Year: 2013

Beef Research School: Best Sources for Gaining Beef Production Knowledge & Information

Where do you go for the latest in beef production information? What drives you to make changes on your operation? The Beef Research School is one of these tools, yes, but most ranchers and feedlot operators draw knowledge from conferences, extension staff, neighbours and online and hard-copy research. See more: Click here for more episodes… Read more »

Spoiling Agronomy Geeks: Gift Ideas for Farmers

Last week we published an article with Christmas gift ideas for the rancher in your life. Though many of the suggestions are fairly universal, we’d be remiss if we didn’t also help those of you shopping for farmers who prefer to be livestock-free. I think one of the happiest days of my farmer-life was the… Read more »

Kellogg’s Announces Closure of London, Ont., Cereal Plant

The ready-to-eat cereal manufacturing plant at London, Ont., is set to close by the end of 2014, according to the Kellogg’s company press room. The plant employs about 500 people. This announcement is the second of its kind for Ontario’s food manufacturing industry, as Heinz announced the closure of its ketchup plant in Leamington last… Read more »

Don’t Let a Lack of Sulfur Limit Canola Yield & Impact Plant Health

When I first started working in the agriculture industry I spent the entire month of May blending fertilizer. At this point in time when a grower came in and asked for a “34-17-0” blend, I was a pretty happy guy. It meant less work and less chance of screwing up, win-win for me as an… Read more »

New Agricultural Growth Act Tabled; Includes Changes to Cash Advance Program & More

Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Gerry Ritz was on hand at the Canterra Seeds warehouse in Winnipeg, Man., to announce the tabling of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act. The Act addresses a total of nine areas where Canada’s regulations need “modernizing, amending and streamlining of processes”. While there isn’t a monetary figure attached to… Read more »

Greg Peterson on Becoming Famous and their Newest Katy Perry-dy, “Chore”

The Peterson Farm Bros became an internet sensation overnight, with the release of their first parody, “I’m Farming and I Grow It” on June 25, 2012. Within a week of its release, the video went viral, and while still in shock, they were flown to New York City and back for an appearance on Fox… Read more »

What Does Agricultural Growth Act Mean to Canadian Agriculture – Dave Hansen, Canterra Seeds

All of us have bad days at work, good days at work and then there are awesome days at work. Today it is clear that Dave Hansen had a great day at work. Not only did Gerry Ritz hold his Agricultural Growth Act press conference at the Canterra Seeds office but the inclusion of UPOV91… Read more »

CSTA President Peter Entz Discusses the Agricultural Growth Act

Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz was in Winnipeg, Man., today to announce the tabling of Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act. The act covers a host of agriculture-related regulations — a total of nine — with an eye to “amending, streamlining and modernizing” Canada’s regulations as they relate to several areas of agriculture. From plant breeding… Read more »

Agronomy Geeks, The Western Canadian Edition — Ep. 3: On-Farm Field Trials & Machines that go Bing!

The ability to measure, track and vary inputs and other agronomic data far exceeds most people’s comfort level with data analysis. And if you’re all, whoa, what the heck is she talking about? You’ve made my point. Any new(ish) equipment comes with the fantastic built-in capability to track what its doing, and as farmers add… Read more »

The Australian Beef Industry – Expanding Export Markets through Challenging Times

There has been many challenges that have faced the Australian beef industry in recent years, from floods and drought, record high currency, political challenges and global economic slowdown. However, despite all these issues, Australia’s beef export footprint has expanded into developing nations, helping to offset the slowness into traditional markets. Shaun Haney was at the… Read more »

John Scott: Understanding the Perspective of Food Retailers

The business of food retailing is undergoing significant changes.  There is significant consolidation happening, new entrants like Whole Foods, the growth of WalMart and all of this is happening while the consumer market is not growing overall. Just like farming technology is allowing food retailers to lower costs and gain more insight into its operations… Read more »

Soybean School: The Value of Field Validation Trials & the Mystery of Sudden Death Syndrome

More replications of research trials equals more bankable results. This can mean more reps in a field, or more reps across an entire geographic area. The North Central Soybean Research program spans a huge area of the United States, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food hosts co-operative research trials with the group as… Read more »

Saik’s Agri-Treks, Kenya — Ep. 3: The Corn Harvest, Rift Valley & Tea Leaves

Can you imagine hand harvesting your corn crop? How about drying and storing corn in an orphanage? Farming in North America and farming in Africa do share some similarities such as crop type, but that’s about where the similarities end. It’s hard to even imagine a fraction of the challenges farmers face there. In this… Read more »

This Week on RealAg — The December 6th Edition

When your coworkers work in three different provinces, it can be tough to ever actually see each other. Here at RealAgriculture, we try to get to get together whenever we can, but sometimes the weather conspires against us. And so, the blizzard that smacked around Calgary on Monday, causing travel delays and flight cancellations impacted… Read more »

What Are You Waiting For? Now is the Time to Step Up, Thirtysomethings

I had the great pleasure of joining the Manitoba Canola Growers Association for its second Canola Leaders event held November 29 and 30, 2013, at Brandon, Manitoba. About 20 young farmers participated in two days of fun, networking and learning, with a heavy emphasis on the importance of food, understanding consumers, learning leadership skills and… Read more »