episode of Rob Saik’s epic Agri-Trek to Kenya, Rob takes us on a tour of a primary school’s hodge-podge of a garden. We use the term only to mean the organization of the garden, because the diversity of plants is unlike anything you’d likely see in a North American garden. Corn, beans… Read more »

Spending More Time on Management? You’re Not Alone

Farming has become a year-round state of mind. Seasonality is not as much of a management consideration as it once was, especially for crop producers. Planting season and harvest season still exist, but due to increased demands – including the need to constantly be working on public image — the farming season has become a… Read more »

An Organic Farmer Walks Into Monsanto…And This is What Happened

By Rob Wallbridge, Songberry Farm, Bristol, QC. The story of how I came to be touring Monsanto starts back in late April and a blog post where I questioned the current tenor of the GMO debate. It caught the attention of Janice Person, a Social Media Director for Monsanto, who commented, “if you ever want… Read more »

Till-N-Plant Offers Strip-Tillage, Fertilizer Application & Planting in One Pass

As corn and soybeans move west and north through the prairies, the interest in equipment that departs from the typical drill grows substantially. As western Canadian farmers are learning, it’s not just the planter that makes a big difference to corn yields; seed bed prep and fertilizer placement can be much different versus these same… Read more »

Audio: Monsanto & Novozymes to Create the BioAg Alliance

Monsanto Company announced yesterday that the company had entered into a “long-term strategic alliance” with Novozymes, to create what it is calling the BioAg Alliance. The agreement is subject to the approval of the relevant national antitrust authorities to the extent required, but is expected to close in early 2014. Monsanto paid $300 million in… Read more »

Mo Crop, Mo Problems – Western Canada Grain Markets

If  the NOTORIOUS B.I.G was a market analyst he would describe the current situation in Western Canada as, “Mo crop, mo problems” (was that a reach???).  The 2014 Western Canadian crop is very large, on farm storage is full, railways are jammed and ports are shipping as much as they can. Get More: If you… Read more »

The Nozzle Sprays at Midnight: A Farming Smarter Conference Recap with Ken Coles

There are many times during the busy conference season that I wish I could clone myself so that I could attend every meeting that interests me. While Twitter does a great job of bridging the gap at times, there’s still nothing quite like actually sitting in on a fascinating discussion on new research findings and… Read more »